goes distance as Indians beat Rays
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[June 23, 2016]
CLEVELAND -- For the Cleveland
Indians, success starts with their starting pitching, and their
starting pitching stopped the Tampa Bay Rays cold.
Trevor Bauer pitched a three-hitter for his second career complete
game, and Carlos Santana had two hits and two RBIs as the Indians
completed a three-game sweep with a 6-1 win over the Rays on
Wednesday night at Progressive Field.
The Indians, who also got a two-run home run from Jason Kipnis, have
won six games in a row and 11 in a row at home. Tampa Bay lost its
seventh in a row.
Bauer (5-2) struck out 10 and walked one in pitching the second
consecutive three-hit complete game by an Indians pitcher. Corey
Kluber pitched a three-hit 6-0 shutout on Tuesday.
"The same script as last night. Their guy pitched really well and we
couldn't get anything going," Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said
after Bauer's three-hitter Wednesday.
The Indians' three starters in the series, Bauer, Kluber and Josh
Tomlin combined for a 1.44 ERA while holding Tampa Bay hitters to a
.129 batting average.
"The potential on this staff is really high, and when we get on a
roll like this it's a lot of fun to watch," Bauer said.
Bauer held Tampa Bay scoreless on one hit through the first six
innings, retiring 15 men in a row at one point as Cleveland took a
"He's pounding the strike zone with really good stuff, and changing
speeds. It's fun to watch," said Cleveland manager Terry Francona.
"He has a twelve-to-six curveball that, when he's right, is as good
as anyone in baseball," Cash said. "It looks like a high fastball,
then drops into the zone."
Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer (4-10) pitched six innings, giving up
four runs on six hits and two walks. He fanned five.
Archer was plagued by another bad first inning, which has been a
problem for him this season. He gave up three runs in the first
inning, and one run in his last five innings.
In his 16 starts, Archer has a 10.69 first-inning ERA and a 3.55 ERA
in the remaining frames.
"He continues to put himself in a hole, and the way we're playing
now, and the caliber of the team we're playing in Cleveland, it's
tough to come back," Cash said.
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The Rays' only run came in the seventh. With Brad Miller at third
and Logan Morrison at second and two outs, Corey Dickerson hit a
sharp ground ball into the hole on the left side. Shortstop
Francisco Lindor made a diving stop. Lindor was unable to throw out
Dickerson at first, but Lindor instead threw to third baseman Juan
Uribe, who tagged out Morrison, who rounded the bag too far to get
back safely. Miller scored on the play, credited as a Dickerson
"That was a phenomenal play by Lindor. Sometimes you've just got to
tip your cap," Cash said.
The Indians countered with two more runs in the bottom of the
seventh on an RBI single by Santana and a sacrifice fly by Lindor
off reliever Matt Andriese.
Archer's first inning troubles started when he walked Santana, gave
up a two-run homer to Kipnis, then walked Lindor, who later scored
on a single by Jose Ramirez to give Cleveland a 3-0 lead.
An RBI double by Santana in the fourth inning made it 4-0, and Bauer
took it from there.
"I just tried to execute my pitches and throw it as hard as I can to
a spot," he said.
NOTES: Indians OF Abraham Almonte began a rehab assignment Wednesday
night with Triple-A Columbus. Almonte was suspended for the first 80
games of the season after testing positive for a
performance-enhancing drug prior to the start of the campaign.
Almonte is eligible to be play in minor league games. The earliest
he could be activated by the Indians is July 3. ... Cleveland 3B
Juan Uribe was 0-for-4, snapping his streak of having hit home runs
in each of the last four games. The Indians' record for most
consecutive games with a home run is seven, by Jim Thome in 2002.
... Rays RHP Chris Archer came into his start Wednesday without
hitting a batter since July 3, 2015. Archer's streak of 31
consecutive starts without a hit batter is second in Rays' history
to James Shields, who went 38 starts from May 3, 2009 to May 25,
2010. ... Rays 3B Evan Longoria has nine home runs in June, tying
him with San Diego's Wil Myers for the most in the majors this
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