MINNEAPOLIS - Matt Joyce hit a two-run homer and a two-run double, Jose Molina drove in three runs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 12-6 on Friday night to keep pace in the crowded American League wild card race with their ninth win in their last 12 games.
Jeremy Hellickson (7-7) won for the third time in his last four starts despite lasting only five innings. He had an 8-1 lead after a six-run second by the Rays, who batted around twice and won their fourth straight. This is their longest streak since June 7-10. They won six in a row two separate times earlier in the season.
The Twins had won nine of their previous 13 games.
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