Sparked by a five-run first inning, the Indians took down the Tampa Bay Rays 8-7 at Progressive Field.
NATIONALS 6, PHILLIES 5 After two games, 6 1/2 hours of play and two blown saves, host Washington emerged from a day-night doubleheader with a hard-earned split and - more importantly - ace Max Scherzer's left knee OK to pitch. "It's good for him, good for us". The Astros chased Tanaka when Carlos Beltran added an RBI double with two outs in the second.
Cleveland starter Danny Salazar (2-4) pitched five innings and gave up five runs on six hits, four of them home runs.
Derek Norris and Dickerson opened the third with consecutive homers for a 3-0 lead.
Jason Kipnis made it a 3-1 game as he doubled off Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 3.16) to score Yan Gomes in the third. Freeman matched Washington's Ryan Zimmerman and Milwaukee's Eric Thames atop the NL home run leaderboard with a three-run shot off Leonel Campos.
Francona likes to play jokes on Cash when Tampa Bay visits Cleveland each season and did so again while the Rays were taking batting practice May 15.
The Indians are 7-8 at home this season. "The first inning (he retired the side in order) I was like, 'OK, I got this.' But after that they were too comfortable and they're really an aggressive team". Steven Souza Jr. led off the inning with a double to right field that sent Salazar to the showers.
Offensively, the Indians (20-17) put another positive night between them and their slump to start the month of May. They were 53-28 last season. Tonight, he threw more strikes, which is good.
It was a big league debut to forget for Bradley Zimmer, Cleveland's top prospect who was promoted from Triple-A Columbus prior to the game and started in center field. Not only did he make the catch, he also ended up with an Indians' cap that a fan tossed toward the ball in his glove.
Amidst the offensive lull, Zach McAllister, Boone Logan and Mike Clevinger put together three scoreless innings of relief with two hits and seven strikeouts. The Yankees won the first game 11-6.
In a way, there were mixed results to this outing, the first start after Salazar and the Indians revamped his pregame routine, doing away with the exercise of throwing weighted balls just before his first pitch.
Altuve was 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs in Monday's win over the Marlins. Archer's career record vs. the Indians is 0-6.
Rays: RHP Alex Cobb is 2-2 in four regular-season starts against Cleveland. But the sixth batter he faced, Rasmus, in the second inning, hit a 1-0 pitch into the seats in right field for his fourth home run, giving Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead.
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