ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Moore won his 13th game this season, Luke Scott and Evan Longoria hit back-to-back homers, and the surging Tampa Bay Rays completed a four-game sweep by beating the struggling Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Thursday.
Moore, left off the AL All-Star team announced last weekend, gave up three runs, three hits, two walks and had 10 strikeouts over 7 1-3 innings in winning his fifth straight start and setting a team record for victories before the All-Star break.
Scott and Longoria hit solo shots in a span of three pitches off Mike Pelfrey as the Rays took a 3-1 lead in the sixth. Longoria, bothered recently by plantar fasciitis, stopped a career-high stretch of 14 games without an extra base hit.
The Twins struck out six times and had only one well hit ball, a third-inning fly near the warning track in center by Aaron Hicks through five innings. The lone baserunner during the stretch came when Mauer drew a two-out walk in the fourth.
"That's a heck of a pitching staff over there," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Moore was really good with filthy stuff and all the guys they brought out threw the ball really well, but we've still got to put the ball in play better than we did the last couple of days, and that really affected the outcomes of games."
The Twins struck out 19 times in Wednesday night's 4-3, 13-inning loss. They'll try to break out of a rut that has seen the team lose 11 of its last 12 games with a weekend series against the Yankees in New York.
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