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Rays use early offense to down Indians 4-2

9:04 PM, Jul 17, 2012   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, FL -- Carlos Pena hit a two-run homer in an early Tampa Bay attack, and the Rays used a solid combined pitching performance from Matt Moore and the bullpen to defeat the Cleveland Indians, 4-2.

Luke Scott added an RBI triple -- his first since 2010 -- in the three-run first inning, and Moore (6-6) allowed two runs on three hits and five walks in five-plus laborious innings for the Rays, who improved to only 7-15 against what many view as a weak AL Central.

The AL Central has been the Rays' weak point this season, having a 21-17 record against AL East foes and a 10-3 mark against the AL West. On Tuesday, however, Moore and four others were able to hold off Cleveland.

Fernando Rodney earned his league-leading 27th save with a scoreless ninth, but it didn't come without a bit of luck, as Shelley Duncan lined a pitch right back to the mound en route to a double play after a leadoff hit batsman.

Casey Kotchman kept the game alive for Cleveland with a single through the middle, but pinch-hitter Travis Hafner flied out weakly to right to end the game.

Jose Lopez and Jason Kipnis drove in a run apiece for the Indians, who lost for the third time in four games after Josh Tomlin's shaky start. Tomlin (5-6) yielded four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, the sixth time in nine starts he's allowed at least four runs.

 

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