American League Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Cleveland
(Saturday, July 7th)
Final Score: Cleveland 7, Tampa Bay 3
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Shelley Duncan smacked a two-run homer and
scored twice, while Ubaldo Jimenez fired six strong innings as the Cleveland
Indians downed the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-3, in the third installment of a
Jimenez (8-7) struck out eight and surrendered two runs on five hits and a
walk for Cleveland, which has won six of its last eight games. It was the
fifth time in his last seven starts that Jimenez allowed three runs or fewer.
"Ubaldo continues to give us good outings," said Indians manager Manny Acta.
"This is his seventh in a row. He had very good command of the strike zone."
Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley each tallied a hit, an RBI and run scored.
Matt Moore (5-6) was charged with five runs on five hits and five walks in 4
2/3 innings for the Rays, who have dropped three of their last four contests.
Luke Scott cracked a two-run shot, while B.J. Upton belted a solo blast.
The Indians struck first, scoring three runs in the second frame and two
more in the third.
Brantley began the third with a double, and after Duncan walked, Lou Marson
looped a double to left that just snuck past a diving Desmond Jennings,
Duncan scored when Jack Hannahan grounded out and Aaron Cunningham's double
pushed across Marson for a 3-0 Indians advantage.
Asdrubal Cabrera walked and Jose Lopez doubled to start the third. Cabrera
came home on Brantley's groundout and Santana belted an opposite-field double
off the base of the wall in right-center, scoring Lopez to stretch the
Cleveland margin to 5-0.
"I'm either going to be putting pressure on them or [they're] putting pressure
on me," said Moore of his shaky start. "I couldn't find an adjustment to make
it the opposite. So they were putting pressure on me. ... I was pitching from
behind a lot."
The Rays got two runs back in the fourth when Scott hammered a two-run shot to
center, cutting the deficit to 5-2.
Cleveland, though, tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth. Santana
worked a leadoff walk and Duncan belted a two-run blast to center, making it
Upton's solo shot in the ninth accounted for the final margin.
Tampa Bay was 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position while Cleveland
finished 3-for-9...The Indians hold a 71-43 advantage all-time against Tampa
07/07 23:49:31 ET
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