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ST. Brandon Williams Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Solid pitching, stellar defence and disciplined offence that produced just enough runs to win again was a successful combination for the Rays again. "Its just a formula for success in baseball when you do those different things," manager Joe Maddon said after the Tampa Bay Rays won their season-best seventh straight game on Wednesday night, beating the struggling Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Ben Zobrists RBI single with two outs in the 13th inning. "Thats pretty basic, good stuff that everybody attempts to achieve," Maddon added. "But thats why were winning as many games as we have." Zobrist lined a 1-2 pitch from Ryan Pressly (2-1) into the gap in right-centre field, ending a 4-hour, 47-minute game that featured 35 strikeouts -- 19 for Rays pitchers. Tampa Bay climbed to a season-best 12 games over .500. The second-place Rays also improved to 9-1 during 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. The Twins have has lost 10 of 11, including four straight. They tied a franchise record by fanning 19 times for the first time since 1968. "A long night," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "A lot of pitches thrown by both teams. A lot of missed opportunities." 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 Presslys errant pickoff throw. After Luke Scott walked on a full count, Zobrist singled. "Ive had some timely hits, but its been up and down the lineup," Zobrist said. "You think about the hits Luke Scott had today and the hits hes had lately, and you cant say enough tonight about our bullpen, shutting it down with men in scoring position and getting a lot of big strikeouts." 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 Johnsons two-run homer off Minnesota starter Kevin Correia made it 3-all in the sixth. The game ended just before midnight, just over 12 hours before the teams wrap up a four-game series Thursday afternoon. "When you win a game like that, theres a residual energy. When you dont win a game like that, you have to go looking for that energy," Maddon said. "It doesnt mean you win the next day, but it definitely makes it easier to walk in the door." The Twins wasted opportunities to take the lead in the ninth and 11th. They failed to take advantage of a pair of singles to begin the ninth against closer Fernando Rodney, and let reliever Jamey Wright off the hook when Oswaldo Arcia grounded out to strand runners at second and third base in the 11th. Arcia also couldnt get the potential go-ahead run home in the 13th, striking out after Joe Mauer singled and moved to third on Ryan Doumits two-out single off Ramos. "He was just swinging out of the zone, going a little crazy there. A young kid trying to do too much," Gardenhire said of the 22-year-old Arcias struggles. "Trying to hit an eight-run homer. ... All we need is one guy in, and hes swinging like a mad man. ... Thats what happens with kids. Youve got to live with it." Tampa Bay nearly won it in the 10th. Wil Myers singled with two outs, and running on a 3-2 pitch would have scored easily from first base on Johnsons line drive that Twins centre fielder Aaron Hicks leaped to catch before crashing into the wall. Hellickson had won four consecutive starts, matching the longest streak of his career, before Wednesday night. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed three runs, six hits and struck out eight in six innings. Correia limited the Rays to three singles and Escobars second-inning sacrifice fly until James Loney singled to open the sixth. Johnson, in the lineup because of his history of success against the Minnesota starter, followed with his fifth home run in 25 career at-bats against Correia. NOTES: Evan Longoria went 1 for 4 with an infield single, two walks and a pair of strikeouts. The Tampa Bay star is 6 for 44 with no extra-base hits over his last 14 games -- the longest extra-base hit drought of his career. ... Johnson went 2 for 3 against Correia and is 9 for 25 lifetime against the right-hander. ... Florimons homer was his first since June 9 at Washington. ... Since being promoted from Triple-A Durham for the second time this season on June 1, Rays LHP Alex Torres leads all American League relievers whove worked a minimum of 15 innings with an 0.42 ERA. Hes allowed one earned run in last 21 2-3 innings, while limiting opposing hitters to an .085 batting average. ... Tampa Bay RHP Alex Cobb, out since being hit in the right ear by a line drive on June 15, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Thursday. ... Minnesota 1B Justin Morneau singled in the ninth for his 1,276th career hit, tying Gary Gaetti for seventh on the Twins all-time list. Andy Lee Jersey .C. -- Manny Malhotra had two goals and an assist, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Kurt Warner Jersey . A big centre with all the tools to be an elite player, Johansen paced the Blue Jackets with a standout game Saturday night. He had a goal and two assists for a career-high three points as Columbus beat the New York Islanders 5-2 to snap a five-game losing streak. . "I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game," the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from. To help you set your lineups and avoid starting a player who doesnt take the field, we will post fantasy-relevant updates and analysis here as NFL teams release their Sunday inactive lists before kickoff. Any rankings cited in this column come from our ESPN Fantasy staff ranks.?Teams on bye this week: Falcons, Broncos, Jets, Chargers.Refresh often for the latest information.Ruled out before SundayDE Cameron Heyward (pectoral), C Mike Pouncey (hip), RB DeAngelo Williams (knee), WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder), S Barry Church (forearm), RB Jacquizz Rodgers (foot), WR Jeremy Maclin (groin), TE Rob Gronkowski (chest), WR Chris Hogan (back), DE Michael Bennett (knee)Early games, 1 p.m. ET (eight scheduled)WR Robert Woods (foot, questionable) -- active LB C.J. Mosley (thigh, questionable) -- active WR Dez Bryant (back, questionable) -- active DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle, questionable) -- active RB Theo Riddick (ankle, questionable) -- active CB Marcus Peters (hip, questionable) -- inactive LB Justin Houston (knee, questionable) -- active LB Derrick Johnson (hamstring, questionable) -- active LB Deone Bucannon (ankle, questionable) -- active CB Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder, questionable) -- inactive WR Eddie Royal (toe, questionable) -- activeLate games, 4:05 and 4:25 p.m. ET (three scheduled)WR Jarvis Landry (shoulder, questionable) -- active WR Kenny Stills (calf, questionable) -- active DE Robert Quinn (illness, questionable) -- active RB Todd Gurley (thigh, questionable) -- active TE Martellus Bennett (ankle, questionable) -- active WR Julian Edelman (foot, questionable) -- active TE Zach Ertz (hamstring, questionable) -- active WR Jordan Matthews (back, questionable) -- activeSunday night game, 8:30 ETLB Clay Matthews (hamstring, questionable) -- active WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder, questionable) -- activeUpdates/analysis (most recent first)Dion Lewis (3:05 p.m.): With both Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan out for the Patriots, theres a need for more offensive weapons in the New England offense. Thats good timing for Lewis to finally be ready to make his 2016 debut for the team.Torrey Smith (3 p.m.): The 49ers wide receiver is inactive today because of an injured shoulder, and will be missing the first game in his NFL career.Miami Dolphins (2:45 p.m.): While both of their questionable wide receivers (Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills) are active today, Miami will be without Mario Williams, Nick Williams and Jelani Jenkins on the defensive side of the ball.Los Angeles Rams (2:40 p.m.): Good news on both sides of the ball for the Rams, as both DE Robert Quinn and C Tim Barnes will be active for this afternoons contest. Cheap Arizona Cardinals Jerseys China. hicago Bears (11:55 a.m.): NT Eddie Goldman is inactive against the Giants this afternoon. With Will Sutton (ankle) having been placed on injured reserve earlier this week, Eli Manning should face a much weaker pass rush than expected.?Minnesota Vikings (11:50 a.m.) As Ben Goessling of ESPNs NFL Nation notes, the trio of Marcus Sherels, Captain Munnerlyn and Eric Kendricks are all active today for the team, providing this defense with more depth than theyve had in quite some time.?Detroit Lions (11:45 a.m.): Both DeAndre Levy and Tyrunn Walker are inactive today for the Lions. Levy has been dealing with quad and knee injuries, but Walker is apparently a healthy scratch.Jimmy Smith (11:40 a.m.): After being only a limited participant in practice on Friday, its not that big a shock to see the Baltimore cornerback on the teams inactive list for todays game. This should give Dez Bryant a boost in fantasy numbers against a depleted secondary.Jordan Matthews (7:45 a.m.): ESPNs Adam Schefter notes that the Eagles wide receiver, who has been dealing with back spasms and is listed as questionable for todays game against the Seahawks, is nevertheless expected to suit up.?Jared Cook (7:40 a.m.): According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Packers tight end is planning to suit up tonight for the first time since Week 3. Green Bays release of?Justin Perillo?certainly points to the teams confidence level in Cooks return. ?Tyrann Mathieu (7:35 a.m.): All eyes will be on the matchup of Patrick Peterson against Stefon Diggs this afternoon, as Mathieu is reportedly going to sit out his second game of the season with a shoulder injury.DeSean Jackson (7:30 a.m.): ESPNs Adam Schefter reports that the Washington wide receiver is indeed expected to play tonight against the Packers. He was a full participant in Fridays practice, which is usually a good indicator for Sundays status.Justin Houston (7:25 a.m.): The Kansas City linebacker, who has been on the sidelines since offseason surgery on the ACL in his left knee, is expected to make his 2016 debut today. Well have to see how his presence impacts the sack count for Dee Ford going forward.Official Sunday inactives should begin coming in at approximately 11:30 a.m. ET for the early games, 2:30 p.m. ET for the late games and 7 p.m. ET for the Sunday night game. Cheap Jerseys 2018 Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Cheap Jerseys 2020 NFL Jerseys From China Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys From China ' ' '