Rays get inside-the-park homer, 3 others in stopping Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) As he sprinted madly around the bases, Kevin Kiermaier wondered when he'd stop.

He never did.

Kiermaier legged out a three-run, inside-the-park homer when Cleveland outfielders Oscar Mercado and Leonys Martin collided, and Ryan Yarbrough handled the Indians' struggling lineup into the eighth inning of his first start this season to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-2 win Thursday night.

With the Rays ahead 3-0 in the sixth, Kiermaier hit a sinking liner to left-center. Mercado and Martin converged on the ball before slamming into each other as they each made an all-out attempt at catching it.

Mercado took the worst of the crash as Martin's left knee drove hard into his right hip. As the two Indians players lay helplessly in the grass, the ball ricocheted toward the left field corner and Kiermaier easily circled the bases for the first inside-the-parker allowed by Cleveland since 2008.

''I never saw the ball - at all,'' said Kiermaier, who feared he'd get thrown out. ''I was just running to run. At the time, I didn't know what was going on. I was so confused running the bases. I don't know what the heck happened.''

Once he rounded third, Kiermaier stopped worrying. But even back in the dugout, he was puzzled.

''I asked my teammates, `Is that a homer? What just happened?''' he said.

Tommy Pham, Avisail Garcia and Willy Adames hit solo homers off Adam Plutko (1-1) as the Rays improved baseball's best road record to 16-7.

Yarbrough (3-1), recalled before the game after a stint at Triple-A Durham, allowed two runs and four hits in a career-high 7 1/3 innings. The left-hander began the year in Tampa Bay's bullpen, but struggled and was sent down April 24 to work on his mechanics.

He looked fine-tuned against the Indians, who dropped their fourth straight and nearly lost two more players to injury on a freakish play in the sixth.

The collision between Mercado and Martin sums up the Indians lately. Nothing is going right.

Mercado was down for several minutes before getting to a crouch and finally standing. He did some jogging as manager Terry Francona looked on and remained in the game only to be further tested in the inning as he had to race in to catch a short fly and a line drive.

''It couldn't have been placed any (more) perfectly,'' Mercado said. ''We both went at it full speed and it's just one of those things where it's tough to call, because you don't know if you're going to get to it and it's just, like, a last-minute - we both reacted and dove. Unfortunately, it resulted in that, but it's a learning experience.''

Mercado singled in the sixth before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. Martin jammed his knee, but stayed in.

Kiermaier hoped both Mercado and Martin were OK.

''It's not fun,'' he said. ''After watching the replay, they hit really good. I hit that ball in a perfect spot. Both of them could not make the play, but they ran into each other. As an outfielder, that's never what you want to do.''

BANG, BANG, BANG

The Rays didn't waste any time getting to Plutko, as three of Tampa Bay's first six batters homered.

Plutko allowed just one hit - a homer - while winning his season debut against Baltimore on May 18. But the right-hander wasn't nearly as effective this time, yielding eight hits in the first four innings and 12 in 5 1/3.

''Clearly, they were better than I was today,'' Plutko said. ''They got to me early. Hung with them for a bit and they delivered the knockout blow there in the sixth. Not my best day.''

ALLERGIC REACTION

Rays third baseman Daniel Robertson was replaced in the fifth after suffering an allergic reaction. He has a severe nut allergy and was affected after eating a sweet-potato dish in the clubhouse that contained pecans.

ROAD CREW

The Rays improved to 8-1 in road series openers.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: INF Yandy Diaz won't get to face his former team after being placed on the injured list with a badly bruised left hand. He was hit by a pitch Sunday against the New York Yankees and sat out two games before the Rays decided to give him extended rest. Diaz, batting .256 with nine homers and 22 RBIs, was acquired from Cleveland in a three-team trade in December.

Indians: C Roberto Perez sat out his second game in a row with a head injury suffered when he was hit in the mask by a foul ball Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Rays: LHP Blake Snell (3-4, 3.31 ERA) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his previous start against Cleveland on Sept. 12. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner has 30 strikeouts in his last three starts.

Indians: RHP Shane Bieber (3-2, 3.22) fanned 15 in a shutout last week against Baltimore. His outing was just the 15th since 1908 in which a pitcher had 15 strikeouts without a walk.

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  • W: R. Yarbrough (3-1)L: A. Plutko (1-1)
  • HR: TB - A. Garcia (9), T. Pham (7), K. Kiermaier (5), W. Adames (4)
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E. Kratz C40100021.122.200.244.4440.0
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    J. Kipnis 2B41100010.220.299.333.6331.5
    C. Santana 1B20000200.287.411.485.8962.0
    J. Luplow RF40120001.243.299.500.7994.0
    J. Ramirez 3B30100102.198.300.302.6022.0
    J. Bauers DH40000023.221.305.351.655-1.0
    E. Haase C40000033.000.000.000.000-1.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Adames (8), A. Velazquez
      • HR - T. Pham (7), A. Garcia (9), W. Adames (4), K. Kiermaier (5)
      • RBI - T. Pham 2 (22), A. Garcia (21), W. Adames (11), K. Kiermaier 3 (20)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Pham (10), A. Garcia (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham 2 (2), J. Choi, K. Kiermaier 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Luplow (3)
      • RBI - J. Luplow 2 (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Luplow 2 (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Ramirez 2 (2), E. Haase 3 (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Kipnis-Lindor-Santana; Lindor-Santana; Lindor-Kipnis-Santana)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Yarbrough (W, 3-1)7.14221406.381.1326.0
      R. Stanek0.20000103.381.050.5
      E. Pagan1.00002100.530.761.5
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Yarbrough (W, 3-1)7.1
      R. Stanek0.2
      E. Pagan1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Plutko (L, 1-1)5.112770346.351.32-7.5
      O. Perez0.21000003.751.25-1.0
      A. Cole1.00000101.420.793.5
      T. Clippard1.00000203.480.774.0
      B. Hand1.01001101.350.851.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Plutko (L, 1-1)5.1
      O. Perez0.2
      A. Cole1.0
      T. Clippard1.0
      B. Hand1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Yarbrough 99-67, R. Stanek 11-7, E. Pagan 22-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Yarbrough 9-9
      • Batters Faced - R. Yarbrough 27, R. Stanek 2, E. Pagan 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - O. Perez
      • HBP - A. Plutko
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 87-64, O. Perez 10-8, A. Cole 17-10, T. Clippard 11-9, B. Hand 13-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 4-7, A. Cole 1-1, T. Clippard 1-0, B. Hand 1-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 27, O. Perez 3, A. Cole 3, T. Clippard 3, B. Hand 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      A. Meadows DH50000023.321.406.6251.031-1.0
      T. Pham LF41321002.290.403.460.86310.0
      J. Choi 1B40100102.263.338.398.7362.0
      A. Garcia RF51111003.280.339.516.8556.0
      B. Lowe 2B41100021.288.335.544.8791.0
      W. Adames SS42311000.245.315.395.70910.0
      K. Kiermaier CF41231002.242.305.443.7489.0
      E. Kratz C40100021.122.200.244.4440.0
      D. Robertson 3B20100001.197.315.287.6021.0
      A. Velazquez 3B21100010.143.143.286.4292.5
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        F. Lindor SS40000001.286.338.496.8340.0
        J. Kipnis 2B41100010.220.299.333.6331.5
        C. Santana 1B20000200.287.411.485.8962.0
        J. Luplow RF40120001.243.299.500.7994.0
        J. Ramirez 3B30100102.198.300.302.6022.0
        J. Bauers DH40000023.221.305.351.655-1.0
        E. Haase C40000033.000.000.000.000-1.5
        L. Martin CF30000000.223.303.367.6700.0
        O. Mercado LF20100000.261.346.391.7371.0
        M. Freeman PR-LF11000000.231.417.269.6861.0
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          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Adames (8), A. Velazquez
          • HR - T. Pham (7), A. Garcia (9), W. Adames (4), K. Kiermaier (5)
          • RBI - T. Pham 2 (22), A. Garcia (21), W. Adames (11), K. Kiermaier 3 (20)
          • 2-Out RBI - T. Pham (10), A. Garcia (9)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham 2 (2), J. Choi, K. Kiermaier 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Luplow (3)
          • RBI - J. Luplow 2 (10)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Luplow 2 (2)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Ramirez 2 (2), E. Haase 3 (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 3 (Kipnis-Lindor-Santana; Lindor-Santana; Lindor-Kipnis-Santana)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Yarbrough (W, 3-1)7.14221406.381.1326.0
          R. Stanek0.20000103.381.050.5
          E. Pagan1.00002100.530.761.5
          Total9.0422360---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Yarbrough (W, 3-1)7.1
          R. Stanek0.2
          E. Pagan1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Plutko (L, 1-1)5.112770346.351.32-7.5
          O. Perez0.21000003.751.25-1.0
          A. Cole1.00000101.420.793.5
          T. Clippard1.00000203.480.774.0
          B. Hand1.01001101.350.851.5
          Total9.01477174---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Plutko (L, 1-1)5.1
          O. Perez0.2
          A. Cole1.0
          T. Clippard1.0
          B. Hand1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Yarbrough 99-67, R. Stanek 11-7, E. Pagan 22-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Yarbrough 9-9
          • Batters Faced - R. Yarbrough 27, R. Stanek 2, E. Pagan 5
          PITCHING
          • WP - O. Perez
          • HBP - A. Plutko
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 87-64, O. Perez 10-8, A. Cole 17-10, T. Clippard 11-9, B. Hand 13-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 4-7, A. Cole 1-1, T. Clippard 1-0, B. Hand 1-0
          • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 27, O. Perez 3, A. Cole 3, T. Clippard 3, B. Hand 4
          • 6TH INNING
            Luplow doubled to deep left, Freeman and Kipnis scored, Santana to third72
            Pham singled to shallow right, Velazquez scored70
            Kiermaier homered to left center, Lowe and Adames scored60
          • 2ND INNING
            Adames homered to center30
          • 1ST INNING
            Garcia homered to center20
            Pham homered to left10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Brad Hand relieved Tyler Clippard
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Meadows struck out looking
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Pham singled to left
            • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choi walked, Pham to second
            • A. Garcia: Garcia grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Choi out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Emilio Pagan relieved Ryne Stanek
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Santana walked
            • J. Luplow: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Luplow lined out to left
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked, Santana to second
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Bauers flied out to shallow left
            • E. Haase: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Haase struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Tyler Clippard relieved A.J. Cole
            • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Foul, Kiermaier grounded out to first
            • E. Kratz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kratz struck out swinging
            • A. Velazquez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Velazquez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • M. Freeman: Strike swinging, Freeman fouled out to third
            • Ryne Stanek relieved Ryan Yarbrough
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Lindor flied out to shallow center
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • A.J. Cole relieved Oliver Perez
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Garcia grounded out to third
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
            • W. Adames: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Adames flied out to right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • J. Bauers: Bauers grounded out to second
            • E. Haase: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Haase struck out swinging
            • L. Martin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin grounded out to first
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Ball, Foul, Lowe reached on an infield single to second
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Adames doubled to deep center, Lowe to third
            • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier homered to left center, Lowe and Adames scored
            • E. Kratz: Kratz popped out to second
            • A. Velazquez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Velazquez doubled to center
            • Oliver Perez relieved Adam Plutko
            • A. Meadows: Foul, Ball, Velazquez to third on wild pitch, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Meadows flied out to shallow left
            • T. Pham: Pham singled to shallow right, Velazquez scored
            • J. Choi: Foul, Choi lined out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Martin grounded out to shortstop
            • O. Mercado: Mercado singled to right center
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor popped out to first
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kipnis singled to left center, Mercado to second
            • Mike Freeman ran for Oscar Mercado
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Santana walked, Freeman to third, Kipnis to second
            • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Luplow doubled to deep left, Freeman and Kipnis scored, Santana to third
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • T. Pham: Ball, Pham hit by pitch
            • J. Choi: Ball, Foul, Choi grounded into double play shortstop to first, Pham out at second
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Garcia flied out to shallow right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Andrew Velazquez at third base
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ramirez lined out to center
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
            • E. Haase: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Haase struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • E. Kratz: Foul, Kratz singled to shallow center
            • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Robertson grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Kratz out at second
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Kipnis flied out to shallow left
            • C. Santana: Santana grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Luplow: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Luplow lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • J. Choi: Choi singled to right
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia flied out to deep center
            • B. Lowe: Foul, Lowe flied out to center
            • W. Adames: Foul, Ball, Adames singled to shallow center, Choi to second
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Kiermaier grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Martin grounded out to pitcher
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mercado grounded out to shortstop
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor lined out to center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Adames homered to center
            • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Kiermaier singled to left
            • E. Kratz: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kratz struck out swinging
            • D. Robertson: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Robertson singled to center, Kiermaier to second
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Meadows popped out to shortstop
            • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Pham lined out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Luplow flied out to deep right
            • J. Ramirez: Ramirez singled to shallow left
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
            • E. Haase: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Haase reached on fielder's choice to third, Ramirez out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Meadows fouled out to third
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham homered to left
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Choi grounded out to first
            • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Garcia homered to center
            • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Lindor grounded out to third
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis lined out to shortstop
            • C. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Santana lined out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)