Indians drop slumping Encarnacion from cleanup to 5th

The message was clear at Progressive Field

MARC TOPKIN | Times The message was clear at Progressive Field

The Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians meet up tonight as they'll kick off a three game set. "The ones to dead center always feel good".

"He wasn't letting it go, and it made me start to worry a little bit", Francona said.

Indians: RHP Danny Salazar didn't get through three innings despite being given two early leads in his last start against Toronto.

Colby Rasmus hit a solo home run in the second to put the Rays on top 1-0.

Salazar, who is among the American League leaders in strikeouts, fanned nine, but he allowed a career-high four home runs as the Rays slugged their way to a 6-4 victory that evened the series at a game apiece.

"I know we got a bunch of solo shots in there, and then Beck came up with a big two-run blast", Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Something that we're going to be looking into, how aggressive they get, a lot of times teams make adjustments or try to make adjustments against us, we'll just have to make an adjustment during the game".

Jose Alvarado and Alex Colome held the Tribe to a.100 (1-for-10) clip to earn the hold and save respectively.

Aside from a putout in center field, Bradley Zimmer did not have an ideal major league debut as he went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts out of the ninth slot in the batting order.

Dickerson opened the fifth with his second homer of the game and eighth of the season for a 4-1 lead.

After using five relievers in Monday's win, the Indians needed Salazar to pitch deep into the game, but he was pulled following a leadoff double in the sixth.

Archer allowed seven runs in five innings. Indians manager Terry Francona took the opportunity to roast Rays manager Kevin Cash with a "tribute" on the video board at Progressive Field during batting practice. "One's vexing. He has good enough stuff to punch out nine".

"Right now I'm trying to stay positive and not trying to let that get into my head", Salazar said. He was scheduled to be in the lineup against Nolan Ryan, but a strike by air traffic controllers delayed his flight from Denver, where he had been playing in Triple-A, to Houston.

Ryan was pitching a no-hitter when Francona arrived at the Astrodome in the fourth inning.

Brantley moved to third on Santana's hit and scored when Edwin Encarnacion grounded into a forceout at second for the second out. He will take the place of LHP Blake Snell, who was optioned to minors last week, in the rotation.

Steven Souza Jr.'s sacrifice fly in the third shaved the Indians' lead to 6-3, but it became 7-3 on an RBI double by Yan Gomes in the bottom of the third. Carlos would try to get through the inning, but after giving up a single to Brad Miller, Terry Francona walked out to the mound with the trainer, then made a decision to pull him.

Abraham Almonte also left the game early. Barring any setbacks, he will pitch against the Reds in Cincinnati on May 23. The under is 20-8-1 in Cleveland last 29 on grass and the under is 34-15-2 in Cleveland last 51 overall while the over is 8-2 in Tomlin's last 10 Wednesday starts.

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