Rays Even Series In Cleveland, Snell’s Cy Young Case Grows Stronger

Snell Dominates Cleveland After Shaky Start

The Tampa Bay Rays battled back from an early deficit to defeat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 on Saturday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

Blake Snell (17-5, 2.02 ERA) picked up his Major League tying 17th win as Tampa Bay improves to 72-63 on the year. Adam Kolarek got the final out in the ninth to pick up his second career save.

The best pitchers in baseball are those that don’t have their dominant stuff and still find a way to dominate a team. Especially a good hitting team.  On Saturday night in Cleveland, Snell did not have his best stuff, but held the potent Indians offense to just a pair of runs (one earned) in 6.2-innings of work. He allowed eight hits while striking out nine and walking one.

“That was a pretty telling performance for Blake and how far he’s come,” Cash told reporters including MLB.com’s Brian Dulik. “You could argue that was his best start yet because he didn’t have anything. He didn’t have his fastball, and his go-to changeup was inconsistent. I credit him for this win tonight.”

Shane Bieber (8-3, 4.66 ERA) takes the loss for Cleveland who fall to 77-58 on the season.  He allowed four earned runs on nine hits while striking out four and walking none.

Bieber was good through five innings but fell apart in the sixth as the Rays pushed across four runs to take a 4-2 lead never looked back.  Matt Duffy delivered a key 2-RBI double to tie the game at 2-2.  Tommy Pham followed with an RBI double scoring Duffy and he came home on a Kevin Kiermaier single.

Kiermaier had to depart the game with back spasm’s and is considered day-to-day. He aggravated the injury on his rocket throw home to nab Yan Gomes attempting to score in the second inning.

Brandon Lowe capped the Rays scoring hitting a solo homer off the foul pole in right leading off the ninth inning against Josh TomlinJason Kipnis accounted for the last run of the  night when he delivered a pinch-hit homer off Chaz Roe that hit the same pole in the Tribe’s half of the night.

Up Next For The Rays:

Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox
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The Rays and Indians finish their three game series Sunday afternoon at 4:10.  Diego Castillo (3-2, 3.73 ERA) takes the mound for Tampa Bay in the role of the opener.  Cleveland counters with Carlos Carrasco (16-7, 3.38 ERA).


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