A pitchers' duel between Tyler Glasnow and Corey Kluber went the way of the Cleveland Indians, as Edwin Encarnacion's solo home run proved to be the difference, as the Tampa Bay Rays were held to two hits in a 3-0 loss Friday at Progressive Field.
Tampa Bay had two chances early to get on the scoreboard off Kluber. In the first, the Indians' ace gave up a leadoff single to Joey Wendle and walked Matt Duffy on four pitches, but then struck out Ji-Man Choi and got Tommy Pham to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to end the threat.
In the fourth Tampa Bay got a one-out walk to Choi and a base hit by Pham, but Jake Bauers struck out looking and C.J. Cron flew out to end the inning.
Pham's single was the last hit by the Rays Friday.
Meanwhile, Glasnow faced the minimum into the fifth, allowing a walk to Yonder Alonso in the second but getting Melky Cabrera to ground into a double play on the next pitch. Cabrera would end the no-hit bid with two out in the fifth.
The game remained scoreless until the seventh, when Encarnacion got a hold of a 83 MPH curveball down in the zone and sent out to center field for his 29th home run of the season and a 1-0 lead.
Cleveland added on against Ryne Stanek in the eighth, as Greg Allen singled with two out and Francisco Lindor drew a walk after Allen stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. A second wild pitch allowed Allen to scored, and Michael Brantley singled in Lindor to set the score at 3-0.
Tampa Bay Rays (71-63) at Cleveland Indians (77-57), 7:10 p.m. first pitch, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 6:00 with The Inside Pitch presented by Crown Eurocars.
Rays starter - LHP Blake Snell (16-5, 2.05 ERA)
Indians starter - RHP Shane Bieber (8-2, 4.52 ERA)