Win Streak Ends As Tribe Blanks Rays


ST. PETERSBURG (620 WDAE) -- The Tampa Bay Rays saw their franchise-record 12 game home winning streak come to an end as Shane Bieber and two relievers combined to throw a three-hit shutout, and home runs from Yan Gomes and Edwin Encarnacion were enough for Cleveland to pull out a 2-0 win Tuesday at Tropicana Field, officially eliminating Tampa Bay from the American League East division race.

Biever and Rays starter Tyler Glasnow matched shutout innings through the first four frames, but Gomes broke open the scoring in the top of the fifth, taking a hanging breaking ball from the Tampa Bay right-hander and sending it over the fence in straightaway center field  for his 14th home run of the season.


An inning later, Encarnacion gt a 95 MPH fastball up in the zone and turned on it, sending it an estimated 422 feet away in straightaway left field, giving him 30 home runs for seventh straight season.


Glasnow (1-6) worked through the seventh, but was saddled with his third loss since coming over to Tampa Bay at the non-waiver trade deadline.

Tampa Bay's best opportunity came in the bottom of the seventh, as Bieber (10-3) allowed a leadoff double to Joey Wendle and a two-out walk to Jake Bauers.  Terry Francona then brought in closer Brad Hand, who walked pinch-hitter Matt Duffy on four pitches to load the bases and fell behind Mallex Smith 3-0 before getting him to pop out to shortstop on a full count to leave the bases full.

The loss is Tampa Bay's first at Tropicana Field since August 8.

Wednesday's Matchup

Tampa Bay Rays (79-65) vs. Cleveland Indians (82-63), 1:10 p.m. first pitch, with coverage on WDAE starting at 12:00 with The Inside Pitch presented by Crown Eurocars.

Rays starter - LHP Blake Snell (18-5, 2.06 ERA)

Indians starter - RHP Carlos Carrasco (16-8, 4.31 ERA)


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