Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays 4, Twins 2: Price wins 15th, Upton goes yard twice
Posted Aug 11, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Aug 11, 2012 at 11:29 PM
MINNEAPOLIS The Rays made it five straight wins with a 4-2 victory Saturday night against the Twins at Target Field.
David Price went seven innings and earned his 15th victory of the season, trying him with R.A. Dickey of the Mets and Jared Weaver of the Angels for the most wins in the majors.
B.J. Upton homered twice. Matt Joyce homered for the second straight night and extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
Here are some notes …
—Price turned in his 10th straight quality start, tying him with the Julio Santana (1998) for the club record. He is 7-0 with a 1.89 ERA in his last 10 starts.
—Upton and Joyce hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning, making it the third time the Rays have gone back-to-back this season. Elliot Johnson and Ben Zobrist did it May 13 at Baltimore and Johnson and Carlos Peña did it May 25 at Boston.
Upton also homered in the fifth inning for the third two-home run game of his career. His first inning homer, a two-run shot, was his first homer of the season with a runner on base.
—The Rays played their 10th straight errorless game, tying a club record.
—The Rays, who have won eight of their last 10, have had two six-game winning streaks this season, the last from April 29 to May 4.
—They are now 22-14 on the road after beginning the year 7-11 away from the Trop.
—The Rays have 24 hits in the first two games of this three-game series, 11 of which were for extra bases. They are batting .336 in their last three games.