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Indians slam Rays 13-0 to avoid sweep

Indians slam Rays 13-0 to avoid sweep
April 7, 2013
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St. Petersburg, FL – After failing to score for 19 straight innings, the Cleveland Indians offense broke out in a big way against reigning American League Cy Young Award winner David Price, shutting out the Tampa Bay Rays 13-0.
Price (0-1, 8.18), who received his Cy Young Award prior to last night’s game,  came into the game 5-0 and having allowed only seven earned runs in 38 and one-third innings against the Tribe in his career. Over five innings, he allowed a career-high eight earned runs on 10 hits, including two home runs, and three walks.
The Indians have now beat both reigning Cy Young Award winners in their first six games (R.A. Dickey, April 2).
Cleveland starter Justin Masterson (2-0, 0.69) put together his second strong start to open the season. He allowed just two hits and three walks while striking out eight over seven innings of work. The win was his first against Tampa Bay since June 3, 2008, the third game of his major league career.
The Tribe lineup piled runs onto Rays pitching all afternoon long as part of a season-high 13 runs. After tacking on their first run in the top of the second, Indians designated hitter Mark Reynolds hit a 0-1 pitch over the center field wall for a three-run homer, putting the Indians up 4-0 in the top of the third.
Price got lit up for four more runs in his fifth and final inning. Left fielder Ryan Raburn led the inning off with a double and scored two outs later on a double by catcher Carlos Santana. Second baseman Mike Avilas advanced Santana to third on an infield single to shortstop and both scored on a three-run homer by Lonnie Chisenhall, making it 8-0.
Following a scoreless sixth inning, Cleveland extended the lead to 10-0 against Rays reliever Kyle Farnsworth in the seventh. Reynolds led off the inning with his second dinger of the game and his fourth of the season. Santana doubled to left and scored on an Avilas single.
Center fielder Michael Bourn hit his first homer in a Tribe uniform to lead off the top of the eighth. He also stole his first base in the first inning.
The Indians scored their final two runs of the afternoon against Tampa Bay closer Fernando Rodney. Reynolds led off the top of the ninth with a double, his third extra-base hit of the game, and scored on a two-run homer by Santana. Following the team’s fifth round-tripper of the game, they led 13-0.
Santana finished the day 5-for-5 with two doubles, a homer, and three runs batted in. He is now hitting .500 on the season.
Every player in the Indians lineup had at least one hit except shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and first baseman Nick Swisher.
Joe Smith and Vinnie Pestano pitched an inning each to end the game. Smith allowed one hit and struck out one while Pestano worked around a hit and two walks, striking out two.
The Cleveland Indians will return home to play their home opener against the New York Yankees on Monday at 4:05 p.m. Right-hander Ubaldo Jiminez (0-0, 1.50) will take the rubber for the Tribe against right-hander Hiroki Kuroda (0-1, 13.50).
Notes: Carlos Santana extended his career high for hits twice (4, 5). The Indians are 2-0 this season against Cy Young Award winners, but 1-2 against everyone else.

Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English.  He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall.  Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.

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