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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 20, 2017

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Game #89: Cleveland Indians (45-43) at Tampa Bay Rays (46-43)

By Mike Brandyberry

Sunday afternoon the Indians were unable to get a timely hit and lost 3-0 to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays scored all three of their runs in the third inning, all started by a throwing error from Carlos Santana. The Tribe had several chances to get back in the ballgame, but were unable to get a hit with runners on base. The Indians were 0-for-10 with runners on base for the afternoon.

The loss was a crucial one in the standings as the Indians slipped four games behind the Chicago White Sox and into third place, a half-game behind the Detroit Tigers. The Indians are still only one game out of the final wild card spot, but now find Tampa, Detroit and Oakland each a half-game ahead of the Tribe for the same wild card spot. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, today is the first day in American League history that 11 teams are above .500.

Zach McAllister (3-1, 3.40 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians this evening in the series opener of a four game series against the Rays. McAllister has filled the spot in the rotation vacated by Jeanmar Gomez quite nicely since his recall from Triple-A Columbus. This will be his first start of the second half of the season. His last start was July 8, against the Rays, pitching five and two-third innings and receiving a no decision. He had only allowed one hit over five innings and led 5-0, before allowing four unearned runs in the sixth and not escaping the inning.

The Rays have lost two of three just like the Tribe out of the All-Star break and will send Alex Cobb (4-5, 4.89 ERA) to try and keep them in the wild card race. Cobb allowed three runs over six innings in his last start on July 6 against the Tribe, en route to a 10-3 win for Tampa. Prior to his last start Cobb had been 1-5, with a 5.77 ERA in his previous six outings.

Game action will begin at 7:10 ET from Tampa and can be seen on SportsTime Ohio with Rick Manning and Matt Underwood. The Tribe can also be heard on the Indians Radio Network, with Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus.

Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup
1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Jason Kipnis, 2B
4. Michael Brantley, CF
5. Jose Lopez, 3B
6. Travis Hafner, DH
7. Carlos Santana, C
8. Casey Kotchman, 1B
9. Johnny Damon, LF

Tampa Bay Rays Starting Lineup
1. Will Rhymes, 2B
2. Carlos Pena, 1B
3. Ben Zobrist, RF
4. B.J. Upton, CF
5. Luke Scott, DH
6. Jeff Keppinger, 3B
7. Desmond Jennings, LF
8. Jose Molina, C
9. Elliot Johnson, SS

Photo: Tony Dejak/AP Photo