TAMPA BAY, Florida — It was a long and grueling duel between the Indians and Rays Monday night, but the Tribe had just enough man power to squeeze by in the 3 – 2 victory.
Indians Starter Zach McAllister had one of his best outings of the year. McAllister pitched 6 innings, with 5 strikeouts, giving up 3 hits and 1 run to get his 4th win of the season. His opposition, Alex Cobb, didn’t fare so well in his 3.1 innings pitched, giving up 5 hits and 3 runs.
Indians lead-off man Shin-Soo Choo bounced back from his poor series against Toronto by fueling the Cleveland offense against Tampa Bay. Choo went 2 for 4 with and RBI, scored 2 runs and stole his 10th base of the season. A swing by Choo in the first inning was initially ruled as a home-run, but after a replay review, the home-run was taken away and Choo was sent to second base. He would eventually score the first run of the game off pitched that passed Rays catcher Jose Molina.
Despite a home-run given up by Esmil Rogers in the seventh and a tough jam for Pestano in the eighth, the Indians relievers were able to finish off the Rays. With a 3 – 2 lead, 2 outs and runners of first and third, Pestano struck out Brooks Conrad to get out the inning. Pestano had 3 strikeouts and allowed 2 hits in 1.1 innings. Chris Perez had 2 strikeouts in a 1-2-3 9th inning and got his 26th save of the year.
The four game series continues Tuesday night at 7:10 in Tampa Bay. Josh Tomlin (5-5) will start for the Indians and Matt Moore (5-6) will start for the Rays.
Fox 8 intern Gabriel Kramer contributed to this report.