Rays Belt Five Homers En Route To Win Over Tribe
The Tampa Bay Rays belted five homers in defeating the Cleveland Indians by a final score of 6-4. Jose Alvarado delivered two scoreless innings of relief and Alex Colome recorded his 10th save. Alvarado and Colome combined to allow just one base runner in their three innings of work.
Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 3.16 ERA) picks up the win for the Rays who improve to 20-22 on the season. The win guarantees that they will at worst break even on their six game road trip through Boston and Cleveland.
Danny Salazar (2-4, 5.66 ERA) takes the loss as the Indians fall to 20-18 on the year.
About The Win:
The Rays victory ends a six game losing streak versus the Indians. The six game losing streak was one shy of their longest all-time streak (seven in 2007 and in 2006-2007) against the Tribe. They had been held to one run or fewer in seven of their last 12 head-to-head matchups the the Tribe.
Even with the win, the Rays are just 56-90 all-time versus Cleveland, their worst mark against any AL opponent, including a 24-50 mark at Progressive Field.
Odorizzi allowed four earned runs ending his career best five straight starts with allowing 2-runs or fewer. He had also allowed less than one earned run in four straight starts.
In the bottom of the sixth inning he allowed a 2-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion. He has now allowed homers in 12 of his last 13 starts dating back to August 30, 2016 at Boston. His only start over that span without a home run was his injury-shortened start of 1-inning on April 15 at Boston.
Rasmus Goes Yard:
Colby Rasmus hit his fourth homer of the season in the second inning to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. He entered the game hitless in his last nine at-bats since hitting his grand slam against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
Back-To-Back In Third:
It was the fourth time this season that the Rays have gone back-to-back in a game. Also, Brad Miller and Steven Souza Jr. against Rick Porcello of the Boston Red Sox on April 14th. Daniel Robertson and Derek Norris against Francisco Liriano of the Toronto Blue Jays on May 5th. Logan Morrison and Rickie Weeks Jr. against Jason Hammel of the Kansas City Royals on May 10th.
Dickerson Hits Number Eight In Fifth:
Corey Dickerson continues to provide power at the top of the Rays’ lineup connecting on his second homer of the game in the top of the fifth. It was his fifth two homer game of his career and second as a Rays (also, June 8, 2016 versus Diamondbacks).
He is the second Ray to hit a pair of homers in a game to homer twice in a game joining Tim Beckham who has done it twice this season.
Beckham Continues To Display Power Stroke:
Tim Beckham hit his seventh homer of the season, a 2-run shot, in the sixth inning. Beckham now has 22 runs driven in on the season. All seven of his homers have come as a shortstop. The only shortstop in baseball with more is Francisco Lindor of the Indians who has hit 9. His 22 RBI as a shortstop pull him even with Lindor for the MLB lead.
Rays’ Continue To K:
Indians pitchers struck out 16 Rays’ batters including the last eight in a row. The Rays lead the majors with 441. They have had 28 double-digit strikeout games, most in the majors, putting them on a pace for 108 (MLB record is 80, by 2013 Astros). They’ve reached double digits in five straight games, 10 of their last 12 and 15 of 19. Last year Rays hitters had a club-record 1,482 SO, second most in AL history.
Up Next For Rays:
The Rays will end a stretch of 20-games in 20-days as they take on the Cleveland Indians tomorrow afternoon at 12:10. Alex Cobb (3-3, 3.65 ERA) will take the mound for the Rays. The Indians counter with Josh Tomlin (2-4, 5.87 ERA).
The Rays have an opportunity to win the series and even their record in the 20-games in 20-days at 10-10. Overall, they conclude a stretch of 35 games in 36 games and are 15-19 in that span. They haven’t won a series at Progressive Field since taking 2-of-3 from the Tribe on June 19 through 21, 2015.