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Minnesota Downed 4-1 By Tampa Bay - Carl Pavano Takes Loss

Tampa Bay got 8 innings of work from James Shields en route to a 4-1 victory over Minnesota on Saturday at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay was favored by -195 and came through for bettors backing them. The game went UNDER the consensus closing total of 7.5.

Tampa Bay got 8 innings from James Shields, who gave up 1 earned run on 5 hits, while striking out 7. He earned the victory, while the Rays got 2 RBIs from B.J. Upton in the win.

Minnesota's starting pitcher Carl Pavano worked 6 innings, giving up 7 hits and 2 earned runs while striking out 7 in the loss. They got 2 hits from Joe Mauer in a losing cause.

Tampa Bay outhit their counterparts 8-5 in the game.

The game was closed out by Fernando Rodney who got the final outs in the victory. He allowed 0 hits, 0 walks and fanned 2 batters to earn the save.