American League Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Cleveland|
(Friday, May 31st)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 9, Cleveland 2
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - James Loney belted a pair of homers and the
Tampa Bay Rays limited the Cleveland Indians to one hit in a 9-2 victory, in
a game that didn't end until nearly 3 a.m. local time due to rain delays
totaling close to five hours.
The opener of a three-game series saw three separate delays that added up to 4
hours and 49 minutes. Play finally resumed for the final time at 12:13 a.m.
That was after a 2-hour and 39-minute delay.
Both teams will be on little sleep for the middle portion of this three game
series, which will be played at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday.
Matt Joyce smacked a two-run homer for the Rays, who won their sixth in a row.
Four Tampa Bay pitchers combined on the one-hitter. Jamey Wright (1-1) fanned
four over three innings. Josh Lueke allowed one hit in two frames. Cesar Ramos
tossed the final three innings for his first save of his career.
"It was fun, its just unbelieveable to be playing baseball at this time now,"
said Ramos. "Today was a big day for the pen."
Ryan Raburn doubled in the fifth inning for the lone hit for the Indians,
losers in six of their last eight contests.
The game started with Matt Moore trying to push his record to 9-0, but that
was foiled due to the weather. The lefty pitched one scoreless inning.
Cleveland's Corey Kluber threw a pair of hitless frames.
Tampa Bay broke through with in the third when Scott Barnes (0-1) took the
mound to start the inning. Yunel Escobar reached with a one-out single and
after Ben Zobrist struck out, the Rays strung together four productive at-bats
in a row.
Joyce homered to straight away center field for a two-run edge, and after
Kelly Johnson walked, Evan Longoria plated him with a double. Loney then
followed with a two-run blast into right to cap the five-run inning.
"You just have to put it behind you," said Barnes. "Unfortunately I left a few
balls up today and I paid for it."
The Indians cut their deficit to 5-2 in the fifth, when Yan Gomes delivered a
sac fly and Raburn followed with a run scoring double off the wall in right
Bryan Shaw served up Loney's homer to right in the eighth and the Rays tacked
on three runs in the ninth off Rich Hill on RBI singles from Escobar, Zobrist
and Sam Fuld.
The Rays optioned pitcher Alex Colome to Triple-A Durham and recalled pitcher
Jeff Beliveau from the minor league club. The Rays also announced Friday that
Chris Archer was added to the taxi squad and will start Saturday's game ...
Barnes was charged with five runs on four hits ... Tampa Bay has won four of
the last five meetings.
06/01 03:48:10 ET