MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- 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 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 game. This is the longest streak since June 7-10 for Tampa Bay, which won six in a row two separate times earlier in the season.
The Twins had won nine of their previous 13 games, but rookie Cole De Vries (2-3) was roughed up from the very first pitch. Desmond Jennings hit the first of six doubles by the Rays and scored on Joyce's no-doubt drive to right field. De Vries got only four outs and gave up seven hits, eight runs and 14 total bases, his ERA soaring from 3.81 to 4.77 in his 11th start of 2012.