Zobrist stellar as the Rays sweep two and three from Twins

Tampa Bay swept a day-night doubleheader in Minnesota and dominantly swept the rain delayed three game set from the Twins.

In game one, Ben Zobrist went 4-for-6 and set a Tampa Bay record with eight RBIs, hitting a home run and two doubles as the Rays routed the Minnesota, 15-3. Zobrist broke the team RBI record of seven set by Carlos Pena in 2007 by becoming the first player to drive in at least eight runs in a game since the Toronto Blue Jays’ Adam Lind on Aug. 31, 2009.

In game two, Zobrist hit a two-run homer to give him a 10 RBI day and Jeff Niemann carried a no-hitter into the 7th as Tampa Bay completed the sweep with a 6-1 win. Niemann (1-3) gave up one run and two hits in seven innings.

Zobrist finished the day 7-for-10. He leads the league with 25 ribbies and has driven in 18 runs over his last five games.

Johnny Damon extended his hitting streak to 16 games with three hits in the day game and one in the nightcap.

B.J. Upton had four hits on the day.

According to our friends at ESPN.com, Zobrist became the fourth player to record at least seven hits and 10 RBI in a single day since RBI became an official stat in 1920. The other three are Jim Bottomley (1929 Cardinals), Pete Fox (1935 Tigers) and Nate Colbert (1972 Padres).