ST. PETERSBURG (AP) - Jeremy Hellickson won his major league debut, Matt Joyce drove in a pair of runs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Minnesota 4-2 Monday night to snap the Twins' eight-game winning streak.
The win lifts the Rays into a first-place tie in the AL East standings with the New York Yankees, who lost to Toronto 8-6.
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 RBI over his last 17 games.