Jackson's homer in 8th lifts Kluber, Indians over Rays 4-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Corey Kluber appreciated Austin Jackson's efforts, both with the bat and glove.

Jackson led off the eighth inning with a home run, sending Kluber and the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians over the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Sunday.

''He's been a huge part of this team so far and it's both offensively and defensively,'' Kluber said. ''He's shown when he's healthy he's still got a lot left.''

Jackson also ran down a line drive to left field by Corey Dickerson in the first inning that could have gone for extra bases.

''We talk so much about being ready for the first inning,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. ''That can change the game because he's ready to go full tilt. If not, that's a double.''

Kluber (11-3) struck out nine in seven innings, his 14th straight start of fanning eight or more. He gave up four hits, including a two-run homer to Steven Souza Jr. that made it 3-all.

Kluber is 8-1 with a 1.85 ERA in those 14 starts since coming off the disabled list. It wasn't his best game, but it was good enough.

''Throughout the course of the season you have days where you feel good and days where you don't,'' he said. ''So you've got to try to manage it.''

Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 21st save.

The Rays went 2-7 on a nine-game homestand in which they were shut out five times and scored only 11 runs.

Jackson's fourth homer accounted for only the second run given up by Tommy Hunter (2-3) in his last 21 appearances.

Jay Bruce and Carlos Santana hit RBI doubles in the fourth off Austin Pruitt that put the Indians up 2-1. Edwin Encarnacion added his 24th homer in the sixth.

The Rays put together three hits off Kluber, including Evan Longoria's RBI single, to take a 1-0 lead in the third.

Souza's 25th homer tied it in the sixth after Kluber walked Longoria.

''It's a step in the right direction that we got going a little bit,'' said Souza. who also stole a base and threw out a runner at the plate.

''Anytime you face Corey Kluber, you know you're not going to score nine runs, so I thought the way we went after him was pretty impressive. We battled to the very end,'' he said.

Pruitt gave up three runs on four hits in six innings in his third straight start against an All-Star pitcher.

NO BATS

The Rays hit just .170 and struck out 100 times in their homestand, which opened with 19 straight scoreless innings against Milwaukee. Tampa Bay had gone 20 innings without scoring until touching Kluber.

''Maybe it's a good thing we're out of here for four days and heading to Toronto,'' manager Kevin Cash said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: LHP Andrew Miller (knee tendinitis) felt good after throwing a morning bullpen session. The Indians have yet to determine whether he will need a rehab appearance before being activated.

Rays: RHP Matt Andriese (right hip stress fracture) gave up two runs on four hits in three innings in his first rehab start for Class A Charlotte, his first appearance since June 10.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (10-8) will pitch against RHP Doug Fister (2-5) of the Red Sox on Monday night in Boston in a makeup of a rainout on Aug. 2.

Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi (6-5) will face RHP Nick Tepesch (0-2) on Monday night in the first game of a four-game series in Toronto.

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IndiansCLE63-52
000201010480
RaysTB59-60
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  • W: C. Kluber (11-3)L: T. Hunter (2-3)S: C. Allen (21)
  • HR: CLE - E. Encarnacion (24), A. Jackson (4), TB - S. Souza (25)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS50100010.268.328.472.8000.5
A. Jackson LF42211000.312.383.490.8748.0
J. Ramirez 3B40100021.310.363.538.9021.0
E. Encarnacion DH41111012.251.367.471.8395.5
J. Bruce RF31110111.261.325.522.8474.5
C. Santana 1B30210101.241.346.429.7755.0
Y. Gomes C40000025.220.311.360.671-1.0
B. Zimmer CF30000110.253.322.416.7380.5
G. Urshela 3B20000000.206.265.238.5030.0
a- J. Kipnis 2B20000012.225.284.387.672-0.5
  • a-popped out for Urshela in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Dickerson LF40100010.289.333.507.8390.5
L. Duda DH30000022.242.351.520.8720.0
E. Longoria 3B31110101.268.323.450.7734.0
L. Morrison 1B40000013.249.357.517.874-0.5
S. Souza RF21121210.261.366.505.87110.5
B. Miller 2B40000032.198.338.328.666-1.5
A. Hechavarria SS40000022.235.249.301.550-1.0
M. Smith CF30000010.278.341.364.704-0.5
J. Sucre C31100010.254.277.384.6611.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Ramirez (37), J. Bruce (22), C. Santana (28)
    • HR - A. Jackson (4), E. Encarnacion (24)
    • RBI - A. Jackson (21), E. Encarnacion (66), J. Bruce (78), C. Santana (60)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion (19), J. Bruce (35), C. Santana (20)
    BATTING
    • HR - S. Souza (25)
    • RBI - E. Longoria (67), S. Souza 2 (71)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Longoria (21), S. Souza 2 (34)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - S. Souza (9)
    FIELDING
    • DP - C. Santana
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - S. Souza (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber (W, 11-3)7.04332912.710.9126.5
    B. Shaw (H, 14)1.00000103.271.253.5
    C. Allen (S, 21)1.00001203.231.2710.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber (W, 11-3)7.0
    B. Shaw (H, 14)1.0
    C. Allen (S, 21)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Pruitt6.04331315.071.4514.5
    S. Cishek0.11001002.250.89-2.0
    T. Hunter (L, 2-3)1.03110111.761.00-5.5
    D. Jennings0.10001104.101.41-0.5
    B. Boxberger1.10000402.870.965.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Pruitt6.0
    S. Cishek0.1
    T. Hunter (L, 2-3)1.0
    D. Jennings0.1
    B. Boxberger1.1
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Kluber (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 100-66, B. Shaw 9-6, C. Allen 22-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 4-7, B. Shaw 2-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 27, B. Shaw 3, C. Allen 4
    PITCHING
    • IBB - D. Jennings (7)
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Pruitt 88-60, S. Cishek 11-7, T. Hunter 26-17, D. Jennings 5-4, B. Boxberger 16-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Pruitt 7-8, S. Cishek 1-0
    • Batters Faced - A. Pruitt 23, S. Cishek 3, T. Hunter 5, D. Jennings 2, B. Boxberger 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    IndiansCLE63-52
    000201010480
    RaysTB59-60
    001002000340
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS50100010.268.328.472.8000.5
    A. Jackson LF42211000.312.383.490.8748.0
    J. Ramirez 3B40100021.310.363.538.9021.0
    E. Encarnacion DH41111012.251.367.471.8395.5
    J. Bruce RF31110111.261.325.522.8474.5
    C. Santana 1B30210101.241.346.429.7755.0
    Y. Gomes C40000025.220.311.360.671-1.0
    B. Zimmer CF30000110.253.322.416.7380.5
    G. Urshela 3B20000000.206.265.238.5030.0
    a- J. Kipnis 2B20000012.225.284.387.672-0.5
    Total3448423912-----
    • a-popped out for Urshela in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Dickerson LF40100010.289.333.507.8390.5
    L. Duda DH30000022.242.351.520.8720.0
    E. Longoria 3B31110101.268.323.450.7734.0
    L. Morrison 1B40000013.249.357.517.874-0.5
    S. Souza RF21121210.261.366.505.87110.5
    B. Miller 2B40000032.198.338.328.666-1.5
    A. Hechavarria SS40000022.235.249.301.550-1.0
    M. Smith CF30000010.278.341.364.704-0.5
    J. Sucre C31100010.254.277.384.6611.5
    Total30343131210-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Ramirez (37), J. Bruce (22), C. Santana (28)
      • HR - A. Jackson (4), E. Encarnacion (24)
      • RBI - A. Jackson (21), E. Encarnacion (66), J. Bruce (78), C. Santana (60)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion (19), J. Bruce (35), C. Santana (20)
      BATTING
      • HR - S. Souza (25)
      • RBI - E. Longoria (67), S. Souza 2 (71)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Longoria (21), S. Souza 2 (34)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - S. Souza (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - C. Santana
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - S. Souza (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 11-3)7.04332912.710.9126.5
      B. Shaw (H, 14)1.00000103.271.253.5
      C. Allen (S, 21)1.00001203.231.2710.0
      Total9.04333121---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 11-3)7.0
      B. Shaw (H, 14)1.0
      C. Allen (S, 21)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Pruitt6.04331315.071.4514.5
      S. Cishek0.11001002.250.89-2.0
      T. Hunter (L, 2-3)1.03110111.761.00-5.5
      D. Jennings0.10001104.101.41-0.5
      B. Boxberger1.10000402.870.965.0
      Total9.0844392---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Pruitt6.0
      S. Cishek0.1
      T. Hunter (L, 2-3)1.0
      D. Jennings0.1
      B. Boxberger1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Kluber (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 100-66, B. Shaw 9-6, C. Allen 22-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 4-7, B. Shaw 2-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 27, B. Shaw 3, C. Allen 4
      PITCHING
      • IBB - D. Jennings (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Pruitt 88-60, S. Cishek 11-7, T. Hunter 26-17, D. Jennings 5-4, B. Boxberger 16-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Pruitt 7-8, S. Cishek 1-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Pruitt 23, S. Cishek 3, T. Hunter 5, D. Jennings 2, B. Boxberger 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Jackson homered to left center43
      • 6TH INNING
        Souza homered to center, Longoria scored33
        Encarnacion homered to left center31
      • 4TH INNING
        Santana doubled to left center, Bruce scored21
        Bruce doubled to deep right center, Jackson scored11
      • 3RD INNING
        Longoria singled to left, Sucre scored, Dickerson to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • B. Boxberger Pitching:
        • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Zimmer struck out looking
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out looking
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Cody Allen relieved Bryan Shaw
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Morrison popped out to third
        • S. Souza: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Souza walked
        • B. Miller: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Souza stole second, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • T. Hunter Pitching:
        • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Jackson homered to left center
        • J. Ramirez: Foul, Ramirez doubled to right
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • Dan Jennings relieved Tommy Hunter
        • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
        • C. Santana: Santana intentionally walked
        • Brad Boxberger relieved Dan Jennings
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Bryan Shaw relieved Corey Kluber
        • C. Dickerson: Dickerson grounded out to pitcher
        • L. Duda: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Longoria grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Steve Cishek relieved Austin Pruitt
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Santana singled to center
        • Y. Gomes: Gomes grounded out to shortstop, Santana to second
        • B. Zimmer: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Zimmer walked
        • Tommy Hunter relieved Steve Cishek
        • Jason Kipnis hit for Giovanny Urshela
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kipnis popped out to second
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor singled to right, Santana out at home
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Hechavarria fouled out to right
        • M. Smith: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Smith grounded out to first
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Sucre lined out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jackson popped out to shortstop
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to first
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion homered to left center
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bruce grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • L. Duda: Ball, Strike swinging, Duda grounded out to second
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Longoria walked
        • L. Morrison: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • S. Souza: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Souza homered to center, Longoria scored
        • B. Miller: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Miller struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Zimmer grounded out to second
        • G. Urshela: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Urshela flied out to shallow right
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Lindor grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Sucre struck out swinging
        • C. Dickerson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Jackson singled to right
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Ramirez struck out on foul tip
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, , Encarnacion flied out to deep center
        • J. Bruce: Bruce doubled to deep right center, Jackson scored
        • C. Santana: Foul, Santana doubled to left center, Bruce scored
        • Y. Gomes: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gomes fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • S. Souza: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Souza struck out swinging
        • B. Miller: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
        • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • B. Zimmer: Ball, Zimmer flied out to deep center
        • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Urshela grounded out to shortstop
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lindor grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Smith grounded bunt out to catcher
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Ball, Sucre singled to left
        • C. Dickerson: Dickerson singled to right, Sucre to second
        • L. Duda: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • E. Longoria: Longoria singled to left, Sucre scored, Dickerson to second
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison flied out to right
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bruce walked
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Santana flied out to deep left
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gomes struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Strike swinging, Morrison flied out to deep center
        • S. Souza: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Souza walked
        • B. Miller: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Miller reached on fielder's choice to second, Souza out at second
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor popped out to third
        • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Jackson flied out to left
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Dickerson lined out to left
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Duda hit by pitch
        • E. Longoria: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Longoria lined into double play first, Duda out at first
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)