Meadows goes 4 for 4 with leadoff HR, Rays top Indians 6-3

CLEVELAND (AP) Austin Meadows made sure the Tampa Bay Rays kept flying high Sunday.

Meadows led off the game with a home run and was 4 for 4 with three RBIs, leading the Rays over the reeling Cleveland Indians 6-3.

Tampa Bay (31-19) is a season-high 12 games over .500 after taking three of four in the series.

''Being able to set the tone early with the home run first inning was big,'' Meadows said. ''That's kind of what we have been doing all year is getting runs on the board early. We feel good.''

The Indians (26-26) fell to .500 for the first time since April 4, when they were 3-3, and trail Minnesota by 10 games in the AL Central. Cleveland has dropped six of seven and finished 4-7 on its longest homestand of the season.

The Indians are struggling in several areas. Their offense is near the bottom in numerous categories in the AL, and the rotation - thought to be the team's strength - has been hampered by injuries and subpar performances.

Manager Terry Francona believes there's only one solution to his team's problems.

''Quitting is not an option, man,'' he said. ''You have to keep playing. ... Nobody likes to lose. Guys don't like making outs, guys don't like giving up hits, but you have to play through that. I think that kind of can define who you are at the end of the season is how you fight through frustration.''

Cleveland scored twice in the ninth to cut into a 6-1 lead, but Jose Alvarado struck out Oscar Mercado and retired Carlos Santana on a ground ball with two on for his sixth save.

Jalen Beeks (4-0), who took over after Ryne Stanek recorded the first five outs, gave up two hits in 4 2/3 scoreless innings.

Trevor Bauer (4-4) allowed four runs in six innings and hasn't won since April 30.

Meadows got the Rays off to a fast start by driving a 3-1 pitch to center for his 10th homer of the season.

Meadows was hit on the right knee by Bauer's pitch in the fifth but remained in the game and had an RBI single in the seventh. He was credited with an RBI ground-rule double in the ninth when the ball boy seated down the right field line picked up his base hit over first.

Mercado hit his first major league home run in the seventh. The rookie outfielder returned after being out Friday and Saturday. Mercado bruised his right hip after colliding with Leonys Martin while diving for a fly ball Thursday.

Tommy Pham's RBI single and Ji-Man Choi's sacrifice fly added two runs in the third. Pham has a hit in 12 straight games, the longest active streak in the AL.

Rain began falling steadily in the third inning and continued throughout the game.

PUPROSE PITCH?

After his first-inning homer, Meadows scored on Pham's hit in the third and made contact with catcher Kevin Plawecki's glove with his foot as he slid. Meadows said the inside pitch may have been in response to the slide.

''He got me pretty good on the knee, kind of squared me up actually 95 (mph) on the knee,'' he said. ''That's part of the game, but luckily I'm OK.''

TOUGH STRETCH

Bauer has given up 15 earned runs, including four homers over 17 innings in his last three starts. He said he's been dealing with issues in his delivery, but thought he showed positive signs Sunday.

''It was just nice to feel like myself physically again,'' he said. ''Feel free with no restrictions and stuff. I'm happy with it. With that part of it. Obviously not happy with the team loss.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: RHP Tyler Glasnow (sore forearm) was moved to the 60-day injured list to make room for RHP Oliver Drake on the 40-man roster. Glasnow has been out since May 11. Drake's contract was selected from Triple-A Durham. RHP Casey Sadler was optioned to Durham.

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (strained muscle in upper back) will throw to hitters in Arizona on Monday.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Yonny Chirinos will serve as Tampa Bay's ''opener'' for Monday's home game against Toronto.

Indians: RHP Jefry Rodriguez (1-4, 4.08 ERA) will start against Boston at Fenway Park in the opener of a three-game series on Monday.

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  • W: J. Beeks (4-0)L: T. Bauer (4-4)S: J. Alvarado (6)
  • HR: TB - A. Meadows (10), CLE - O. Mercado (1)
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A. Garcia RF30000111.280.342.500.8422.5
B. Lowe 2B40000023.281.330.544.874-1.0
W. Adames SS40100010.242.312.389.7011.5
K. Kiermaier CF42200011.242.301.435.7368.5
E. Kratz C40000022.111.184.222.406-1.0
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    O. Mercado LF41211013.296.387.519.9067.5
    C. Santana 1B50100015.285.405.492.8960.5
    J. Kipnis DH40100012.216.291.321.6110.5
    J. Ramirez 3B30000122.197.297.295.5930.0
    M. Freeman 2B31000111.200.390.233.6241.5
    J. Luplow RF41100021.247.303.506.8101.0
    L. Martin CF40200000.233.311.369.6812.0
    K. Plawecki C40010003.140.234.281.5151.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Meadows (8), W. Adames (9), K. Kiermaier (8), D. Robertson (6)
      • HR - A. Meadows (10)
      • SF - J. Choi (3)
      • RBI - A. Meadows 3 (27), T. Pham (25), J. Choi (17)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Meadows (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Choi 2 (2), B. Lowe 3 (3), E. Kratz
      BATTING
      • HR - O. Mercado
      • RBI - F. Lindor (16), O. Mercado (4), K. Plawecki (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Santana 4 (4), J. Kipnis 2 (2), J. Ramirez 2 (2), J. Luplow
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Meadows (5), A. Garcia (6), K. Kiermaier 2 (9)
      FIELDING
      • PB - E. Kratz (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Lindor-Freeman-Santana)
      • E - L. Martin, K. Plawecki
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Stanek1.22000303.181.062.5
      J. Beeks (W, 4-0)4.22003302.831.2815.5
      O. Drake1.21110215.400.00-
      A. Kolarek0.13221004.241.41-6.0
      J. Alvarado (S, 6)0.20000103.051.317.5
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Stanek1.2
      J. Beeks (W, 4-0)4.2
      O. Drake1.2
      A. Kolarek0.1
      J. Alvarado (S, 6)0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Bauer (L, 4-4)6.05441814.111.167.0
      N. Wittgren1.02110101.450.750.5
      T. Clippard1.00000103.180.713.5
      T. Olson1.02111103.601.67-0.5
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Bauer (L, 4-4)6.0
      N. Wittgren1.0
      T. Clippard1.0
      T. Olson1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Beeks (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 27-21, J. Beeks 91-49, O. Drake 23-15, A. Kolarek 15-8, J. Alvarado 7-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 1-1, J. Beeks 4-7, O. Drake 1-1, A. Kolarek 1-0, J. Alvarado 1-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 7, J. Beeks 20, O. Drake 5, A. Kolarek 5, J. Alvarado 2
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Bauer (3)
      • IBB - T. Olson (2)
      • HBP - T. Bauer 2 (9)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 109-68, N. Wittgren 18-12, T. Clippard 8-7, T. Olson 17-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 5-5, N. Wittgren 1-0, T. Clippard 1-1, T. Olson 2-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 26, N. Wittgren 4, T. Clippard 3, T. Olson 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      T. Pham LF40110122.289.398.468.8672.0
      J. Choi 1B40010023.257.333.403.7360.0
      A. Garcia RF30000111.280.342.500.8422.5
      B. Lowe 2B40000023.281.330.544.874-1.0
      W. Adames SS40100010.242.312.389.7011.5
      K. Kiermaier CF42200011.242.301.435.7368.5
      E. Kratz C40000022.111.184.222.406-1.0
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        F. Lindor SS30110210.279.342.473.8153.5
        O. Mercado LF41211013.296.387.519.9067.5
        C. Santana 1B50100015.285.405.492.8960.5
        J. Kipnis DH40100012.216.291.321.6110.5
        J. Ramirez 3B30000122.197.297.295.5930.0
        M. Freeman 2B31000111.200.390.233.6241.5
        J. Luplow RF41100021.247.303.506.8101.0
        L. Martin CF40200000.233.311.369.6812.0
        K. Plawecki C40010003.140.234.281.5151.0
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        T. Olson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Meadows (8), W. Adames (9), K. Kiermaier (8), D. Robertson (6)
          • HR - A. Meadows (10)
          • SF - J. Choi (3)
          • RBI - A. Meadows 3 (27), T. Pham (25), J. Choi (17)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Meadows (9)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Choi 2 (2), B. Lowe 3 (3), E. Kratz
          BATTING
          • HR - O. Mercado
          • RBI - F. Lindor (16), O. Mercado (4), K. Plawecki (2)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Santana 4 (4), J. Kipnis 2 (2), J. Ramirez 2 (2), J. Luplow
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Meadows (5), A. Garcia (6), K. Kiermaier 2 (9)
          FIELDING
          • PB - E. Kratz (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Lindor-Freeman-Santana)
          • E - L. Martin, K. Plawecki
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Stanek1.22000303.181.062.5
          J. Beeks (W, 4-0)4.22003302.831.2815.5
          O. Drake1.21110215.400.00-
          A. Kolarek0.13221004.241.41-6.0
          J. Alvarado (S, 6)0.20000103.051.317.5
          Total9.0833491---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Stanek1.2
          J. Beeks (W, 4-0)4.2
          O. Drake1.2
          A. Kolarek0.1
          J. Alvarado (S, 6)0.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Bauer (L, 4-4)6.05441814.111.167.0
          N. Wittgren1.02110101.450.750.5
          T. Clippard1.00000103.180.713.5
          T. Olson1.02111103.601.67-0.5
          Total9.09662111---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Bauer (L, 4-4)6.0
          N. Wittgren1.0
          T. Clippard1.0
          T. Olson1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Beeks (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 27-21, J. Beeks 91-49, O. Drake 23-15, A. Kolarek 15-8, J. Alvarado 7-5
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 1-1, J. Beeks 4-7, O. Drake 1-1, A. Kolarek 1-0, J. Alvarado 1-0
          • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 7, J. Beeks 20, O. Drake 5, A. Kolarek 5, J. Alvarado 2
          PITCHING
          • WP - T. Bauer (3)
          • IBB - T. Olson (2)
          • HBP - T. Bauer 2 (9)
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 109-68, N. Wittgren 18-12, T. Clippard 8-7, T. Olson 17-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 5-5, N. Wittgren 1-0, T. Clippard 1-1, T. Olson 2-0
          • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 26, N. Wittgren 4, T. Clippard 3, T. Olson 6
          • 9TH INNING
            Lindor singled to left, Luplow scored, Martin to third63
            Plawecki grounded out to first, Freeman scored, Luplow to third, Martin to second62
            Meadows doubled to right, Kiermaier scored61
          • 8TH INNING
            Mercado homered to left center51
          • 7TH INNING
            Meadows singled to center, Robertson scored50
          • 4TH INNING
            Kiermaier scored on catcher Plawecki throwing error40
          • 3RD INNING
            Choi hit sacrifice fly to center, Meadows scored, Pham to third on center fielder Martin throwing error30
            Pham singled to left, Robertson scored, Meadows to third, Pham to second20
          • 1ST INNING
            Meadows homered to center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Tyler Olson relieved Tyler Clippard
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kiermaier singled to center
            • E. Kratz: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kratz struck out swinging, Kiermaier stole second
            • D. Robertson: Strike swinging, Robertson grounded out to shortstop, Kiermaier to third
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Meadows doubled to right, Kiermaier scored
            • T. Pham: Pham intentionally walked
            • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Choi grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Adam Kolarek relieved Oliver Drake
            • M. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
            • J. Luplow: Ball, Strike looking, Luplow reached on an infield single to shortstop, Freeman to second
            • L. Martin: Martin reached on bunt single to pitcher, Freeman to third, Luplow to second
            • K. Plawecki: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Plawecki grounded out to first, Freeman scored, Luplow to third, Martin to second
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Lindor singled to left, Luplow scored, Martin to third
            • Jose Alvarado relieved Adam Kolarek
            • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mercado struck out swinging
            • Ca. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Santana reached on fielder's choice to second, Lindor out at second
            • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Tyler Clippard relieved Nick Wittgren
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
            • B. Lowe: Lowe grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Ball, Adames flied out to right
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • O. Drake Pitching:
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Mercado homered to left center
            • Ca. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to second
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Nick Wittgren relieved Trevor Bauer
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Robertson doubled to right
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Meadows singled to center, Robertson scored
            • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pham grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Meadows out at second
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Foul, Ball, Martin singled to right
            • K. Plawecki: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Plawecki grounded out to third, Martin to second
            • Oliver Drake relieved Jalen Beeks
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Strike swinging, Martin to third on passed ball, Ball, Martin out at home, Martin out at home, Lindor lined out to left
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • W. Adames: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Adames grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • E. Kratz: Strike looking, Ball, Kratz grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Freeman lined out to center
            • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Luplow lined out to first
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Meadows hit by pitch
            • T. Pham: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Meadows stole second, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
            • J. Choi: Ball, Foul, Choi flied out to left
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Meadows to third on wild pitch, Ball, Garcia walked
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Garcia stole second, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin flied out to center
            • K. Plawecki: Ball, Ball, Foul, Plawecki grounded out to third
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Ball, Mercado hit by pitch, Lindor to second
            • Ca. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Santana grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • W. Adames: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kiermaier doubled to right
            • E. Kratz: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kiermaier stole third, Kiermaier scored on catcher Plawecki throwing error, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kratz grounded out to second
            • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Robertson grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez popped out to third
            • M. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
            • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Luplow struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Robertson hit by pitch
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Meadows singled to left, Robertson to second
            • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pham singled to left, Robertson scored, Meadows to third, Pham to second
            • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Choi hit sacrifice fly to center, Meadows scored, Pham to third on center fielder Martin throwing error
            • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Garcia reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Pham out at home, Garcia to second
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Lowe flied out to left
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Plawecki lined out to right
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked
            • O. Mercado: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Mercado popped out to shortstop
            • Ca. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Santana singled to right, Lindor to third
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis flied out to center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
            • W. Adames: Adames doubled to deep left
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Kiermaier popped out to shortstop
            • E. Kratz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Kratz struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Stanek Pitching:
            • M. Freeman: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Freeman grounded out to second
            • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Luplow struck out looking
            • Jalen Beeks relieved Ryne Stanek
            • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Martin grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Meadows homered to center
            • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Choi struck out looking
            • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Garcia popped out to first
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Stanek Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • O. Mercado: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Mercado singled to right
            • Ca. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Santana fouled out to third
            • J. Kipnis: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Kipnis reached on bunt single to third, Mercado to second
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)