Lowe homers, drives in 3 as Rays hold off Indians 6-4

CLEVELAND (AP) Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash is excited about how his team is playing. The only thing missing for the Rays: a clear path to the playoffs.

Rookie Brandon Lowe homered and drove in three runs, and the Rays hung on in the ninth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians 6-4 on Sunday, taking two of three from the AL Central leaders.

The Rays have won 11 of 13 and are a season-high 10 games over .500 (73-63). The stretch includes a three-game sweep over Boston and splitting two games with Atlanta.

''Right now I don't think you could ask for much more,'' Cash said. ''The guys, we talk about how they come to the ballpark prepared every single day. The effort's there every single day.''

Although moving into postseason contention is a long shot - Tampa Bay trails Oakland by eight games for the second wild card spot in the AL - Cash is pleased with how his team is progressing.

''We gotta have a lot of things go our way,'' he said. ''I couldn't be more impressed and excited about how this team has played here recently and looking forward to how they'll continue to play for the month of September.''

The Rays have pioneered the use of a reliever to open games before moving to a more conventional starting pitcher in the early innings.

''The guys they pitch are really good,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''Cashie is doing a really good job with their pitching. You can tell he's having fun with it.''

Ryan Yarbrough, another rookie, allowed one run in five-plus innings of relief for opener Diego Castillo, who was removed after Yandy Diaz's leadoff single in the second.

Yarbrough (13-5), who earned his major league-leading 11th relief win, was pulled after Jose Ramirez's RBI single in the seventh.

''I know they're a really aggressive team and for me it's been lately, just a matter of attacking the strike zone and mixing speeds,'' Yarbrough said.

Adam Kolarek pitched two scoreless innings before Cleveland made it closer in the ninth.

Francisco Lindor singled off Hunter Wood to lead off the ninth. Jose Ramirez drew a one-out walk and Diaz had an RBI single. Jose Alvarado replaced Wood and struck out Yonder Alonso, but Melky Cabrera's two-run double cut the lead to two.

Alvarado struck out Jason Kipnis for his seventh save in 10 opportunities.

Lowe homered to lead off the second and added a two-run double in the seventh for his first-ever three-hit game.

Carlos Carrasco (16-7) allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings and lost for the third time in his last 11 decisions.

Carrasco appeared to wince after throwing a pitch to Jake Bauers in the fourth. Several infielders talked with him on the mound and were soon joined by Francona and a team trainer. Carrasco remained in the game and said that he was taking extra time between pitches.

C.J. Cron began the fourth with his team-leading 26th homer. Joey Wendle, who made two outstanding plays at third base in the sixth, had an RBI double in the seventh that was followed by Tommy Pham's run-scoring triple.

Wendle charged Greg Allen's slow roller and threw the speedy center fielder out at first. Lindor followed with a grounder, and Wendle made a diving stop and threw him out to end the inning.

SCOOTER UNDER FIRE

Francona and Cash have been close friends for several years, which has led to a series of pranks between the two. Prior to Friday's series opener, Francona had the scoreboard operators at Progressive Field post Cash's career batting numbers, including a .183 average, under the headline, ''How Bad is Kevin Cash at the Plate?''

Cash got his revenge before Sunday's game by stealing the scooter Francona rides from his downtown apartment to the ballpark every day. Cash rode the scooter on the field and it was placed between second and third base as the Rays took batting practice. The scooter was hit by a couple of line drives before an Indians clubhouse worker drove it to safety.

The chair Francona sits on in the dugout mysteriously showed up in the Rays dugout before Friday's game. Cash was a suspect, but it appears an Indians pitcher was responsible.

Cash played for Boston when Francona managed the Red Sox and was on Cleveland's coaching staff for two seasons before taking the job in Tampa Bay. The practical jokes will surely continue when the Indians are in Tampa next week.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier (back spasms) was out of the lineup after leaving Saturday's game in the seventh.

Indians: LHP Andrew Miller (sore shoulder) threw up to 75 feet off flat ground Sunday. Miller, who has also dealt with hamstring and knee injuries, is on the disabled list for the third time this season.

UP NEXT

Rays: Tampa Bay opens a three-game series at Toronto on Monday. Cash didn't announce the starting pitcher, but RHP Ryne Stanek (2-3, 2.77 ERA) appears to be the leading candidate.

Indians: RHP Adam Plutko (4-4, 4.94 ERA) will pitch the opener of a three-game series Monday against Kansas City. RHP Jakob Junis (7-12, 4.53) will start for the Royals.

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  • W: R. Yarbrough (13-5)L: C. Carrasco (16-8)S: J. Alvarado (7)
  • HR: TB - C. Cron (26), B. Lowe (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Wendle 3B51210010.298.346.427.7734.5
T. Pham CF-LF51210012.254.338.411.7485.5
J. Choi DH41100111.272.351.478.8292.5
C. Cron 1B51211023.256.323.492.8157.0
B. Lowe 2B51331001.263.382.474.85612.0
W. Adames SS40200111.258.326.397.7232.5
J. Bauers LF30000123.200.318.388.7060.0
A. Velazquez CF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Gomez RF31000112.218.309.346.6551.5
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS41100000.284.360.517.8772.0
    M. Brantley LF41100021.304.358.467.8242.0
    J. Ramirez 3B31110100.289.401.593.9954.0
    Y. Diaz DH41210001.310.333.379.7134.0
    Y. Alonso 1B40000024.243.310.432.742-1.0
    M. Cabrera RF40120011.282.333.448.7813.5
    J. Kipnis 2B40000012.227.313.376.689-0.5
    R. Perez C10000100.151.244.224.4681.0
    E. Haase C10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    G. Allen CF30000002.240.278.312.590-1.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Wendle (21), C. Cron (25), B. Lowe 2 (3), A. Moore
      • 3B - T. Pham
      • HR - C. Cron (26), B. Lowe (3)
      • SH - A. Moore
      • RBI - J. Wendle (49), T. Pham (49), C. Cron (61), B. Lowe 3 (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Lowe 2 (10)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Choi, C. Cron, W. Adames, J. Bauers 3 (3), A. Moore 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Brantley (34), M. Cabrera (12)
      • RBI - J. Ramirez (95), Y. Diaz (9), M. Cabrera 2 (31)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Cabrera 2 (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Kipnis 2 (2), G. Allen
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - G. Allen (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Lowe-Adames-Cron)
      • E - A. Kolarek
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Cabrera (4)
      • DP - 2 (Cabrera-Ramirez; Alonso-Lindor-Cimber)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Castillo1.01000103.641.072.5
      R. Yarbrough (W, 13-5)5.02111303.681.2319.5
      A. Kolarek2.00000103.601.206.5
      H. Wood0.12331004.451.75-6.0
      J. Alvarado (S, 7)0.21000202.201.127.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Castillo1.0
      R. Yarbrough (W, 13-5)5.0
      A. Kolarek2.0
      H. Wood0.1
      J. Alvarado (S, 7)0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Carrasco (L, 16-8)6.19552923.521.141.5
      N. Ramirez0.11112004.811.25-4.0
      T. Olson0.10000106.231.570.5
      A. Cimber1.02000003.511.221.0
      J. Tomlin1.01000106.711.532.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Carrasco (L, 16-8)6.1
      N. Ramirez0.1
      T. Olson0.1
      A. Cimber1.0
      J. Tomlin1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Castillo 16-10, R. Yarbrough 67-42, A. Kolarek 24-15, H. Wood 12-6, J. Alvarado 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Castillo 1-1, R. Yarbrough 5-6, A. Kolarek 3-2, H. Wood 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Castillo 4, R. Yarbrough 17, A. Kolarek 6, H. Wood 4, J. Alvarado 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 107-70, N. Ramirez 15-7, T. Olson 4-3, A. Cimber 17-15, J. Tomlin 20-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 7-2, A. Cimber 2-0, J. Tomlin 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 29, N. Ramirez 4, T. Olson, A. Cimber 4, J. Tomlin 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Wendle 3B51210010.298.346.427.7734.5
      T. Pham CF-LF51210012.254.338.411.7485.5
      J. Choi DH41100111.272.351.478.8292.5
      C. Cron 1B51211023.256.323.492.8157.0
      B. Lowe 2B51331001.263.382.474.85612.0
      W. Adames SS40200111.258.326.397.7232.5
      J. Bauers LF30000123.200.318.388.7060.0
      A. Velazquez CF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      C. Gomez RF31000112.218.309.346.6551.5
      A. Moore C30100022.222.222.333.5561.0
      Total376136241115-----
      HITTERSAB
      J. Wendle 3B5
      T. Pham CF-LF5
      J. Choi DH4
      C. Cron 1B5
      B. Lowe 2B5
      W. Adames SS4
      J. Bauers LF3
      A. Velazquez CF0
      C. Gomez RF3
      A. Moore C3
      Total37
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS41100000.284.360.517.8772.0
        M. Brantley LF41100021.304.358.467.8242.0
        J. Ramirez 3B31110100.289.401.593.9954.0
        Y. Diaz DH41210001.310.333.379.7134.0
        Y. Alonso 1B40000024.243.310.432.742-1.0
        M. Cabrera RF40120011.282.333.448.7813.5
        J. Kipnis 2B40000012.227.313.376.689-0.5
        R. Perez C10000100.151.244.224.4681.0
        E. Haase C10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
        G. Allen CF30000002.240.278.312.590-1.0
        Total3246402712-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Wendle (21), C. Cron (25), B. Lowe 2 (3), A. Moore
          • 3B - T. Pham
          • HR - C. Cron (26), B. Lowe (3)
          • SH - A. Moore
          • RBI - J. Wendle (49), T. Pham (49), C. Cron (61), B. Lowe 3 (12)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. Lowe 2 (10)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Choi, C. Cron, W. Adames, J. Bauers 3 (3), A. Moore 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Brantley (34), M. Cabrera (12)
          • RBI - J. Ramirez (95), Y. Diaz (9), M. Cabrera 2 (31)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Cabrera 2 (11)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Kipnis 2 (2), G. Allen
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - G. Allen (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Lowe-Adames-Cron)
          • E - A. Kolarek
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - M. Cabrera (4)
          • DP - 2 (Cabrera-Ramirez; Alonso-Lindor-Cimber)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Castillo1.01000103.641.072.5
          R. Yarbrough (W, 13-5)5.02111303.681.2319.5
          A. Kolarek2.00000103.601.206.5
          H. Wood0.12331004.451.75-6.0
          J. Alvarado (S, 7)0.21000202.201.127.0
          Total9.0644270---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Castillo1.0
          R. Yarbrough (W, 13-5)5.0
          A. Kolarek2.0
          H. Wood0.1
          J. Alvarado (S, 7)0.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Carrasco (L, 16-8)6.19552923.521.141.5
          N. Ramirez0.11112004.811.25-4.0
          T. Olson0.10000106.231.570.5
          A. Cimber1.02000003.511.221.0
          J. Tomlin1.01000106.711.532.5
          Total9.013664112---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Carrasco (L, 16-8)6.1
          N. Ramirez0.1
          T. Olson0.1
          A. Cimber1.0
          J. Tomlin1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Castillo 16-10, R. Yarbrough 67-42, A. Kolarek 24-15, H. Wood 12-6, J. Alvarado 13-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Castillo 1-1, R. Yarbrough 5-6, A. Kolarek 3-2, H. Wood 1-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Castillo 4, R. Yarbrough 17, A. Kolarek 6, H. Wood 4, J. Alvarado 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 107-70, N. Ramirez 15-7, T. Olson 4-3, A. Cimber 17-15, J. Tomlin 20-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 7-2, A. Cimber 2-0, J. Tomlin 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 29, N. Ramirez 4, T. Olson, A. Cimber 4, J. Tomlin 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Cabrera doubled to deep left, Ramirez and Diaz scored64
            Diaz singled to center, Lindor scored, Ramirez to second62
          • 7TH INNING
            Ramirez singled to right, Brantley scored61
            Lowe doubled to deep right center, Pham and Choi scored60
            Pham tripled to deep center, Wendle scored40
            Wendle doubled to deep right center, Gomez scored30
          • 4TH INNING
            Cron homered to left center20
          • 2ND INNING
            Lowe homered to left10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Josh Tomlin relieved Adam Cimber
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Choi grounded out to second
            • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • B. Lowe: Foul, Ball, Ball, Lowe doubled to deep right
            • W. Adames: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Adames flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Hunter Wood relieved Adam Kolarek
            • F. Lindor: Lindor singled to right
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley grounded out to first, Lindor to second
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • Y. Diaz: Ball, Diaz singled to center, Lindor scored, Ramirez to second
            • Jose Alvarado relieved Hunter Wood
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Alonso struck out looking
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera doubled to deep left, Ramirez and Diaz scored
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera to third on fielder's indifference, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Adam Cimber relieved Tyler Olson
            • Eric Haase catching
            • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gomez grounded out to second
            • A. Moore: Strike swinging, Moore doubled to left center
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Foul, Wendle singled to left, Moore to third
            • T. Pham: Foul, Ball, Foul, Pham grounded out to shortstop, Wendle out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Andrew Velazquez in center field
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis safe at first on Kolarek throwing error, Kipnis to second
            • E. Haase: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Haase struck out swinging
            • G. Allen: Foul, Ball, Allen flied out to right
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gomez walked
            • A. Moore: Moore hit sacrifice bunt to first, Gomez to second
            • J. Wendle: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Wendle doubled to deep right center, Gomez scored
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pham tripled to deep center, Wendle scored
            • Neil Ramirez relieved Carlos Carrasco
            • J. Choi: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choi walked
            • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Cron popped out to shortstop
            • B. Lowe: Lowe doubled to deep right center, Pham and Choi scored
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Adames walked
            • Tyler Olson relieved Neil Ramirez
            • J. Bauers: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Brantley doubled to deep right
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez singled to right, Brantley scored
            • Adam Kolarek relieved Ryan Yarbrough
            • Y. Diaz: Ball, Diaz flied out to deep right
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Alonso grounded out to shortstop, Ramirez out at second
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Ball, Cron doubled to deep right
            • B. Lowe: Lowe lined out to right, Cron out at third
            • W. Adames: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Adames singled to center
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Perez lined out to third
            • G. Allen: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Allen grounded out to third
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Lindor grounded out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • J. Wendle: Strike swinging, Wendle grounded out to second
            • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
            • J. Choi: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Choi grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Alonso flied out to center
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera lined out to left
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis fouled out to first
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Cron homered to left center
            • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Foul, Lowe grounded out to first
            • W. Adames: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Adames singled to right
            • J. Bauers: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bauers walked, Adames to second
            • C. Gomez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
            • A. Moore: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moore struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez popped out to first
            • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • A. Moore: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Moore struck out looking
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
            • T. Pham: Ball, Pham singled to right center
            • J. Choi: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • R. Perez: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Perez walked
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Allen reached on fielder's choice to first, Perez out at second
            • F. Lindor: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Allen caught stealing second, catcher to second, Lindor grounded out to third
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • B. Lowe: Lowe homered to left
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Bauers grounded out to second
            • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gomez lined out to left
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Castillo Pitching:
            • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Diaz singled to center
            • Ryan Yarbrough relieved Diego Castillo
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
            • J. Kipnis: Kipnis lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Wendle grounded out to pitcher
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pham grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Choi: Ball, Choi singled to right
            • C. Cron: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Castillo Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor popped out to shortstop
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)