Rays' Snell no-hit bid into 7th, 19th win tops Indians 3-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Blake Snell is locked in on the Tampa Bay Rays' longshot postseason hopes, not thinking about winning the AL Cy Young Award.

Snell took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and got his major league-leading 19th win, leading the Rays over the Cleveland Indians 3-1 on Wednesday.

''I know that we're winning and that's the most important thing,'' Snell said. ''That's what I'm focused on, that's what we're focused on. All the individual stuff I'll look at later.''

Snell (19-5) lost his bid when Jose Ramirez led off the seventh with his 38th homer. Snell won his team-record seventh straight start, striking out nine and walking two in seven innings. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 16 consecutive home starts.

Chaz Roe and Jose Alvarado each got three outs, completing a one-hitter. Alvarado earned his eighth save in 11 chances.

The Rays are 8 1/2 games behind Oakland for the second AL wild card with 17 left. The Athletics routed Baltimore on Wednesday night and open a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Friday night.

Snell's ERA dropped to 2.03, second in the AL behind Boston's Chris Sale at 1.96. Snell's 1.24 ERA at home is best in the majors.

''He's got the whole package,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He's got velocity, breaking ball, changeup, and seeing how much he's improved from one year to the next, that's pretty special stuff.''

Cleveland's magic number to clinch a third consecutive AL Central title remained at three.

Ji-Man Choi hit a two-run homer in the first off Carlos Carrasco (16-9), then took a well-inside pitch from Carrasco in the sixth and briefly stared at the mound. Choi hit a winning homer off Brad Hand in the ninth inning on Monday night.

''Every at-bat I can hit a home run you feel great, especially today helping to contribute to a win for Snell,'' Choi said through a translator.

Cleveland's Edwin Encarnacion stared and shook his head after a high and inside pitch from Snell in the fourth.

''It was nothing,'' Encarnacion said. ''No hard feelings. He tried to go inside. No problem.''

Carrasco (16-9) gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings.

Josh Donaldson, acquired by Cleveland from Toronto on Aug. 31, hit into a double play as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. He went 0 for 4 Tuesday in his Cleveland debut, his first big league game since May 28.

Cleveland center fielder Jason Kipnis, left fielder Michael Brantley, catcher Yan Gomes and first baseman Yonder Alonso were also rested.

Tommy Pham extended his career-best hitting streak to 16 games with a two-out infield single in the first and scored on Choi's drive to center field.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: Donaldson is to start at third base on Friday.

Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier didn't provide details for what the team called a ''general illness'' that kept him out the lineup the previous two games. ''Time to rest really helped,'' said Kiermaier, who had a fourth-inning sacrifice fly and tripled during the sixth.

NUMBERS

Ramirez's homer was his first since Aug. 17, ending an 88 at-bat drought. ... Tampa Bay OF Mallex Smith stole two bases and has 33 overall. ... The game was played in 2 hours, 20 minutes.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Mike Tomlin (1-5) is to face Detroit LHP Matthew Boyd (9-12) on Friday night.

Rays: RHP Diego Castillo (3-2) will start a bullpen game for Tampa Bay Friday night against Oakland RHP Edwin Jackson (5-3). The Rays took three of four from the Athletics in Oakland from May 28-31.

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  • W: B. Snell (19-5)L: C. Carrasco (16-9)S: J. Alvarado (8)
  • HR: CLE - J. Ramirez (38), TB - J. Choi (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS40000021.283.356.525.881-1.0
Y. Diaz 1B40000020.297.333.419.752-1.0
J. Ramirez 2B41111020.280.393.574.9675.0
E. Encarnacion DH20000110.235.323.466.7890.5
B. Guyer LF30000001.202.290.365.6550.0
M. Cabrera RF30000020.273.332.424.756-1.0
R. Davis CF20000010.238.290.297.587-0.5
a- G. Allen PH-CF10000010.238.290.313.602-0.5
R. Perez C10000110.156.257.250.5070.5
b- Y. Alonso PH00000100.237.303.414.7171.0
A. Rosales PR-3B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
E. Gonzalez 3B20000001.280.313.392.7050.0
c- J. Donaldson PH10000001.225.323.408.7320.0
E. Haase C00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Davis in the 8th
  • b-walked for Perez in the 8th
  • c-grounded into a double play for Gonzalez in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Smith RF40100001.303.372.419.7915.0
J. Wendle 3B40000002.293.339.424.7630.0
T. Pham LF31100121.263.349.427.7762.0
J. Choi DH41221022.280.362.540.9037.0
B. Lowe 2B31100010.244.354.463.8183.5
a- W. Adames PH-SS10000011.262.327.388.715-0.5
K. Kiermaier CF30110001.225.285.386.6714.0
J. Bauers 1B20000100.191.313.375.6891.0
J. Sucre C30000002.186.223.212.4340.0
A. Velazquez SS-2B30100010.400.500.400.9000.5
  • a-struck out for Lowe in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - J. Ramirez (38)
  • RBI - J. Ramirez (99)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, B. Guyer
BATTING
  • 3B - B. Lowe, K. Kiermaier (8)
  • HR - J. Choi (9)
  • SF - K. Kiermaier (2)
  • RBI - J. Choi 2 (29), K. Kiermaier (28)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Choi 2 (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham, J. Choi 2 (2), K. Kiermaier, J. Sucre 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Smith 2 (33)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Wendle-Lowe-Bauers)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Carrasco (L, 16-9)7.06332513.431.1310.5
A. Miller1.01000203.121.233.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Carrasco (L, 16-9)7.0
A. Miller1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell (W, 19-5)7.01112912.030.9831.5
C. Roe (H, 26)1.00001103.771.062.5
J. Alvarado (S, 8)1.00000202.141.1011.0
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell (W, 19-5)7.0
C. Roe (H, 26)1.0
J. Alvarado (S, 8)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Carrasco (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 101-61, A. Miller 12-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 11-5, A. Miller 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 29, A. Miller 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 104-61, C. Roe 11-6, J. Alvarado 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 7-5, C. Roe 1-0
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 24, C. Roe 3, J. Alvarado 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS40000021.283.356.525.881-1.0
Y. Diaz 1B40000020.297.333.419.752-1.0
J. Ramirez 2B41111020.280.393.574.9675.0
E. Encarnacion DH20000110.235.323.466.7890.5
B. Guyer LF30000001.202.290.365.6550.0
M. Cabrera RF30000020.273.332.424.756-1.0
R. Davis CF20000010.238.290.297.587-0.5
a- G. Allen PH-CF10000010.238.290.313.602-0.5
R. Perez C10000110.156.257.250.5070.5
b- Y. Alonso PH00000100.237.303.414.7171.0
A. Rosales PR-3B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
E. Gonzalez 3B20000001.280.313.392.7050.0
c- J. Donaldson PH10000001.225.323.408.7320.0
E. Haase C00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Davis in the 8th
  • b-walked for Perez in the 8th
  • c-grounded into a double play for Gonzalez in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Smith RF40100001.303.372.419.7915.0
J. Wendle 3B40000002.293.339.424.7630.0
T. Pham LF31100121.263.349.427.7762.0
J. Choi DH41221022.280.362.540.9037.0
B. Lowe 2B31100010.244.354.463.8183.5
a- W. Adames PH-SS10000011.262.327.388.715-0.5
K. Kiermaier CF30110001.225.285.386.6714.0
J. Bauers 1B20000100.191.313.375.6891.0
J. Sucre C30000002.186.223.212.4340.0
A. Velazquez SS-2B30100010.400.500.400.9000.5
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HITTERSAB
M. Smith RF4
J. Wendle 3B4
T. Pham LF3
J. Choi DH4
B. Lowe 2B3
a- W. Adames PH-SS1
K. Kiermaier CF3
J. Bauers 1B2
J. Sucre C3
A. Velazquez SS-2B3
Total30
  • a-struck out for Lowe in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - J. Ramirez (38)
  • RBI - J. Ramirez (99)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, B. Guyer
BATTING
  • 3B - B. Lowe, K. Kiermaier (8)
  • HR - J. Choi (9)
  • SF - K. Kiermaier (2)
  • RBI - J. Choi 2 (29), K. Kiermaier (28)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Choi 2 (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham, J. Choi 2 (2), K. Kiermaier, J. Sucre 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Smith 2 (33)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Wendle-Lowe-Bauers)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Carrasco (L, 16-9)7.06332513.431.1310.5
A. Miller1.01000203.121.233.0
Total8.0733271---
PITCHERSIP
C. Carrasco (L, 16-9)7.0
A. Miller1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell (W, 19-5)7.01112912.030.9831.5
C. Roe (H, 26)1.00001103.771.062.5
J. Alvarado (S, 8)1.00000202.141.1011.0
Total9.01113121---
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell (W, 19-5)7.0
C. Roe (H, 26)1.0
J. Alvarado (S, 8)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Carrasco (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 101-61, A. Miller 12-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 11-5, A. Miller 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 29, A. Miller 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 104-61, C. Roe 11-6, J. Alvarado 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 7-5, C. Roe 1-0
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 24, C. Roe 3, J. Alvarado 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Ramirez homered to left13
  • 4TH INNING
    Kiermaier hit sacrifice fly to left, Lowe scored03
  • 1ST INNING
    Choi homered to center, Pham scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jose Alvarado relieved Chaz Roe
    • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Lindor struck out looking
    • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Chaz Roe relieved Blake Snell
    • Greg Allen hit for Rajai Davis
    • G. Allen: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Allen struck out looking
    • Yonder Alonso hit for Roberto Perez
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
    • Adam Rosales ran for Yonder Alonso
    • Josh Donaldson hit for Erik Gonzalez
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Donaldson grounded out to second, Rosales out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Eric Haase catching
    • Andrew Miller relieved Carlos Carrasco
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
    • J. Choi: Strike looking, Choi singled to right
    • Willy Adames hit for Brandon Lowe
    • W. Adames: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
    • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Kiermaier grounded into fielder's choice to second, Choi out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ramirez homered to left
    • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Encarnacion flied out to center
    • B. Guyer: Ball, Guyer grounded out to third
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • A. Velazquez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Velazquez struck out looking
    • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Smith grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Wendle: Strike swinging, Wendle flied out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • E. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Diaz flied out to shallow right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
    • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
    • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Kiermaier tripled to deep center
    • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bauers walked
    • J. Sucre: Sucre grounded into fielder's choice to third, Bauers out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to pitcher
    • R. Davis: Davis lined out to right
    • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • A. Velazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Velazquez singled to center
    • M. Smith: Smith reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Velazquez out at second
    • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Wendle flied out to left
    • T. Pham: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Smith stole second, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • Y. Diaz: Ball, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
    • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked
    • B. Guyer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Guyer flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Lowe tripled to deep right
    • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier hit sacrifice fly to left, Lowe scored
    • J. Bauers: Ball, Bauers grounded out to first
    • J. Sucre: Ball, Sucre grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • R. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
    • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez walked
    • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez lined out to center
    • F. Lindor: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • A. Velazquez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Velazquez grounded out to first
    • M. Smith: Smith reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Wendle: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Wendle popped out to third
    • T. Pham: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Smith stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pham walked
    • J. Choi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Smith to third, Pham to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
    • B. Guyer: Ball, Guyer grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Bauers flied out to deep right
    • J. Sucre: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Sucre grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Smith grounded out to third
    • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Wendle grounded out to second
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pham singled to shallow left
    • J. Choi: Choi homered to center, Pham scored
    • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike swinging, Lowe grounded out to first
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)