Indians scratch out 2 late runs, snap 4-game losing streak

CLEVELAND (AP) Not pretty or polished, but perfect for the Indians.

With their confidence sagging, they had to end a season-high losing streak if it meant battling, scratching or clawing their way to a win.

They did all of that.

Roberto Perez's crawling infield single scored Francisco Lindor with the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth inning as the Cleveland snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

''It was big,'' said starter Shane Bieber, who matched Cy Young winner Blake Snell for five innings. ''It was just a really good game, a really tough game and just to be able to come out on top I think is gonna prove big for us going down the stretch.''

With the bases loaded, Perez, who returned to the lineup after missing two games with a concussion, hit a slow roller off Jose Alvarado (0-4) that third baseman Daniel Robertson charged but couldn't field with his bare hand.

Alvarado then walked Jake Bauers to force in Carlos Santana, giving the Indians a 3-1 lead. Alvarado, who replaced Snell in the seventh, walked three in the eighth.

''I thought I was throwing the ball good,'' Alvarado said. ''Sometimes in this game, it's not going to go your way. I thought I threw a good pitch on ball three to Bauers, but I didn't get it. Sometimes, things go your way. Sometimes, they don't.''

A.J. Cole (2-1) struck out the side in the eighth and Brad Hand worked the ninth for his 13th save in 13 tries.

Jordan Luplow homered in the fourth off Snell for the Indians, who have been in an offensive funk for months and have been searching for something - or someone - to get them going.

Maybe it's Luplow, who's batting .333 (13 of 39) with six homers and 10 RBIs against lefties.

In the fourth, Luplow drove a high fastball out of the strike zone from Snell over the wall in right-center.

''I had no business swinging at that pitch, I'm going to be honest,'' Luplow said. ''I was just trying to be aggressive. Because when you get to two strikes with a guy like that, it's going to be a real tough at-bat. Luckily I got a hold of one.''

Other than allowing Luplow's homer, Snell had little trouble with the punchless Indians, who came in batting .222.

The left-hander gave up just four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He had issues with his command while walking three, striking out seven and throwing a season-high 104 pitches before manager Kevin Cash gave the ball to Alvarado.

''I was frustrated with a few walks and some outcomes, but for the most part, I thought I did OK,'' Snell said. ''I was upset with how I started and how I finished.''

BATTLING BIEBER

Bieber, who fanned 15 in a complete-game shutout against Baltimore on Sunday, worked his way out of one-out, two-on jams in three innings. But he threw too many pitches - 111.

''They made Bieber work so hard and fortunately for us he was up to it,'' Francona said. ''Every inning, every at-bat, he even said to me, `Man, their at-bats. They didn't chase.' But he also hung in there. I thought he really battled.''

LINEUP CHANGE?

Francona has considered moving Lindor out of the leadoff spot to shake up his club's lethargic lineup. He's also spoken to the All-Star about it.

For now, nothing will change.

''He said, `I'll hit wherever you want me to,''' Francona said. ''I think there has to be a reason that makes you better and I don't know if I could say that that would make us better. He's a great player. But then who's leading off?

''We're probably taking maybe the best leadoff hitter in baseball, man that's a pretty good thing to have. We have to find a way to lengthen our lineup. I think it's going to be more with our guys' approach and the guys we have just picking it up a little bit.''

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

Santana has drawn a walk in a career-high 10 games, the majors' longest streak. It's the longest run by a Cleveland player since Victor Martinez walked in 10 straight in 2006.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: 3B Robertson (allergic reaction) didn't start after leaving Thursday's game early. He has a nut allergy and ate sweet potatoes containing pecan. ''By the second inning, his color and skin tone changed,'' manager Kevin Cash said. ''We've seen it before, but not like this.''

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger threw a 35-pitch bullpen session and will now head to the team's year-round training complex in Arizona to continue to rehab from an upper back strain. Clevinger's quick recovery has been a huge plus for the Indians, who feared he might be out several more months.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Charlie Morton (4-0, 2.65 ERA) has a 17-start unbeaten streak, going 7-0 with a 3.21 ERA since last August 17.

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (4-4, 4.30 ERA) lost both starts against Tampa Bay last season. He leads the AL in strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.33).

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  • W: A. Cole (2-2)L: J. Alvarado (0-4)S: B. Hand (13)
  • HR: CLE - J. Luplow (6)
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T. Pham LF50100023.287.398.459.8571.0
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B. Lowe 2B40000045.280.328.530.858-2.0
W. Adames SS30000112.240.313.387.7000.5
K. Kiermaier CF40000022.235.298.431.7291.0
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  • a-grounded out for Velazquez in the 6th
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J. Kipnis 2B30100000.222.300.333.6331.0
C. Santana 1B31000111.282.408.476.8841.5
J. Luplow RF31211101.260.321.548.86910.0
J. Ramirez 3B40100014.199.299.301.6000.5
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E. Haase DH20000112.000.143.000.1430.5
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  • a-struck out for Haase in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Meadows 2 (7), T. Pham (6)
  • RBI - A. Garcia (22)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Meadows 2 (2), T. Pham, A. Garcia, B. Lowe 3 (3), W. Adames 2 (2), D. Robertson
BATTING
  • HR - J. Luplow (6)
  • SH - J. Kipnis
  • RBI - J. Luplow (11), R. Perez (15), J. Bauers (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Perez (5), J. Bauers (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Luplow, E. Haase 2 (2), M. Freeman 3 (3), L. Martin 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Garcia (4), K. Kiermaier (7)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Luplow (2)
  • CS - L. Martin (4)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Ramirez (8)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell6.24113713.071.0111.5
J. Alvarado (L, 0-4)1.02223103.151.35-8.5
H. Wood0.10000100.001.030.5
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell6.2
J. Alvarado (L, 0-4)1.0
H. Wood0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Bieber5.041141003.111.0511.0
O. Perez0.20000103.551.180.5
A. Cimber0.21000003.261.09-1.0
T. Olson0.10000003.211.570.0
A. Cole (W, 2-2)1.10000301.170.656.5
B. Hand (S, 13)1.01000201.290.8610.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Bieber5.0
O. Perez0.2
A. Cimber0.2
T. Olson0.1
A. Cole (W, 2-2)1.1
B. Hand (S, 13)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Snell (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 104-65, J. Alvarado 25-11, H. Wood 3-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 8-4, J. Alvarado 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 26, J. Alvarado 8, H. Wood
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 111-67, O. Perez 13-7, A. Cimber 12-9, T. Olson 1-1, A. Cole 15-11, B. Hand 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 2-3, O. Perez 2-0, A. Cimber 2-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 23, O. Perez 3, A. Cimber 3, T. Olson, A. Cole 4, B. Hand 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Pham LF50100023.287.398.459.8571.0
J. Choi 1B20000201.259.342.393.7352.0
A. Garcia RF30110113.281.343.513.8554.5
B. Lowe 2B40000045.280.328.530.858-2.0
W. Adames SS30000112.240.313.387.7000.5
K. Kiermaier CF40000022.235.298.431.7291.0
T. d'Arnaud C40200021.102.170.102.2721.0
A. Velazquez 3B20000022.111.111.222.333-1.0
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  • a-grounded out for Velazquez in the 6th
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J. Luplow RF31211101.260.321.548.86910.0
J. Ramirez 3B40100014.199.299.301.6000.5
R. Perez C30110121.231.325.423.7482.0
J. Bauers LF30010123.217.303.344.6471.0
E. Haase DH20000112.000.143.000.1430.5
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  • a-struck out for Haase in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Meadows 2 (7), T. Pham (6)
  • RBI - A. Garcia (22)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Meadows 2 (2), T. Pham, A. Garcia, B. Lowe 3 (3), W. Adames 2 (2), D. Robertson
BATTING
  • HR - J. Luplow (6)
  • SH - J. Kipnis
  • RBI - J. Luplow (11), R. Perez (15), J. Bauers (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Perez (5), J. Bauers (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Luplow, E. Haase 2 (2), M. Freeman 3 (3), L. Martin 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Garcia (4), K. Kiermaier (7)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Luplow (2)
  • CS - L. Martin (4)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Ramirez (8)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell6.24113713.071.0111.5
J. Alvarado (L, 0-4)1.02223103.151.35-8.5
H. Wood0.10000100.001.030.5
Total8.0633691---
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell6.2
J. Alvarado (L, 0-4)1.0
H. Wood0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Bieber5.041141003.111.0511.0
O. Perez0.20000103.551.180.5
A. Cimber0.21000003.261.09-1.0
T. Olson0.10000003.211.570.0
A. Cole (W, 2-2)1.10000301.170.656.5
B. Hand (S, 13)1.01000201.290.8610.0
Total9.06114160---
PITCHERSIP
S. Bieber5.0
O. Perez0.2
A. Cimber0.2
T. Olson0.1
A. Cole (W, 2-2)1.1
B. Hand (S, 13)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Snell (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 104-65, J. Alvarado 25-11, H. Wood 3-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 8-4, J. Alvarado 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 26, J. Alvarado 8, H. Wood
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 111-67, O. Perez 13-7, A. Cimber 12-9, T. Olson 1-1, A. Cole 15-11, B. Hand 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 2-3, O. Perez 2-0, A. Cimber 2-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 23, O. Perez 3, A. Cimber 3, T. Olson, A. Cole 4, B. Hand 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Bauers walked, Santana scored, Luplow to third, Perez to second13
    Perez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Lindor scored, Santana to third, Luplow to second12
  • 4TH INNING
    Luplow homered to right center11
  • 1ST INNING
    Garcia singled to right, Meadows scored, Choi to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Brad Hand relieved A.J. Cole
    • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, d'Arnaud singled to right
    • D. Robertson: Robertson flied out to right
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
    • T. Pham: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A. Cole Pitching:
    • B. Lowe: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Lowe struck out looking
    • W. Adames: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
    • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Alvarado Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor singled to center
    • J. Kipnis: Kipnis hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Lindor to second
    • C. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
    • J. Luplow: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Luplow walked, Lindor to third, Santana to second
    • J. Ramirez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
    • R. Perez: Perez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Lindor scored, Santana to third, Luplow to second
    • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bauers walked, Santana scored, Luplow to third, Perez to second
    • Hunter Wood relieved Jose Alvarado
    • Mike Freeman hit for Eric Haase
    • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Freeman struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Cimber Pitching:
    • A. Meadows: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Meadows doubled to deep left
    • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Pham grounded out to second, Meadows to third
    • Tyler Olson relieved Adam Cimber
    • J. Choi: Choi flied out to center
    • A.J. Cole relieved Tyler Olson
    • A. Garcia: Garcia flied out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez singled to right
    • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
    • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bauers lined out to left
    • E. Haase: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Haase walked
    • Jose Alvarado relieved Blake Snell
    • L. Martin: Martin flied out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Oliver Perez relieved Shane Bieber
    • W. Adames: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Adames safe at first on 3rd baseman Ramirez throwing error
    • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Kiermaier reached on fielder's choice to second, Adames out at second
    • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier stole second
    • Daniel Robertson hit for Andrew Velazquez
    • Adam Cimber relieved Oliver Perez
    • D. Robertson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Robertson grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lindor flied out to center
    • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Kipnis singled to left center
    • C. Santana: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
    • J. Luplow: Ball, Ball, Luplow reached on fielder's choice to third, Kipnis out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
    • J. Choi: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Choi flied out to deep left
    • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Garcia walked
    • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Garcia stole second, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
    • E. Haase: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Haase grounded out to third
    • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin walked
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Martin caught stealing second, pitcher to first to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • W. Adames: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adames walked
    • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Kiermaier reached on fielder's choice to first, Adames out at second
    • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, d'Arnaud singled to right, Kiermaier to second
    • A. Velazquez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Velazquez struck out swinging
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Santana grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Luplow homered to right center
    • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to third
    • R. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Meadows lined out to first
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pham doubled to deep right center
    • J. Choi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choi walked
    • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor flied out to deep right
    • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
    • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, d'Arnaud struck out looking
    • A. Velazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Velazquez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • J. Luplow: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Luplow singled to right
    • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez flied out to right
    • R. Perez: Strike swinging, Ball, Luplow stole second, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
    • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bauers struck out looking
    • E. Haase: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Haase struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Foul, Meadows doubled to deep right
    • T. Pham: Ball, Pham lined out to center, Meadows to third
    • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Choi walked
    • A. Garcia: Foul, Garcia singled to right, Meadows scored, Choi to second
    • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
    • W. Adames: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Adames grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Kipnis: Kipnis grounded out to first
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Santana grounded out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)