St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP) — Yoni Chirino pitched a solid sixth inning, Harold Ramirez homered in a three-run fourth and Major League Baseball’s best team, the Rays, beat the AL Tampa Bay to complete a three-game series sweep. Central-leading Minnesota Twins 4-2 on Thursday.
Called up from Triple-A Durham before the game, Chirinos (3-1) allowed one run and five hits during his 5 2-3 innings in his first major league appearance since April 29. Jason Adam, the Rays’ third reliever, finished ninth with 10 saves in 14 chances.
Tampa Bay is 29–6 at home, and has won six straight overall and has a season record of 46–19.
Carlos Correa, who returned Tuesday after missing three games following a plantar fasciitis injury to his left foot, and Michael A. Taylor homered for the Twins, who have lost a career-high five straight games on the season.
Minnesota’s Bailey Ober (3-3) retired the first 11 batters, including six straight strikeouts in the second and third innings, before losing the perfect game and taking the lead in a three-hitter span.
For the Twins, Puerto Rican Carlos Correa scored 4–2 with a run and an RBI, Willie Castro, 4–1.
For the Rays, Colombian Harold Ramírez drove in a run and went 3–1 with two RBIs. Dominican Vander Franco scored a run to seal the 4–0 win. Cuban-Mexican Randy Arrozarena scored a run to make it 1–0.