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July 11, 2013

Tampa Bay downs Twins -- again

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Too much Matt Moore, not enough contact and another loss for the Minnesota Twins.

Moore earned his 13th win on the day he was added to the American League All-Star team, and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a four-game sweep of the Twins, 4-3 Thursday.

Luke Scott and Evan Longoria broke a 1-all tie with consecutive home runs off Mike Pelfrey in the sixth inning, sending the Twins to their 11th loss in 12 games.

"When we tied it up, I figured here's my chance to keep us in this game, and I go out and give up the two home runs," Pelfrey said.

Pelfrey (4-7) gave up three runs in six innings.

"That's how you ruin a good day. My stuff was good and I made bad pitches. That's what happens," he said.

Moore (13-3) allowed three runs, three hits and two walks while striking out 10 over 7 1-3 innings, winning his fifth straight start and setting a team record for victories before the All-Star break.

At the end of a frustrating series, manager Ron Gardenhire was most frustrated by all the whiffs.

"Moore was really good with filthy stuff, and all the (relievers) they brought out threw the ball really well," Gardenhire said. "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."

After striking out 19 times in Wednesday night's 13-inning loss, the Twins struck out 13 times Thursday and 43 times in the four-game series.

Two of the runs charged to Moore scored when reliever Alex Torres gave up a two-run single in the eighth to Joe Mauer that cut the Twins' deficit to 4-3. Jake McGee got his first save pitching a scoreless ninth.

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