May 11, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin (43) throws a pitch during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Josh Tomlin won
his second straight start, Nyjer Morgan and Michael Bourn both drove in
two runs and the Cleveland Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on
Tomlin (2-0), who pitched just once in
the big leagues last season after right elbow surgery in 2012, allowed
two runs and six hits over six innings in his second outing this year.
Morgan had an RBI infield single that
rolled to a stop near the line between home and third before Bourn hit a
two-run double as the Indians took a 3-1 lead in the second. Morgan
also hit his first major league homer since July 30, 2012, an
eighth-inning solo shot that made it 6-2.
Matt Joyce homered and had two RBIs for
the Rays, who went 1-5 on their homestand. Chris Archer (2-2) gave up
four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings.
A three-run eighth pulled the Rays to 6-5.
Ben Zobrist scored the first run in the
inning when reliever Marc Rzepczynski made an errant throw to second on
what could have been an inning-ending double play. Cody Allen entered
and, after allowing Wil Myers’ RBI single, hit Desmond Jennings with a
pitch to load the bases. Yunel Escobar hit a sacrifice fly.
Bryan Shaw pitched a perfect ninth in place of demoted closer John Axford for his second save.
Yan Gomes hit a leadoff homer that
chased Archer during a two-run sixth that gave Cleveland a 5-2
advantage. Morgan reached on a bunt single off Brad Boxberger that
involved a call overturned on replay, advanced on a balk and wild pitch,
and scored the inning’s second run on Mike Aviles’ sacrifice fly.
Joyce hit a first-inning solo homer off
Tomlin. Joyce, who is 6 for 12 with two homers against the right-hander,
had an RBI single in the fourth.
Cleveland manager Terry Francona tweaked his rotation for a three-game
series at Toronto. RHP Danny Salazar (1-3) had his start pushed back to
Thursday from Tuesday so that RHP Justin Masterson (2-1) and RHP Corey
Kluber (3-3) can pitch Tuesday and Wednesday on normal rest. … Tampa
Bay RHP Jeremy Hellickson (arthroscopic right elbow surgery) hopes to
resume throwing curveballs during bullpen sessions in a week. …
Indians 1B Nick Swisher was given the option by Francona to have a day
off and took it. … Rays LHP Cesar Ramos (1-1) and Mariners RHP Felix
Hernandez (3-1) are Monday night’s scheduled starters in Seattle. …
With the Rays’ road trip theme being "Woodstock," manager Joe Maddon
looked the part from the 1969 concert, wearing a long-hair wig, sun
glasses and tie-dye shirt.