Game 113: B.J. Upton Powers Rays To Victory

By David Hill

David Price was going for his 15th win of the season, and B.J. Upton provided plenty of support.

The Rays followed the script from yesterday, jumping out to an early lead against the Minnesota Twins. Upton cranked a two run home run in the top of the first, and was followed by a solo home run by Matthew Joyce, giving the Rays a 3-0 lead before an out was recorded.

Minnesota rallied in the bottom of the second, using three consecutive singles to push a run across the plate. With runners on first and second with no out, Price was able to induce Brian Dozier to ground into a double play, and ended the inning with an infield pop up. The Rays got the run back in the top of the fifth, as Upton homered for the second time in the game, giving the Rays a 4-1 lead.

The Twins pulled back within two again in the bottom of the inning, as Dozier connected for a solo home run, trimming the lead to 4-2. However, from that point on, David Price was in control. For the game, he allowed just the two runs on seven hits, striking out five batters over seven innings of work. Fernando Rodney pitched a perfect ninth for his 35th save of the year.

A day after grounding into three double plays, Ben Zobrist went 3-4 with a double. Ryan Roberts was 2-4 in the win.