Cleveland at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: E. Rogers (1-2) L: K. Farnsworth (0-2)
HR: CLE - C. Santana (6)   TB - None

Indians 10, Rays 6 wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Carlos Santana found his power stroke again at an opportune time.

Santana hit a three-run homer during a five-run seventh inning and the Cleveland Indians rallied for a 10-6 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.

Shin-Soo Choo and Asdrubal Cabrera hit two-out singles off Kyle Farnsworth (0-2) before Jason Kipnis' RBI single against Jake McGee tied it at 4. After Michael Brantley had a run-scoring single, Santana extended the lead to 8-4 with his first home run since May 15.

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"It means a lot to him because I know that's been weighing on him, especially the power drought that he's had," Cleveland manager Manny Acta said. "It's hard on those guys. He must be feeling a lot better."

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Iassogna after Kipnis' game-tying hit for arguing balls and strikes. He thought the umpire missed a two-strike pitch on Kipnis.

"Dan Iassogna is a very good umpire ... he absolutely blew that call and that's a very big play in tonight's game," Maddon said.

Kipnis and Santana added run-scoring singles in ninth as the Indians went ahead 10-5.

"We're so much better an offensive club when Santana is contributing," Acta said.

Cleveland starter Justin Masterson left trailing 4-3 and with the bases loaded in the fifth, but was bailed out when Esmil Rogers (1-0) entered and got two quick outs.

"That was a very big win for us, especially the way things started," Acta said. "Rogers did a fantastic job. He's the one who pretty much saved the day. He gave us an opportunity to comeback."

Rogers struck out three and walked one over 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Santana walked and Casey Kotchman was hit by a pitch, and both scored on Jack Hannahan's two-out double in the fifth. Choo cut the deficit to 4-3 with an RBI single.

"It really came down pretty much to one play, when we hit Kotch with that pitch and then all of a sudden hang a changeup to Hannahan and then Choo's ground ball up the middle that we could have caught or at least knocked down," Maddon said. "All those moments should not have occurred just by making a better pitch against Kotch."

The Rays took a 2-0 lead in the second on Elliot Johnson's RBI single and a sacrifice fly by B.J. Upton. Luke Scott hit an RBI single and Desmond Jennings had a run-scoring bunt hit that made it 4-0 during the third.

Johnson had a seventh-inning RBI infield single. Jennings drove in a run during the ninth with a grounder.

Scott had four hits, and is 12 for 29 in seven games against Cleveland since the weekend before the All-Star break. In his last 12 games against all other teams, the Tampa Bay designated hitter is hitless in 38 at-bats.

Masterson went 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and seven hits. Tampa Bay's Jeremy Hellickson gave up three runs and five hits over six innings.

"It was a crazy game," Masterson said. "The boys battled. A lot goes to the bullpen for going in there and keeping it right where it was. Two-run rallies. Just making it happen."

Masterson walked a career-high seven.


Rays 3B Evan Longoria, out since May 1 with a partially torn left hamstring, will accompany the team for a nine-game trip that starts Tuesday. "We haven't even put a potential date on going out and doing the rehab (assignment), but he's feeling less strained on different movements, which is a good thing," Maddon said. ... Cleveland LHP Rafael Perez (strained left lat) pitched a scoreless inning for Triple-A Columbus.

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Players of the Game

C. Santana
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
Tampa Bay

L. Scott
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 0

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Cleveland Indians
Shin-Soo Choo, RF5121000 .298
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS5230000 .279
Jason Kipnis, 2B5222002 .278
Michael Brantley, CF5121001 .301
Carlos Santana, C4224111 .225
Travis Hafner, DH5020013 .232
Johnny Damon, LF4000014 .222
    Aaron Cunningham, LF0000000 .189
Casey Kotchman, 1B3100000 .234
Jack Hannahan, 3B4112010 .241
2B - Asdrubal Cabrera (21, Badenhop), Jack Hannahan (9, Hellickson)
3B - Michael Brantley (4, Hellickson)
HR - Carlos Santana (6, McGee)
RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (36), Jason Kipnis 2 (53), Michael Brantley (45), Carlos Santana 4 (34), Jack Hannahan 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (16), Jason Kipnis (19), Michael Brantley (18), Carlos Santana 3 (12), Jack Hannahan 2 (17)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Kipnis-A. Cabrera-Kotchman
Cleveland Indians
Justin Masterson 4.1744710 4.29
Esmil Rogers (W,1-2) 1.2000130 5.61
Tony Sipp0111100 5.70
Joe Smith (H,14) 1100000 2.90
Vinnie Pestano (H,26) 1000010 1.60
Jeremy Accardo 1111100 3.62
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 108-62, Esmil Rogers 26-15, Tony Sipp 11-5, Joe Smith 6-4, Vinnie Pestano 7-6, Jeremy Accardo 26-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 7-4, Esmil Rogers 2-0, Joe Smith 2-0, Vinnie Pestano 1-1, Jeremy Accardo 2-1
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 26, Esmil Rogers 6, Tony Sipp 2, Joe Smith 3, Vinnie Pestano 3, Jeremy Accardo 5
Tampa Bay Rays
B.J. Upton, CF4001007 .244
Carlos Pena, 1B4000121 .196
Ben Zobrist, 2B2100311 .248
Matt Joyce, RF4110112 .273
Jeff Keppinger, 3B4100105 .309
Luke Scott, DH4241100 .220
Desmond Jennings, LF4132100 .240
Jose Lobaton, C3000202 .209
Elliot Johnson, SS5022017 .268
2B - Luke Scott (12, Accardo)
SF - B.J. Upton (7)
RBI - B.J. Upton (31), Luke Scott (44), Desmond Jennings 2 (28), Elliot Johnson 2 (25)
2-OUT RBI - Elliot Johnson (4)
SB - Ben Zobrist (10, 3rd base off Masterson/Santana), Matt Joyce 2 (4, 2nd base off Masterson/Santana, 2nd base off Masterson/Santana), Elliot Johnson (16, 2nd base off Masterson/Santana)
CS - Ben Zobrist (7, 2nd base by Masterson/Santana)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Zobrist-Johnson-Pena
Tampa Bay Rays
Jeremy Hellickson 6533120 3.55
Kyle Farnsworth (H,2; L,0-2) 0.2222010 9.00
Jake McGee (BS,2) 0.1433011 2.87
J.P. Howell 1000000 3.55
Burke Badenhop 1322000 3.66
HBP - Kotchman (by Jeremy Hellickson)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hellickson 96-62, Kyle Farnsworth 15-10, Jake McGee 21-14, J.P. Howell 9-6, Burke Badenhop 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hellickson 7-9, Kyle Farnsworth 1-0, J.P. Howell 2-1, Burke Badenhop 2-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Hellickson 25, Kyle Farnsworth 4, Jake McGee 5, J.P. Howell 3, Burke Badenhop 5
Game Information
Attendance - 15143
Game Time - 3:31
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Dale Scott