Drew Smyly (4-0) worked out of a jam in the ninth for the win, and Joaquin Benoit pitched the 10th for his seventh save, striking out Mike Aviles with runners at first and third to end the game.
RAYS 7, TWINS 4
In St Petersburg, Florida, Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist homered during a three-run seventh inning as the surging Rays beat the Twins.
Escobar had a leadoff tiebreaking homer in the seventh off Samuel Deduno (4-4), who departed after Desmond Jennings followed with a triple.
Caleb Thielbar entered and got one out before Zobrist gave Tampa Bay a 6-3 lead with a two-run shot.
Alex Torres (3-0) pitched a perfect seventh for the Rays, who have won nine of 10 and moved to a season-best 10-games (50-40) over .500. Escobar also had a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Fernando Rodney got the final two outs to pick up his 20th save after an RBI single by Pedro Florimon off Jamey Wright.
In other AL action, it was:
‧ Royals 5, Yankees 1
‧ Mariners 11, Red Sox 4
In interleague play, it was:
‧ Cubs 8, White Sox 2
‧ Athletics 2, Pirates 1