Carrasco Dazzles, Indians Defeat Rays To Even Series

Carrasco Takes No-Hitter Into Seventh 

Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Indians
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The Cleveland Indians put up five runs in the fifth inning en route to a 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. It marks the ninth time this season that the Rays have been shutout and the fourth time in their last seven games.

Jacob Faria (5-3, 3.19 ERA) takes the loss for the Rays who fall to 2-5 on their nine game homestand and 59-58 on the season.  Faria worked six innings allowing five earned runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking three.

Carlos Carrasco (11-5, 3.83 ERA)  picks up the win for the Indians who improve to 61-52 on the season and he had fans remembering Joey Butler.

If you recall, on July 1, 2015 Carrasco took a no-hitter two outs into the ninth inning before Joey Butler singled to break it up. The drama didn’t carry quite that far tonight, but Carrasco did keep the Rays hitless until Logan Morrison singled with 2-out in the sixth.

Sloppy Fifth Inning By Rays’ Defense:

Faria was sailing along retiring the first 12 batters until Edwin Encarnacion connected on solo homer to give the Indians a 1-0 lead. The Tribe went on to score five runs against Faria, but the Rays defense misplayed several balls.

Wilson Ramos was unable to catch a bunt pop-out from Yan Gomes and Evan Longoria was unable to snare a hard hit grounder off the bat of Giovanny Urshela that could have led to a inning ending double play. Two batters later Longoria was unable to cleanly field another inning ending double play ball off the bat of Austin Jackson but did get a force out at second. Finally, Brad Miller was unable to make a backhanded play on a Jose Ramirez grounder that Jose Ramirez hustled into a double.

Longoria Departs With Injury:

After the fifth inning ended, Evan Longoria departed the game to have x-rays completed on his hand. The x-rays were negative and the injury is deemed a contusion, he is day to day.

Rays’ ‘Pen Continues To Be Solid: 

Jose Alvarado, Dan Jennings, and Brad Boxberger combined to hold the Indians scoreless over the final three frames.

Up Next For Rays:

The Rays and Indians continue their three game series Saturday night at 6:10. Chris Archer (8-6, 3.80 ERA) will take the mound for the Rays. The Indians will counter with Mike Clevinger (5-4, 4.00 ERA).

The Indians are the only AL team he has yet to beat (0-6, 6.00 ERA) in six career appearances (all starts). He has received a combined eight runs of support in those six starts, including three starts with zero run support.

Archer was originally drafted by the Tribe in the 5th round in 2006. Later, he was included in a deal that netted the Tribe Mark DeRosa from the Chicago Cubs on New Years Eve Day of 2008.  On January 8, 2011 the Cubs dealt him, Robinson Chirinos, Brandon Guyer, Sam Fuld, and Hak-Ju Lee to the Rays in exchange for Matt Garza, Fernando Perez, and Zac Rosscup.

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