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By Dave Campbell / AP Sports Writer, Published August 10 2012

Twins' De Vries roughed up in loss to Rays

MINNEAPOLIS – Matt Joyce hit a two-run homer and a two-run double, Jose Molina drove in three runs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 12-6 on Friday night to keep pace in the crowded American League wild card race with their ninth win in 12 games.

Jeremy Hellickson (7-7) won for the third time in his last four starts despite lasting only five innings. He had an 8-1 lead after a six-run second by the Rays, who batted around twice and won their fourth straight game. This is the longest streak since June 7-10 for Tampa Bay, which won six in a row two separate times earlier in the season.

The Twins had won nine of their previous 13 games, but rookie Cole De Vries (2-3) was roughed up from the very first pitch. Desmond Jennings hit the first of six doubles by the Rays and scored on Joyce’s no-doubt drive to right field. De Vries got only four outs and gave up seven hits, eight runs and 14 total bases, his ERA soaring from 3.81 to 4.77 in his 11th start of 2012.

The Rays started a 10-game road trip in style, finishing one short of their season-high score, 13 at Miami on June 9. They started the day in what’s essentially a five-team chase for the two wild card spots, one game behind Oakland and a half-game back of Baltimore and Detroit.

Evan Longoria drove in a run with a second-inning single, giving him three RBIs in four games since returning from his 85-game absence caused by a partially torn left hamstring. Manager Joe Maddon spoke before the game about the boost Longoria has given to the team’s spirit just by being in the lineup, and the Rays improved to 19-8 this season when he is.

Ben Zobrist, playing shortstop for the second straight game, was the only starter without a hit. But he made two slick pick-ups of ground balls up the middle, including one that ended the first inning with Josh Willingham on first after he drove in Joe Mauer with a single for his 85th RBI, third-most in the league behind Miguel Cabrera and Josh Hamilton.

This was Mauer’s 12th three-hit game of the season, on the night when the first 20,000 fans through the gates got his replica sideburns as a souvenir.

Hellickson finished at least six innings in all five of his July starts, but he has only totaled nine innings in two August turns.

Tampa Bay Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

DJnngs lf 4 3 3 1 Span cf 5 1 2 0

BUpton cf 4 0 1 2 Revere rf 5 0 1 1

EJhnsn ss 1 0 0 0 Mauer c 4 1 3 1

Joyce rf 4 2 2 4 Butera c 1 0 0 0

Longori dh 3 0 1 1 Wlngh lf 3 0 1 1

Rdrz dh-2b 0 0 0 0 Mstrnn lf 2 1 1 0

Zbrist ss-2b 5 0 0 0 Mornea 1b 3 1 1 0

Badnhp p 0 0 0 0 Doumit dh 4 1 1 1

C.Pena 1b 4 1 1 0 ACasill 2b 4 0 1 1

Kppngr 3b 3 2 2 0 Dozier ss 3 0 1 1

Fuld cf 2 0 0 0 JCarrll 3b 2 1 0 0

Rorts 2b-3b 4 2 1 0

JMolin c 4 2 2 3

Totals 38 12 13 11 Totals 36 6 12 6

Tampa Bay 260 004 000— 12

Minnesota 101 100 021— 6

E—J.Carroll (9). DP—Tampa Bay 1, Minnesota 3. LOB—Tampa Bay 4, Minnesota 7. 2B—De.Jennings 2 (15), B.Upton (19), Joyce (12), Keppinger (10), R.Roberts (2), Mauer (24). 3B—Span (3). HR—Joyce (13), Doumit (13). SF—Dozier.

IP H R ER BB SO

Tampa Bay

Hellickson W,7-7 5 7 3 3 2 3

Howell 1 1 0 0 1 1

McGee 1 0 0 0 0 0

Badenhop 2 4 3 3 0 0

Minnesota

De Vries L,2-3 1Zc 7 8 7 0 1

Manship 4 4 4 4 1 1

Perdomo 2Xc 2 0 0 2 2

Gray 1 0 0 0 1 0

HBP—by Gray (C.Pena).

T—3:06. A—38,108 (39,500).