Tampa Bay (18-31) at Minnesota (27-23)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Tue Jun 1, 2004
  • TV: WPXM, FSNO
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Carlos Silva hopes to avoid his fourth straight loss as the struggling Minnesota Twins continue their four-game set with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at the Metrodome.

Through the first five weeks of the season, the 25-year-old was the Twins most solid starter, going 5-0 with a 3.11 ERA through his first seven starts. In his last three outings, however, the right-hander is 0-3 with a bloated 9.69 ERA.

Silva’s last defeat came against the Devil Rays, a 5-4 setback last Thursday. In six innings, Silva giving up five runs and 11 hits in six innings.

The Twins have dropped eight of 11, including a 7-3 loss in the series opener on Monday.

“This is just a bump we’re going through right now,” outfielder Jacque Jones said. “I don’t think anyone’s panicking.”

Minnesota’s last five losses have come against last-place teams. Last week the Twins dropped two of three to the Devil Rays before losing two of three to the Kansas City Royals over the weekend.

The Devil Rays, meanwhile, have won eight of 11. In Monday’s win, Fred McGriff, making his second start since he was brought up from the minor leagues Friday, homered for the first time since last Sept. 2. The homer was the 492nd of his career.

Tampa Bay, just 4-17 on the road this season, ended an eight-game road losing streak overall and a seven-game losing streak at the Metrodome that dated to Aug. 19, 2001.

Beginning a seven-game road trip, the Devil Rays closed out a 12-game homestand with a 7-6 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday.

“We had a very respectable homestand—we were 7-5,” Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said. “We felt that it would be a good send-off with that Yankee win and we started it off on the right way here today. Let’s hope it continues.”

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3-11 Record 14-8
6.47 ERA 4.21
46 K 76
58 BB 35
1.71 WHIP 1.43