Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon praised the Target Field grounds crew almost as much as he praised his own team after the Rays beat the Minnesota Twins, 7-0, on a rainy Saturday night.
''Their groundskeepers, that was a great job getting that field ready,'' said Maddon, whose team waited around through a 2 hour, 4 minute rain delay in the fourth inning before finishing off Minnesota.
''I know we won, but I would've said the same thing had we not won that game. It really had an awkward everything about it. Everything kind of worked out, so that was a great job on their part.''
Matt Moore and five relievers combined on a four-hitter and the Rays held their wild-card lead.
The Rays teamed to blank the Twins for the second straight day, and threw their 15th shutout of the season. Tampa Bay beat Minnesota for the 11th time in a row.
Desmond Jennings hit a pair of RBI doubles as the Rays stayed 1 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland for the second AL wild-card spot.
Evan Longoria and Yunel Esc...