ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) â€” Jeremy Hellickson won his major-league debut, Matt Joyce had two RBIs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 on Monday night.
Hellickson (1-0) allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings, helping the Rays win for the ninth time in the last 10 games.
Tampa Bay went up 4-1 in the fifth when Carl Crawford hit a run-scoring double and Joyce drove in two more off Carl Pavano (13-7) with a double during a 12-pitch at-bat. Joyce has 15 RBIs over his last 17 games.
Jason Kubel homered and had two RBIs for the Twins, who had an eight-game winning streak end. Pavano gave up four runs and nine hits over six innings, after going 8-0 in his previous 10 starts.