Recap: Rays 3, Twins 0
Rays 3, Twins 0: Chris Archer pitched six scoreless innings and Yunel Escobar went 3-for-4 with an RBI as visiting Tampa Bay claimed the opener of a three-game series.James Loney and Desmond Jennings each knocked in a run for the Rays, who lead Cleveland by 1 1/2 games for the second American League wild-card spot. Archer (9-7) allowed three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out seven for the victory after losing his last two starts.Trevor Plouffe registered a pair of hits for the Twins, who have dropped three straight and seven of their last nine. Kevin Correia (9-12) yielded three runs and eight hits over six-plus innings, losing for the fourth time in his last five decisions.Wil Myers' line drive went off the glove of right fielder Clete Thomas for a double with two outs in the second inning before scoring on Jennings' single for a 1-0 lead. Loney doubled the advantage in the third with a two-out RBI single that scored Escobar.Jose Molina doubled to lead off the seventh and galloped home on Escobar's two-base hit, but the Rays squandered a chance to add more with two on and none out. Jake McGee and Joel Peralta each pitched a scoreless inning and Fernando Rodney completed a perfect ninth for his 35th save.GAME NOTEBOOK: Rays RHP Jesse Crain threw a 50-pitch bullpen session Friday and is expected to toss live batting practice Monday. Acquired from the Chicago White Sox on July 29, Crain has been on the disabled list since June 29 with a shoulder strain. … Minnesota CF Alex Presley had one hit in four at-bats and is 17-for-51 since being acquired from Pittsburgh in the Justin Morneau trade. … Tampa Bay 2B Ben Zobrist registered his 461st career walk in the fifth inning - all with the Rays - to pass Carlos Pena (460) for the club record.