Dickerson's homer lifts Rays to 4-1 win over Indians

By AP,
Last Updated: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Corey Dickerson finally delivered a big hit for the Tampa Bay Rays with men on base.

Dickerson's broke out of an 0-for-21 slump with a three-run homer in the eighth inning that carried the Rays to a 4-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night. Tampa Bay had scored only four runs in its previous five games.

``It's been a pretty tough couple of weeks for the whole team, not just me,'' Dickerson said. ``I was just trying not to miss my pitch and not to think too much. When you're struggling you tend to think too much and change stuff.''

Dickerson's two-out blast off Nick Goody (1-2), his 22nd, came after Adeiny Hechavarria singled and Jesus Sucre was hit by a pitch.

Tommy Hunter (2-2) worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Blake Snell to get the win. Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his 34th save in 39 opportunities.

Francisco Lindor opened the game with a double and scored on Jose Ramirez's single. It was the only run for the AL Central-leading Indians off Snell, who gave up four hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings.

``When we had opportunities, which were few, you have to cash in, and we didn't,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Snell (0-6, 4.69 ERA) made his 15th start, the most of any winless pitcher in the majors this season.

``We had a chance to win the game simply because of Blake Snell's performance,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ``He was outstanding. A couple walks here and there, but as far as commanding the baseball (and) making big pitches when he had to, it was a huge step in the right direction.''

Logan Morrison drove in Tampa Bay's first run with a single in the fifth.

Cleveland starter Danny Salazar pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up one run on seven hits and four walks while striking out eight.

BRUCE'S DEBUT

The series opener in Tampa Bay was the first game in a Cleveland uniform for Jay Bruce, a three-time NL All-Star who was acquired in a trade with the New York Mets on Wednesday night.

Bruce made it to the stadium an hour before the first pitch. He entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh and popped up on the first pitch he saw.

``It was an opportunity for me to help out,'' Bruce said, ``but I didn't get the job done tonight.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: 2B Jason Kipnis left the game with a tight right hamstring after leading off the second with a double. ... OF Lonnie Chisenhall (right calf strain) will run Saturday and might be taken off the disabled list as early as Sunday.

Rays: Cash said RHP Jake Odorizzi should be fine for his next start after taking a line drive off his right foot Wednesday against the Red Sox. Odorizzi left the game with a bruise. ... 1B Lucas Duda (bruised thumb) was back in the lineup at DH after being scratched Wednesday.

UP NEXT

RHP Carlos Carrasco (10-5) will attempt to get his first win since July 7 for the Indians against rookie RHP Jake Faria (5-2), who has nine quality starts among his 11 starts for the Rays.