Rosario and Pinto homer off Snell in his return to Tropicana Field, Rays beat Giants 9-4

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Amed Rosario and René Pinto homered off Blake Snell in his return to Tropicana Field, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the San Francisco Giants 9-4 on Sunday.

Rosario hit a two-run homer during a three-run first and Pinto had a fourth-inning three-run drive. The light-hitting Pinto, who had two hits and nine strikeouts in his previous 13 at-bats, added a solo homer in the sixth against Kai-Wei Teng.

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Snell (0-2) gave up seven hits, walked two and struck out four over four innings in his second start with San Francisco after signing a $62 million, two-year contract that allows him to opt out after this season. The two-time Cy Young Award winner threw 48 of 78 pitches for strikes.

The 31-year-old left-hander signed with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011, made it to the major leagues in 2016 and won his first Cy Young with the Rays in 2018.

Michael Conforto connected on a solo homer for the Giants, who have lost five of eight. He has 13 RBIs in 15 games this season.

Tampa Bay hit four homers, including a seventh-inning drive by Isaac Paredes, and won for the sixth time in eight games after a 3-5 start. The Rays homered three times in their previous nine games.

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After opener Shawn Armstrong allowed one run and struck five in two innings, Tyler Alexander (1-0) gave up two runs over the following six innings. Alexander was reinstated from the bereavement list on Saturday.


Rays: Highly-regarded infield prospect Junior Caminero returned to the Triple-A Durham lineup and hit a three-run homer after missing two weeks with a strained left quadriceps.


Giants: LHP Kyle Harrison (1-1) is scheduled to start Monday night at Miami.

Rays: RHP Zach Eflin (1-2) will face Los Angeles Angels LHP Patrick Sandoval (1-2) on Monday night.

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