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7/9/2013
TB Wins 5th Straight, Keeps Pace With Sox
AP PHOTOTampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar, right, beats Minnesota’s Oswaldo Arcia to the bag for the out at second base	during the fourth inning of Monday’s game in Florida.
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Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar, right, beats Minnesota’s Oswaldo Arcia to the bag for the out at second base during the fourth inning of Monday’s game in Florida.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist homered during a three-run seventh inning and the surging Rays beat the Twins.

Escobar had a leadoff tiebreaking homer in the seventh off Samuel Deduno (4-4), who departed after Desmond Jennings followed with a triple. Caleb Thielbar entered and got one out before Zobrist gave Tampa Bay a 6-3 lead with a two-run shot.

Alex Torres (3-0) pitched a perfect seventh for the Rays, who have won nine of 10 and moved to a season-best 10-games (50-40) over .500. Escobar also had a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Fernando Rodney got the final two outs to pick up his 20th save after an RBI single by Pedro Florimon off Jamey Wright.

RANGERS 7, ORIOLES 5: In Baltimore, Ian Kinsler capped a six-run sixth inning with a bases-loaded double, and the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-5 Monday night in a rematch of last year's AL wild-card game.

The victory thrust the Rangers 15 games over .500 (52-37) for the first time since May 25. It also improved their road record to 25-18, best in franchise history after 43 games.

Kinsler had four RBIs, including three in the sixth against former teammate Scott Feldman (0-1) when the Rangers turned a 3-2 deficit into an 8-3 lead.



LTK

Derek Holland (7-4) allowed five runs, three earned, and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings for Texas. He struck out Matt Wieters and major-league home run leader Chris Davis three times apiece.

YANKEES: New York shortstop Derek Jeter went 0 for 2 with a walk and a run scored in five innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday night in his third game back from an ankle injury.

Jeter tested the left ankle several times while playing the field for just the second time and was part of four defensive plays.

He fielded two grounders, caught one pick-off attempt at second base and tagged out a runner on a close fielder's choice call in which he took a throw from the catcher and had to drop to his knees to apply the tag.

He reached on an error in the first inning, walked leading off the third and came around to score three batters later, and grounded out to third in the fifth.

RAYS: Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Cobb, hit in the head by a ball in June, hasn't ruled out pitching again in the next month.

Cobb, struck in the right ear on a June 15 liner by Kansas City's Eric Hosmer, threw off a mound for the second time since being hurt before Monday night's game against Minnesota.

"The timeline is, obviously, getting shorter for me and that's exciting," Cobb said. "Hopefully early August, maybe end of this month would be a pretty nice expectation. Right now, I am trying to get there as soon as possible."

Cobb is scheduled to have another bullpen session Thursday.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PHILLIES 3, NATS 2: In Philly, John Lannan tossed four-hit ball over eight innings against his former team, and Ben Revere had three hits.

Lannan (2-3) had four strikeouts in his longest outing in four years. The lefty registered 12 groundouts to beat the team he played for his first six seasons in the majors.

Jonathan Papelbon allowed two runs in a shaky ninth to earn his 19th save in 23 tries.

Dan Haren (4-10) came off the disabled list and took the loss after missing two weeks because of right shoulder inflammation. Haren allowed two runs and seven hits in five innings, striking out a season-high seven.

Revere and Jimmy Rollins, the 1-2 hitters in Philadelphia's lineup were 5 for 9 with three runs and one RBI.

In other Philluies news, Ryan Howard needs surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss at least six to eight weeks.

Howard, the 2006 NL MVP, went on the disabled list Saturday. An MRI Monday confirmed the tear in his knee. A date for surgery hasn't been set.

The three-time All-Star was hitting .266 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs. He was noticeably limping during games before he was shut down. He said he continued to play through the pain because he thought he could perform.

Howard played his first game last season on July 6 after tearing his left Achilles tendon making the final out in the 2011 NL division series.

INTERLEAGUE

A's 2, PIRATES 1: In Pittsburgh, Bartolo Colon allowed one run over seven innings and the Oakland Athletics won for the ninth time in their past 12 games, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Monday night.

The 40-year-old Colon (12-3) shook off a tough-luck 3-1 defeat in his previous start to win for the ninth time in his last 10 outings. He outdueled Jeff Locke, who had a personal eight-game winning streak snapped. Locke (8-2) lost for the first time since his first start of the season April 10.

Colon moved into a tie for second in the majors in victories, and has the second-most wins by a 40-year-old in A's history. He allowed seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts.

Coco Crisp made a diving catch in left-center to preserve Oakland's lead in the seventh off a hard-hit sinking liner from Andrew McCutchen with two men on and two outs.

ALL-STAR GAME: Candice Glover will sing the national anthem before Tuesday's All-Star game.

Marc Anthony will sing "God Bless America" during the seventh inning July 16 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.

Glover won the 12th season of "American Idol." Pitbull will perform on the field before the Home Run Derby on July 15.







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