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Tribe tops Rays 7-3, Duncan homers

8:13 PM, Jul 7, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Shelley Duncan smacked a two-run homer and scored twice, while Ubaldo Jimenez fired six strong innings as the Cleveland Indians downed the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-3, in the third installment of a four-game set.

Jimenez (8-7) struck out eight and surrendered two runs on five hits and a walk in six innings for Cleveland, which has won six of its last eight games.

Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley each tallied a hit, an RBI and run scored.

Matt Moore (5-6) was charged with five runs on five hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings for the Rays, who have dropped three of their last four contests.

Luke Scott cracked a two-run shot, while B.J. Upton belted a solo blast.

The Indians struck first, scoring three runs in the second frame and two more in the third.

Brantley began the third with a double, and after Duncan walked, Lou Marson looped a double to left that just snuck past a diving Desmond Jennings, plating Brantley.

Duncan scored when Jack Hannahan grounded out and Aaron Cunningham's double pushed across Marson for a 3-0 Indians advantage.

Asdrubal Cabrera walked and Jose Lopez doubled to start the third. Cabrera came home on Brantley's groundout and Santana belted an opposite-field double off the base of the wall in right-center, scoring Lopez to stretch the Cleveland margin to 5-0.

The Rays got two runs back in the fourth when Scott hammered a two-run shot to center, cutting the deficit to 5-2.

Cleveland, though, tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth. Santana worked a leadoff walk and Duncan belted a two-run blast to center, making it 7-2.

Upton's solo shot in the ninth accounted for the final margin.

Game Notes

Tampa Bay was 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position while Cleveland finished 3-for-9...The Indians hold a 71-43 advantage all-time against Tampa Bay.

 

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