The Cleveland Indians had to settle for a 2-2 series tie against the Tampa Bay Rays after the Thursday afternoon 6-0 loss.
Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez met his match in Tampa Bay’s David Price. Only two Indians were able to get base hits against Price. He also struck out seven batters in seven innings and became the first MLB pitcher to reach 13 wins. Jimenez went 5.2 innings giving up seven hits, five runs and walked five batters.
Tampa Bay’s Luke Scott was the first to draw blood with a solo home run in the third inning that put the Rays ahead 1-0. Scott finished the game going 2-4 with an RBI and two runs.
Tampa Bay turned a small cushion into a commanding lead in the sixth inning. A BJ Upton double with the bases loaded brought in three more runs to up the lead to 4-0, and a single from Carlos Pena would eventually score Upton and give the Rays a 5-0 lead. Upton went 3-5 with three RBI.
The loss puts the Tribe 3.5 games behind the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox. They are also 1.5 games behind the second-place Detroit Tigers, who defeated the Los Angeles Angels Thursday afternoon.
The Baltimore Orioles come to Progressive Field for a four-game series beginning Friday night at 7:05.
Former Indians great Jim Thome, who now plays for the Orioles, will return to Cleveland for the first time since playing for the Tribe last season. Derek Lowe (8-7) will start for the Indians and Miguel Gonzalez (1-1) will start for Baltimore.
— Fox 8 Sports intern Gabriel Kramer contributed to this report.