Meadows goes 4 for 4 with leadoff HR, Rays top Indians 6-3
Tampa Bay (31-19) is a season-high 12 games over .500 after taking three of four in the series.
The Indians (26-26) fell to .500 for the first time since April 4, when they were 3-3. Cleveland has dropped six of seven and finished 4-7 on its longest homestand of the season.
Trevor Bauer (4-4) allowed four runs in six innings and hasn’t won since April 30.
Meadows got the Rays off to a fast start by driving a 3-1 pitch to center for his 10th homer of the season.
Meadows was hit on the right knee by Bauer’s pitch in the fifth but remained in the game and had an RBI single in the seventh. He was credited with an RBI ground-rule double in the ninth when the ball boy seated down the right field line picked up his base hit over first.
Mercado hit his first major league home run in the seventh. The rookie outfielder returned after being out Friday and Saturday. Mercado bruised his right hip after colliding with Leonys Martin while diving for a fly ball Thursday.
Rain began falling steadily in the third inning Sunday and continued throughout the game.
Rays: RHP Tyler Glasnow (sore forearm) was moved to the 60-day injured list to make room for RHP Oliver Drake on the 40-man roster. Glasnow has been out since May 11. Drake’s contract was selected from Triple-A Durham. RHP Casey Sadler was optioned to Durham.
Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (strained muscle in upper back) will throw to hitters in Arizona on Monday.
Rays: Tampa Bay hadn’t announced its starting pitcher for Monday’s home game against Toronto.
Indians: RHP Jefry Rodriguez (1-4, 4.08 ERA) will start against Boston at Fenway Park in the opener of a three-game series on Monday.
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