Indians beat Rays behind Clevinger, Bruce, 3-0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) An 11-day break between starts proved to be just what Mike Clevinger needed. That and a start against the struggling Tampa Bay Rays.

Jay Bruce drove in his first two runs for the Cleveland Indians and Clevinger struck out nine in seven innings Saturday night in a 3-0 victory over the Rays.

Clevinger (6-4) won for the first time in four starts since the All-Star break, giving up four hits and one walk in seven innings. The Indians chose to skip his turn in the rotation twice since back-to-back bad starts against the Angels and Red Sox in late July.

''It wasn't really like a banishment, it was kind like a breather,'' said Clevinger, who pitched one inning of relief six days ago. ''I just tried to take advantage of the time to find out where I was going wrong in those two starts.

''I might have been thinking too much internally, and there wasn't a lot of external focus at the plate.''

Manager Terry Francona said Clevinger's start was ''so encouraging. We only got three (runs) and it looked like enough because of the way he pitched.''

Three runs have been more than enough to beat the struggling Rays, who were shut out for the fifth time in eight days, all at home. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Rays are the first team to be shut out five times in one home stand since the 1955 Baltimore Orioles.

It was 10th time the Rays were shut out this season, most in the majors.

''I don't have an explanation. We're in an offensive funk,'' said manager Kevin Cash, who was asked if he is considering a lineup change.

''What would I do, take all nine of them out?'' Cash said. ''We're playing the lineup that we feel gives us the best chance to win right now and sometimes you've got to see it through some of these struggles.''

Bruce, acquired in a trade from the New York Mets on Wednesday night, drove in the first run with a two-out fly ball that dropped for a double between left fielder Corey Dickerson and third baseman Trevor Plouffe in the first inning.

After leading off the third with a double, Francisco Lindor scored on Chris Archer's two-out wild pitch to make it 2-0.

Bruce drove in another run with a single in the fifth after Jose Ramirez's leadoff double.

Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 20th save, the fourth straight season he has reached that number.

Archer (8-7) gave up three runs and seven hits while striking out eight in 5 1/3 innings, ending his streak of 15 straight starts in which he pitched at least six innings.

RAYS PILING UP ZEROES

Nine of the Rays' shutouts have come at home including five in their last eight games. They have scored eight runs in eight games on their current home stand while batting .175 and striking out 87 times.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: After passing a pre-game test of his tight right hamstring, 2B Jason Kipnis will not be placed on the 10-day disabled list and might start Sunday's game. ... OF Lonnie Chisenhall (strained right calf) is scheduled to DH on Sunday at Akron. Chisenhall has offered to play first base and third base as well as the outfield during his rehab assignment.

Rays: 3B Evan Longoria did not play after getting his thumb bruised by a batted ball Friday night. ... RHP Matt Andriese (right hip stress fracture) will make a rehab start for Class-A Charlotte, pitching for the first time since June 10.

UP NEXT

RHP Corey Kluber (10-3) will pitch Sunday's series finale for the Indians. Kluber is coming off back-to-back complete-game wins. Rays RHP Austin Pruitt (6-3) will be facing his third straight All-Star pitcher, having started against Houston's Dallas Keuchel and Boston's Chris Sale in his last two starts.

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RaysTB59-59
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  • W: M. Clevinger (6-4)L: C. Archer (8-7)S: C. Allen (20)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS41100001.269.329.475.8043.0
B. Zimmer CF40000031.257.323.422.745-1.5
J. Ramirez 2B32100111.311.364.539.9034.5
E. Encarnacion DH40200011.251.368.466.8341.5
J. Bruce RF40220021.260.324.520.8444.0
C. Santana 1B30000112.238.342.425.7670.5
A. Almonte LF40000022.232.312.384.696-1.0
R. Perez C30000132.175.269.255.525-0.5
G. Urshela 3B40100011.213.273.246.5190.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Dickerson LF40100020.289.333.509.8420.0
    L. Duda 1B40000021.244.353.525.878-1.0
    S. Souza RF40000020.260.362.497.860-1.0
    L. Morrison DH30100010.252.360.522.8820.5
    B. Miller 2B30100021.202.343.333.6760.0
    W. Ramos C30000012.170.200.290.490-0.5
    T. Plouffe 3B20000121.207.275.331.6060.0
    M. Smith CF30100010.282.345.369.7140.5
    A. Hechavarria SS30000002.240.254.307.5610.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (33), J. Ramirez (36), J. Bruce (21)
      • RBI - J. Bruce 2 (77)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Bruce (34)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Miller (9)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - B. Miller (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - F. Lindor, C. Santana
      FIELDING
      • DP - A. Hechavarria, B. Miller, L. Duda
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger (W, 6-4)7.04001903.651.2830.5
      J. Smith (H, 15)1.00000202.901.024.0
      C. Allen (S, 20)1.00000203.301.2711.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Clevinger (W, 6-4)7.0
      J. Smith (H, 15)1.0
      C. Allen (S, 20)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Archer (L, 8-7)5.17332803.841.242.0
      S. Romo1.20000305.201.244.5
      J. Alvarado1.00000204.761.154.0
      S. Cishek1.00001102.280.832.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Archer (L, 8-7)5.1
      S. Romo1.2
      J. Alvarado1.0
      S. Cishek1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 98-64, J. Smith 13-10, C. Allen 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 4-6, J. Smith 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 24, J. Smith 3, C. Allen 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Archer (12), S. Cishek (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 111-69, S. Romo 17-13, J. Alvarado 20-11, S. Cishek 22-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 3-4, S. Cishek 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Archer 24, S. Romo 5, J. Alvarado 3, S. Cishek 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      IndiansCLE62-52
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      RaysTB59-59
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS41100001.269.329.475.8043.0
      B. Zimmer CF40000031.257.323.422.745-1.5
      J. Ramirez 2B32100111.311.364.539.9034.5
      E. Encarnacion DH40200011.251.368.466.8341.5
      J. Bruce RF40220021.260.324.520.8444.0
      C. Santana 1B30000112.238.342.425.7670.5
      A. Almonte LF40000022.232.312.384.696-1.0
      R. Perez C30000132.175.269.255.525-0.5
      G. Urshela 3B40100011.213.273.246.5190.5
      Total33372031412-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        C. Dickerson LF40100020.289.333.509.8420.0
        L. Duda 1B40000021.244.353.525.878-1.0
        S. Souza RF40000020.260.362.497.860-1.0
        L. Morrison DH30100010.252.360.522.8820.5
        B. Miller 2B30100021.202.343.333.6760.0
        W. Ramos C30000012.170.200.290.490-0.5
        T. Plouffe 3B20000121.207.275.331.6060.0
        M. Smith CF30100010.282.345.369.7140.5
        A. Hechavarria SS30000002.240.254.307.5610.0
        Total2904001137-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - F. Lindor (33), J. Ramirez (36), J. Bruce (21)
          • RBI - J. Bruce 2 (77)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Bruce (34)
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Miller (9)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - B. Miller (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - F. Lindor, C. Santana
          FIELDING
          • DP - A. Hechavarria, B. Miller, L. Duda
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Clevinger (W, 6-4)7.04001903.651.2830.5
          J. Smith (H, 15)1.00000202.901.024.0
          C. Allen (S, 20)1.00000203.301.2711.0
          Total9.04001130---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Clevinger (W, 6-4)7.0
          J. Smith (H, 15)1.0
          C. Allen (S, 20)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Archer (L, 8-7)5.17332803.841.242.0
          S. Romo1.20000305.201.244.5
          J. Alvarado1.00000204.761.154.0
          S. Cishek1.00001102.280.832.5
          Total9.07333140---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Archer (L, 8-7)5.1
          S. Romo1.2
          J. Alvarado1.0
          S. Cishek1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 98-64, J. Smith 13-10, C. Allen 16-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 4-6, J. Smith 1-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 24, J. Smith 3, C. Allen 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - C. Archer (12), S. Cishek (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 111-69, S. Romo 17-13, J. Alvarado 20-11, S. Cishek 22-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 3-4, S. Cishek 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Archer 24, S. Romo 5, J. Alvarado 3, S. Cishek 4
          • 6TH INNING
            Bruce singled to right center, Ramirez scored30
          • 3RD INNING
            Lindor scored on wild pitch20
          • 1ST INNING
            Bruce doubled to left, Ramirez scored, Encarnacion to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Steve Cishek relieved Jose Alvarado
            • C. Santana: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Santana popped out to shortstop
            • A. Almonte: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
            • R. Perez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Perez to second on wild pitch, Urshela grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Cody Allen relieved Joe Smith
            • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • S. Souza: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Souza flied out to right
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jose Alvarado relieved Sergio Romo
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez flied out to center
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • J. Bruce: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Bruce struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Joe Smith relieved Mike Clevinger
            • T. Plouffe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Plouffe struck out swinging
            • M. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hechavarria grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • S. Romo Pitching:
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Urshela struck out swinging
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor lined out to right
            • B. Zimmer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • L. Morrison: Morrison fouled out to third
            • B. Miller: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
            • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramos grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Archer Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ramirez doubled to left
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion flied out to deep center, Ramirez to third
            • J. Bruce: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce singled to right center, Ramirez scored
            • C. Santana: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Santana walked, Bruce to second
            • Sergio Romo relieved Chris Archer
            • A. Almonte: Strike swinging, Almonte lined out to right
            • R. Perez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dickerson lined out to third
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • S. Souza: Strike looking, Souza lined out to left
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Archer Pitching:
            • G. Urshela: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Urshela reached on an infield single to pitcher
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Urshela out at second
            • B. Zimmer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • B. Miller: Strike swinging, Ball, Miller doubled to deep right
            • W. Ramos: Ball, Ball, Ramos flied out to left
            • T. Plouffe: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Miller caught stealing, catcher to third, Ball, Plouffe walked
            • M. Smith: Smith reached on an infield single to third, Plouffe to second
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Hechavarria fouled out to first
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Archer Pitching:
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Santana flied out to deep center
            • A. Almonte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Almonte grounded out to pitcher
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Duda grounded out to pitcher
            • S. Souza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Souza struck out swinging
            • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Morrison struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Archer Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike swinging, Foul, Lindor doubled to shallow right
            • B. Zimmer: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Zimmer grounded out to first, Lindor to third
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Lindor scored on wild pitch, Foul, Encarnacion singled to center
            • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Smith lined out to center
            • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria grounded out to second
            • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Archer Pitching:
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Almonte struck out looking
            • R. Perez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Foul, Urshela lined out to right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison singled to center
            • B. Miller: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
            • W. Ramos: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramos struck out swinging
            • T. Plouffe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Plouffe struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Archer Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor flied out to left
            • B. Zimmer: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion reached on an infield single to third, Ramirez to third
            • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce doubled to left, Ramirez scored, Encarnacion to third
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Santana struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Clevinger Pitching:
            • C. Dickerson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Dickerson singled to right center
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Duda grounded into double play first to shortstop, Dickerson out at second
            • S. Souza: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Souza struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)