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Escobar and Zobrist homer, Rays beat Twins
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Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Zobrist, right, and Desmond Jennings celebrate after both scoring off of Zobrist's two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Monday, July 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
July 8, 2013, 10:18 pm

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist homered during a three-run seventh inning and the surging Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 7-4 on Monday night.

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.

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