ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The failure to get a big hit cost the Minnesota Twins again.
Ben Zobrist hit an RBI single with two outs in the 13th inning and the Tampa Bay Rays won their season-best seventh straight game, beating the Twins 4-3 Wednesday night.
Minnesota has lost 10 of 11, including four straight. The Twins went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and have been successful just three times in 27 chances during the first three games of the four-game series.
"A long night," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "A lot of missed opportunities. We missed so many opportunities to drive in a run as they did."
The Twins struck out 19 times.
"We chased a lot of pitches," Gardenhire said. "They figured it out pretty quick that we were swinging at two strikes in the dirt. We chased I don't know how many balls in the dirt. A ton. Guys are trying to do too much. Stay within yourself. They've got some pretty good pitchers over there that throw some nasty stuff up there."
Zobrist lined a 1-2 pitch from Ryan Pressly (2-1) into the gap in right-center field, ending a 4-hour, 47-minute game.
"It was up," Pressly said. "Definitely not where I wanted to throw that pitch. He hit a hanging breaking ball."
Tampa Bay climbed to a season-best 12 games over .500. The Rays also improved to 9-1 in a stretch of 14 consecutive games against the Twins, Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros — teams with the three worst records in the American League.
Cesar Ramos (2-2) got two outs, escaping a jam with runners at first and third in the 13th to get the win.
Yunel Escobar singled with one out in the 13th and took second with two outs on Pressly's errant pickoff throw. After Luke Scott walked on a full count, Zobrist singled.
Pedro Florimon hit a two-run, third-inning homer and Clete Thomas had a RBI single in the fifth to give the Twins a 3-1 lead against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Kelly Johnson's two-run homer off Minnesota starter Kevin Correia made it 3-all in the sixth.