7th Inning Explosion Powers Tribe to Win
Justin Masterson has a very difficult time pitching in the Tampa Bay Rays indoor ballpark. Call it the “Trop” or whatever you want, but the place does not agree with the big righty.
On Wednesday night, Masterson gave up a pair of runs in both the second and third innings and lasted only four and a third innings, allowing seven hits and four earned runs, but the Indians offense exploded late in the game for a 10-6 victory.
The Indians bounced back in the fifth inning, scoring three times to bring the team back into the game. Jack Hannahan doubled to deep center to bring home Carlos Santana and Casey Kotchman. Shin-Soo Choo followed with an RBI single, and it became a 4-3 game.
The Indians threatened in the seventh inning and delivered. They had runners on the corners with two outs, and Jason Kipnis laced an RBI single, scoring Choo and tying the game at 4-4.
Michael Brantley followed with an RBI single, and the Indians had the lead 5-4. Carlos Santana followed with a monster blast, a three-run bomb, and the Indians took an 8-4 lead en route to the victory.
The Indians face the Rays Thursday afternoon in the final game of the series at 12:10 p.m.