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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Rays Win Pivotal Series

The Rays win a much needed series, Red Sox caught cheating, and Chris Archer should pitch this weekend

Minnesota Twins v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Rays were victorious as they barely held on to defeat the Minnesota Twins and take the series against them. Jake Odorizzi carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning, but a perfectly placed groundball caromed off the second base bag to give the Twins their first hit.

Nonetheless, it was one of Odorizzi’s best outings of the year, and the Rays desperately needed it as Bartolo Colon has found new life with the Twins and pitched brilliantly. Lucas Duda found a chink in Big Sexy’s armor though and blasted a solo homer off him, as well as a run scoring double to account for all of the Rays runs.

Robbie Grossman greeted Alex Colome in the 9th inning by sending a ball into the Rays touch tank, surely PETA will be sending word to the Rays if they haven’t already. Colome allowed two more runners to reach base, but Adeiny Hechavarria managed to make another one of his patented ridiculous plays to end the game, giving the Rays a 2-1 victory.

The Rays are back at .500 and right in the thick of a fantastic Wild Card race that has seven teams within three games of each other. Heading into play this afternoon, the Rays are 2.5 games back of the Los Angeles Angels, who took over the second Wild Card spot from the Twins last night.