07/02 16:10 CDT Aviles' 10th-inning homer gives Indians sweep of Rays
Aviles' 10th-inning homer gives Indians sweep of Rays
By FRED GOODALL
AP Sports Writer
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --- Mike Aviles homered on the first pitch of the 10th inning,
giving the Cleveland Indians a 5-4 victory and four-game sweep of the Tampa Bay
Rays on Thursday.
Corey Kluber struck out 14 over eight innings. Brian Shaw (1-1) pitched one
scoreless inning for the win, and Cody Allen struck out the side in the 10th to
earn his 15th save in 16 opportunities. Tampa Bay struck out a franchise-record
19 times in the game.
Aviles homered off Xavier Cedeno (1-0), extending Tampa Bay's losing streak to
five games. Michael Brantley had a RBI single and sacrifice fly for the
Indians, who also got run-scoring singles from Jason Kipnis and Francisco
Matched up against lefty Matt Moore, who was making his first start since
undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2014, Kluber allowed four runs and seven
hits. He struck out the side in the seventh and eighth innings.
Kluber settled down after he allowed three straight hits and fell behind 2-0 in
the first inning. The Rays didn't have another hit until Kevin Kiermaier
doubled off the tip of first baseman Carlos Santana's glove leading off the
sixth and scored on Grady Sizemore's second RBI single of the game.
Asdrubal Cabrera's infield single --- also off Santana's glove --- drove in a
second run in the sixth, making it 4-4.
Despite setting a team record for strikeouts, Tampa Bay's offense took a small
step forward after being shut down offensively over the first three games of
the series, outings which saw Carlos Carrasco, Cody Anderson and Danny Salazar
take perfect games beyond the fifth inning.
The Rays finished with three hits on Monday, two Tuesday and just one
Wednesday, when Carrasco came within one strike of throwing Cleveland's first
no-hitter in 34 years when Joey Butler singled on an 0-2 pitch.
In addition to being the first time in franchise history that the Rays were
limited to three or fewer hits in three consecutive games, it also was the
first time in the majors since the Los Angeles Dodgers did it against the
Oakland Athletics in June 2012.
A 17-game winner two years ago, Moore was injured during his second start of
2014 and had surgery performed on his pitching elbow two weeks later. He's the
ninth starting pitcher used by the Rays this season, tied for third in the AL
and fifth in the majors.
The 26-year-old left-hander faced the minimum nine batters over the first three
innings before fading quickly.
Kipnis and Lindor began the Cleveland fourth with singles and Brantley followed
with his sacrifice fly to cut Tampa Bay's lead to 2-1. The Indians added three
runs in the fifth off Moore, who threw three wild pitches and allowed four
runs, six hits and two walks over 4 2-3 innings.
Rays: 1B James Loney (broken left middle finger) could return Friday. ... OF
Desmond Jennings (knee surgery) is pain-free, but has not resumed baseball
Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (6-5) will face Pittsburgh RHP Charlie Morton (6-1)
in the opener of a three-game interleague series Friday night. Bauer is 2-0
with an 0.82 ERA in three interleague starts this season. Morton is 4-0 with a
1.98 ERA in four home starts.
Rays: RHP Chris Archer (9-5) and New York Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (4-3) are
set to pitch in the first of a three-game set Friday night. Archer gave up a
career-high three homers against Boston in his previous start Sunday.