Harris homers to lead Twins past Tampa Bay

Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Brendan Harris homered and Justin Morneau and Carlos Gomez also drove in runs Sunday to help the Minnesota Twins avoid a weekend sweep with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Nick Blackburn (5-2) pitched six strong innings, allowing two runs and seven hits, and the Twins scored all their runs off Matt Garza (4-4) to beat their former teammate and end a three-game losing streak.

Carlos Pena hit his AL-leading 17th homer for the Rays. Matt Joyce also homered off Blackburn, however Garza — facing his former team for the first time — was unable to hold a 2-1 lead after limiting the Twins to two hits over the first five innings.

Twins reliever Jose Mijares pitched out of a jam with the tying run on third base in the eighth. Joe Nathan worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save in 11 opportunities.


Garza was acquired in the November 2007 trade that also brought shortstop Jason Bartlett to the Rays as part of a six-player transaction that sent Harris and outfielder Delmon Young to Minnesota.

Denard Sapn legged out a bunt and later scored on Justin Morneau’s RBI single that made it 2-2 in the sixth.

Gomez’s bloop single, the third straight hit off Garza, snapped the tie in the seventh. Garza allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings.


Rays 5, Twins 2

David Price struck out 11 to earn his first regular-season win in the majors, and Evan Longoria got his 55th RBI of the season to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Twins 5-2 on Saturday.

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