(Sports Network) - Wade Davis tries to win his fifth straight start this afternoon and give his Tampa Bay Rays a series win in the process when they wrap up their four-game set with the Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field.
Davis has won his last four starts since a no-decision in Minnesota on July 3 and is 9-9 on the year with a 4.21 earned run average. The rookie's latest win came on Friday against New York, which managed two runs and four hits off of him in seven innings.
After going 0-5 in June, Davis earned AL Rookie of the Month honors for July, as he went 4-0 in five starts with a 3.03 ERA
Tampa Bay fell back into a tie with the Yankees atop the American League East standings on Wednesday when former Ray Delmon Young drove in the game-winning run in the 13th inning to lift Minnesota to a 2-1 win.
"Anytime a pitcher pitches like that, you would love for him to get it. He deserves to win," Twins center fielder Denard Span said of Baker. "It's too bad for him, but I'm pretty sure if you go ask him, he would say that he's just happy we won today."
David Price was charged with just one run on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over seven innings for the Rays, who had a three-game winning streak stopped, but fell for only the second time in their last 12 games.
"Really impressed with Lance Cormier," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He hadn't pitched in a while, and to do what he did, he did a great job, man."
Matt Guerrier (2-6), who worked a perfect 12th inning, then set the Rays down in order in the bottom of the frame to complete the win.
Getting the call for Minnesota today will be righty Kevin Slowey, who is 10-5 with a 4.44 ERA. Baker won his second straight start on Saturday against Seattle with a spectacular effort that saw him scatter three hits over eight scoreless innings.
Baker lost his only other start to the Rays back in 2008, surrendering five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 frames.
Tampa is 5-2 against the Twins this season.