TAMPA BAY, Florida — Indians starter Josh Tomlin continued his first inning fiascos Tuesday night in the Tribe’s 4 – 2 loss against the Rays.
In the first, Tomlin gave up 3 runs, including a 2-run home-run to Carlos Pena. Tomlin and the rest of the Cleveland bullpen settled down for the rest of the game, but it wasn’t enough for a comeback. Tomlin went 5.2 innings, gave up 4 total runs and 7 hits. He was tagged with the loss and is now 5-6 on the year.
In routine fashion, the Indians struggled with runners in scoring position. The team left 7 runners on base and combined for 1-5 with RISP. The one came from a Jason Kipnis single in the fifth inning to score Lou Marson. Kipnis went 1-3 on the night.
The Indians gave Rays starter Matt Moore a small scare in his 5 innings pitched, putting up 2 runs against the lefty, but the bullpen cut off all the excitement. The four Tampa Bay relievers combined for 4 strikeouts and only closer Fernando Rodney gave up a hit. Rodney got his 27th save of the season, which passed Cleveland’s Chris Perez and Baltimore’s Jim Johnson for the American League lead.
The Indians will try to regain the series lead Wednesday night at 7:10. Jeremy Hellickson (4-6) will start for the home team Rays and Justin Masterson (6-8) will start for Cleveland.
Fox 8 intern Gabriel Kramer contributed to this report.