Wendle Provides The Wow, Rays Improve To 10-Over. 500

Rays Impressive Run Against Contenders Continues

The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Cleveland Indians 6-4 on Sunday afternoon in the rubber game of their three game weekend series.

Ryan Yarbrough (13-5, 3.68 ERA) picks up the win for Tampa Bay who improve to a season high 10-games over .500 at 73-63. It’s the first time they’ve been at least 10 games over .500 since June 20, 2015.

The Indians threatened in the ninth but Jose Alvarado entered and got the final two outs picking up his seventh save of the year.

Carlos Carrasco (16-8, 3.52) took the loss for the Indians who fall to 77-59 on the season. Carrasco was roughed up for five runs (all earned) in 6.1-innings of work. He allowed nine hits while striking out nine and walking two.

Winning Is Good:

Tampa Bay has won 11 of their last 13 games, it’s their best 13 game stretch since July 12 through 30, 2014 when they went 11-2.

During the 13 game stretch, the Rays have outscored their opponents by 19 runs (65-36).

They are 4-1-1 over their past six road series. It’s quite a turnaround for them as they were 1-7-0 in their previous eight.

Tampa Bay has played 14 of their last 18 games against Boston, New York, Atlanta, and Cleveland and have gone 9-5 in those game. Additionally, 11 of the 14 games have been on the road.  In their last eight games they’ve taken on the Red Sox, Braves, and Indians and have a 6-2 record in those games.

Wendle Has Himself A Day:

Rays Wendle Leads Victory Over Indians
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Joey Wendle, starting at third base in place of Matt Duffy, turned in four stellar defensive plays including three consecutive web-gem quality plays in the sixth inning. Other than the difficulty of each play, each was totally different than the last.

Wendle robbed Francisco Lindor of extra-bases in the third with a diving stop on a hard hit ball down the line.

Then in the sixth inning he snared a line drive off the bat of Roberto Perez for the first out.  He then charged a slow roller, bare handed the ball, and threw out the speedy Greg Allen for the second out. He ended the inning with another diving stop of a Lindor shot down the line including a strong throw to first.

Wendle has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games and six of his last seven have been multi-hit games.

Wendle also continued his torrid streak with the bat going 2-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored to raise his season slash line to .298/.346/.427.  Since July 1st he’s hitting .347/.401/.534 with 21 extra-base hits in 198 plate appearances.

Lowe Continues To Smoke The Ball:

Brandon Lowe opened his MLB career going hitless in his first 19 at-bats. In the 13 games since recording his first hit in New York on August 15th, Lowe has been on fire batting .395/.500/.711 with three homers in 46 plate appearances. He has also shown great plate discipline striking out nine times while walking seven.

He got the Rays on the board on Sunday with an opposite field solo homer in the second inning. He finished the day 3-for-5. It was his first 3-hit game in his big league career.

Others Chipping In With The Bats:

C.J. Cron belted his 26th homer, a solo shot in the 4th extending the Rays lead to 2-0.

Joey Wendle delivered a RBI ground rule double in the seventh scoring Carlos Gomez.

Tommy Pham chased Wendle home with a triple.

Brandon Lowe capped the Rays scoring in the seventh with a 2-RBI double.

Up Next For Rays:

Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox
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Tampa Bay heads north of the border where they’ll take on the Toronto Blue Jays starting Monday night at 7:07.  Ryne Stanek (2-3, 2.77 ERA) will open for the Rays and it is expected that the bulk of the innings will be filled by Yonny Chirinos (2-5, 4.04 ERA).  Marcus Stroman (4-8, 5.27 ERA) will toe the rubber for Toronto.

The Rays and Blue Jays will meet 10 time in the Rays last 26 games.