Raley makes an impression vs. Twins

by Gary Shelton on June 7, 2023

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Raley is on a hot streak./TIM WIRT

Wednesday, 4 a.m.

He left a dent in the center field wall.

He left skid marks on the base paths.

All in all, Luke Raley did a lot of damage Tuesday night.

Raley, hitting .308 in his last 24 games, powered the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-0 victory against the Minnesota Twins. Raley had a 450-foot home run and a triple to lead the Rays.

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Raley's homer was the third longest by a Ray this season at Tropicana Field. The longest? That was a 457-foot shot in the seventh inning by Jose Siri.

"I think Luke was irritated that he didn't get two home runs yesterday and made sure he got one today," said Rays' manager Kevin Cash.

The offense was more than enough for Zach Eflin, who cruised to an 8-1 record on the season. Eflin was the Rays' big-money import in the off-season, and so far has paid off.

Eflin went 6 2/3 innings and allowed three hits. He struck out nine.

The Rays scored three times in the fourth inning after Ralely's triple. Randy Arozarena singled him home, and Christian Bethancourt singled home Arozarena. A sacrifice bunt by Vidal Brujan drove in Harold Ramirez.

The Rays play the Twins again today at 6:40 p.m. at Tropicana Field. The Rays have not announced a starter. The Twins are scheduled to start Pablo López. 

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