Rays beat Indians 4-0 in matchup of playoff contenders

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Austin Pruitt helped a taxed Tampa Bay bullpen, and the Rays beat Cleveland's 12-game winner Shane Bieber in his first start in two years.

Pruitt and three relievers combined on a five-hitter, Jesus Aguilar had a three-run homer during a four-run seventh inning and the Rays beat the Indians 4-0 in a matchup of playoff contenders Friday night.

''I was very pleased,'' Pruitt said. ''They're going after one of the spots that we're trying to get.''

Pruitt allowed four hits and struck out six over 5 1/3 innings in his first start since Aug, 28, 2017. Oliver Drake (3-1) gave up one hit in 1 2/3 innings before Colin Poche and Andrew Kittredge each worked an inning.

''He was outstanding for us,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said of Pruitt. ''Austin had everything going.''

Austin Meadows singled off Bieber (12-7) leading off the seventh and went to third on a base hit by Travis d'Arnaud. One out later, Avisail Garcia hit an RBI single that ended Bieber's night. Aguilar made it 4-0 with his three-run blast off Adam Cimber.

''It was a great feeling,'' Aguilar said. ''I think this is the most important series of the year. We've got to show what we've got.''

Tampa Bay stayed one game behind Oakland in the race for the second AL wild card. The Athletics beat the AL East-leading New York Yankees 8-2.

The Indians had their lead over the Athletics drop to a half-game for the first AL wild card, and trailed AL Central-leading Minnesota by 4 1/2 games.

The Twins beat Detroit 13-5.

Bieber gave up three runs and six hits, and struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings.

''I thought he pitched his heart out and it's a shame he ended up getting the loss because he pitched great,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Cleveland left fielder Tyler Naquin left with a sprained right knee after running full speed into the low wall in the corner after making an outstanding catch to take away a potential two-run, two-out homer by Joey Wendle in the fifth.

''It's a frustrating game all-around tonight for all of us, but I'm just thinking about him and getting him back as soon as possible,'' said Bieber, the All-Star Game MVP.

Naquin was scheduled to undergo an MRI late Friday night.

''Obviously it didn't look good and we're very concerned, but we'll wait until we get the results,'' Francona said.

Aguilar also made a stellar play at first base, diving to the right to grab Yu Chang's two-out grounder with runners on second and third in the third.

STORM WATCH

Hurricane Dorian is not expected to affect the three-game series, but Sunday's series finale may be moved up an hour to 12:10 p.m.

IN MEMORY

There was a moment of silence before game for original Rays owner Vince Naimoli and the family of Tampa Bay Double-A pitcher Blake Bivens. Naimoli died last Sunday. Bivens' wife, 1-year-old son and mother-in-law were slain Tuesday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco, who hasn't pitched in the majors since late May when he was diagnosed with leukemia, rejoined the team and will be reinstated from the 60-day injured list Sunday. ... RHP Dan Otero (right shoulder inflammation) will also return Sunday.

Rays: AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell (left elbow bone chip surgery) threw 15 fastballs in his first bullpen session and is ''very confident'' of returning before the season ends. ... CF Kevin Kiermaier (bruised left ribs) missed his fifth straight game. ... RHP Tyler Glasnow, 6-1 before being sidelined in mid-May by a right forearm strain, walked one in a hitless inning during his first rehab start with Triple-A Durham.

UP NEXT

Indians RHP Zach Plesac (7-4) will start Saturday. Rays LHP Jalen Beeks (5-3) is expected to start or follow an opener.

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  • W: O. Drake (3-1)L: S. Bieber (12-7)
  • HR: TB - J. Aguilar (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS40000001.298.350.532.8820.0
O. Mercado CF40100000.271.316.429.7441.0
C. Santana 1B30100101.291.412.540.9522.0
Y. Puig RF40000023.254.310.464.773-1.0
J. Kipnis 2B40000010.249.310.419.729-0.5
F. Reyes DH30100010.244.305.518.8230.5
R. Perez C30100011.222.310.448.7580.5
T. Naquin LF20100010.288.325.467.7921.5
G. Allen LF10000001.227.288.365.6530.0
Y. Chang 3B20000112.235.316.353.6690.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    E. Sogard 2B30100101.300.364.478.8422.0
    T. Pham LF40000024.270.370.454.824-1.0
    A. Meadows RF41100001.276.344.526.8702.0
    T. d'Arnaud C41100010.253.319.444.7631.5
    J. Choi DH40100032.259.358.418.775-0.5
    A. Garcia CF31110021.273.328.443.7712.0
    J. Wendle 3B30000013.206.267.303.571-0.5
    J. Aguilar 1B31131010.238.327.383.7107.5
    W. Adames SS30200010.252.313.411.7252.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Naquin (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Puig 2 (2), G. Allen, Y. Chang 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Adames (20)
      • HR - J. Aguilar (10)
      • RBI - A. Garcia (58), J. Aguilar 3 (43)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Aguilar 3 (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham 3 (3), J. Wendle
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - E. Sogard (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Wendle-Sogard-Aguilar; Adames-Aguilar)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Bieber (L, 12-7)6.16330903.271.0111.5
      A. Cimber0.22111114.091.28-3.5
      N. Wittgren1.00000102.821.003.5
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Bieber (L, 12-7)6.1
      A. Cimber0.2
      N. Wittgren1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Pruitt5.14000604.781.2714.0
      O. Drake (W, 3-1)1.21000103.761.209.5
      C. Poche1.00001004.990.962.0
      A. Kittredge1.00001004.341.392.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Pruitt5.1
      O. Drake (W, 3-1)1.2
      C. Poche1.0
      A. Kittredge1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - A. Cimber (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 109-75, A. Cimber 14-10, N. Wittgren 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 4-5, A. Cimber 1-0, N. Wittgren 2-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 24, A. Cimber 5, N. Wittgren 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Pruitt 77-52, O. Drake 29-20, C. Poche 15-8, A. Kittredge 13-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Pruitt 4-6, O. Drake 2-2, C. Poche 1-1, A. Kittredge 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Pruitt 20, O. Drake 6, C. Poche 3, A. Kittredge 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS40000001.298.350.532.8820.0
      O. Mercado CF40100000.271.316.429.7441.0
      C. Santana 1B30100101.291.412.540.9522.0
      Y. Puig RF40000023.254.310.464.773-1.0
      J. Kipnis 2B40000010.249.310.419.729-0.5
      F. Reyes DH30100010.244.305.518.8230.5
      R. Perez C30100011.222.310.448.7580.5
      T. Naquin LF20100010.288.325.467.7921.5
      G. Allen LF10000001.227.288.365.6530.0
      Y. Chang 3B20000112.235.316.353.6690.5
      Total300500279-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        E. Sogard 2B30100101.300.364.478.8422.0
        T. Pham LF40000024.270.370.454.824-1.0
        A. Meadows RF41100001.276.344.526.8702.0
        T. d'Arnaud C41100010.253.319.444.7631.5
        J. Choi DH40100032.259.358.418.775-0.5
        A. Garcia CF31110021.273.328.443.7712.0
        J. Wendle 3B30000013.206.267.303.571-0.5
        J. Aguilar 1B31131010.238.327.383.7107.5
        W. Adames SS30200010.252.313.411.7252.5
        Total31484111112-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Naquin (19)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Puig 2 (2), G. Allen, Y. Chang 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Adames (20)
          • HR - J. Aguilar (10)
          • RBI - A. Garcia (58), J. Aguilar 3 (43)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Aguilar 3 (11)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham 3 (3), J. Wendle
          BASERUNNING
          • Picked Off - E. Sogard (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Wendle-Sogard-Aguilar; Adames-Aguilar)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Bieber (L, 12-7)6.16330903.271.0111.5
          A. Cimber0.22111114.091.28-3.5
          N. Wittgren1.00000102.821.003.5
          Total8.08441111---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Bieber (L, 12-7)6.1
          A. Cimber0.2
          N. Wittgren1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Pruitt5.14000604.781.2714.0
          O. Drake (W, 3-1)1.21000103.761.209.5
          C. Poche1.00001004.990.962.0
          A. Kittredge1.00001004.341.392.0
          Total9.0500270---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Pruitt5.1
          O. Drake (W, 3-1)1.2
          C. Poche1.0
          A. Kittredge1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - A. Cimber (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 109-75, A. Cimber 14-10, N. Wittgren 10-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 4-5, A. Cimber 1-0, N. Wittgren 2-0
          • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 24, A. Cimber 5, N. Wittgren 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Pruitt 77-52, O. Drake 29-20, C. Poche 15-8, A. Kittredge 13-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Pruitt 4-6, O. Drake 2-2, C. Poche 1-1, A. Kittredge 1-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Pruitt 20, O. Drake 6, C. Poche 3, A. Kittredge 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Aguilar homered to left, d'Arnaud and Garcia scored04
            Garcia singled to left, Meadows scored, d'Arnaud to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Andrew Kittredge relieved Colin Poche
            • Ca. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
            • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Puig grounded into double play shortstop to first, Santana out at second
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis flied out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Colin Poche relieved Oliver Drake
            • Y. Chang: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chang walked
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Lindor grounded into double play third to second to first, Chang out at second
            • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mercado flied out to center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Nick Wittgren relieved Adam Cimber
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Meadows grounded out to second
            • T. d'Arnaud: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, d'Arnaud grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Choi: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • O. Drake Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to first
            • F. Reyes: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Reyes reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • G. Allen: Ball, Allen grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Meadows singled to right
            • T. d'Arnaud: d'Arnaud singled to center, Meadows to third
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Garcia singled to left, Meadows scored, d'Arnaud to second
            • Adam Cimber relieved Shane Bieber
            • J. Wendle: Wendle grounded out to pitcher, d'Arnaud to third, Garcia to second
            • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike swinging, Aguilar homered to left, d'Arnaud and Garcia scored
            • W. Adames: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Adames doubled to right
            • E. Sogard: Sogard intentionally walked
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Pruitt Pitching:
            • O. Mercado: Mercado flied out to left
            • Oliver Drake relieved Austin Pruitt
            • Ca. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Santana fouled out to right
            • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Puig flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Greg Allen in left field
            • J. Aguilar: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Aguilar grounded out to second
            • W. Adames: Ball, Strike swinging, Adames singled to left
            • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Sogard flied out to left
            • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pham fouled out to first
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Pruitt Pitching:
            • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
            • Y. Chang: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Chang struck out swinging
            • F. Lindor: Lindor popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud struck out swinging
            • J. Choi: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Choi singled to left center
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wendle fouled out to left
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Pruitt Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kipnis flied out to left
            • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Reyes lined out to center
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Perez flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Sogard grounded out to third
            • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Pham grounded out to third
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Meadows lined out to center
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Pruitt Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Lindor grounded out to pitcher
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Mercado singled to center
            • Ca. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Santana reached on fielder's choice to second, Mercado out at second
            • Y. Puig: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Wendle struck out looking
            • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
            • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Pruitt Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Perez singled to right
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Naquin doubled to deep right, Perez to third
            • Y. Chang: Foul, Chang grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • T. d'Arnaud: d'Arnaud grounded out to third
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Pruitt Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Lindor grounded bunt out to catcher
            • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mercado flied out to right
            • Ca. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Santana singled to shallow right center
            • Y. Puig: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Puig struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Sogard singled to center
            • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
            • A. Meadows: Meadows popped out to shortstop
            • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Sogard picked off at first, pitcher to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)