Evan Longoria greets Carl Crawford after Crawford's solo homer against the Twins. (Steve Nesius/AP)
By Zach Schonbrun / MLB.com
Backed by a brilliant start from James Shields, the Rays snapped a five-game skid and took the first contest from the Twins. Evan Longoria's three-run shot to center in the sixth put Tampa Bay ahead for good, and the Rays escaped an eighth-inning Twins rally.
BATTING 2B: Zobrist (13, Baker, S), Aybar, W (6, Mijares). HR: Crawford, C (2, 3rd inning off Baker, S, 0 on, 2 out), Longoria (13, 6th inning off Baker, S, 2 on, 0 out). TB: Gross; Longoria 6; Upton, B 2; Crawford, C 5; Zobrist 2; Aybar, W 2. RBI: Crawford, C (23), Longoria 3 (54), Aybar, W (13). 2-out RBI: Crawford, C; Aybar, W. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kapler 2. Team RISP: 2-for-4. Team LOB: 5.
BASERUNNING CS: Zobrist (2, 3rd base by Henn/Mauer), Kapler (1, 2nd base by Crain/Mauer).