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Rays avoid sweep by Padres

Rays avoid sweep by Padres

Willy Aybar drove in a pair of runs as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the San Diego Padres 5-3 Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep at Tropicana Field.

The Rays won the finale as -176 favorites, while the eight runs went as a PUSH against the posted over/under (8) set by sportsbooks.

Kelly Shoppach and Carlos Pena also went deep for the Rays. Matt Garza pitched the win in relief, and Rafael Soriano finished the ninth for his 17th save.

Wade Leblanc suffered the loss for the Pafres, giving up 11 hits and four runs over his 5 1-3 innings.