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Arozarena shines against old team, Rays beat Cardinals 11-3

Randy Arozarena had three hits and tied a career best with four RBIs, helping the Rays post season highs for runs and hits in an 11-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.


The native of Cuba had an RBI double in the first inning and a two-run single in the seventh to pace an 18-hit outburst. 


Veteran catcher Yadier Molina pitched a scoreless eighth for St. Louis. He gave up a pair of singles and threw strikes on 13 of 20 pitches.


Vidal Brujan had three RBIs, and Ji-Man Choi and Harold Ramirez drove in two runs apiece for Tampa Bay. 


Corey Kluber (3-2) shut down the Cardinals for five innings before fading quickly in the sixth. St. Louis loaded the bases with no outs on a walk and two singles, including Paul Goldschmidt's hit through the middle that extended the slugger's career-best on-base streak to 44 games.


Tyler O'Neill, who had a solo homer off Kluber in the fourth, chased the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner with a two-run single that trimmed the Cardinals' deficit to 5-3.


The Rays escaped further damage, with reliever Jason Adam getting Brendan Donovan to ground into a double play and Juan Yepez to fly out at the wall in left field.


Choi, Arozarena and Brujan had RBI doubles in the first off left-hander Packy Naughton (0-2). Ramirez doubled off reliever Johan Oviedo in the second, driving in the final run charged to the Cardinals starter.


Naughton pitched one time through Tampa Bay's lineup, allowing four runs and five hits in 1 1/3 innings.


Kluber, meanwhile, yielded three runs and six hits in five-plus innings. He walked one and struck out five.

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