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Rays beat Indians, 7-4, to cap first winning road trip in nearly a year

Corey Dickerson, right, is congratulated by Jesus Sucre after Dickerson hit a three-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin in the second inning. Sucre and Daniel Robertson scored on the play. [AP photo]

Corey Dickerson, right, is congratulated by Jesus Sucre after Dickerson hit a three-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin in the second inning. Sucre and Daniel Robertson scored on the play. [AP photo]

CLEVELAND — The Rays headed home happy Wednesday afternoon, beating the Indians 7-4 to complete their first winning road trip in nearly a year.

The Rays did it the old-fashioned way, combining a strong seven-inning start from surging Alex Cobb and some potent power-hitting, with Corey Dickerson, Logan Morrison and Jesus Sucre going deep.

The Rays took two of three in both Boston and Cleveland for their first winning trip since going 5-3 through Toronto, Detroit and Miami last May 16-24, and improving to 21-22 overall heading into their first off-day since April 27, having played 20 straight days.

Cobb gave the Rays seven solid innings, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out seven (four looking) and walking one. He threw 115 pitches, his most since his May 2015 Tommy John elbow surgery.

Reinventing himself in lieu of a dependable changeup as a fastball/curveball pitcher, Cobb is now 3-1, 2.78 over his last five starts, and hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of them.

Danny Farquhar and rookie Ryne Stanek, hitting 100 mph on the stadium gun, teamed for the eighth. Closer Alex Colome worked the ninth, allowing a one-out homer to rookie Bradley Zimmer before Kevin Kiermaier made a leaping catch at the wall for the final out.

Offensively, the Rays continue to play hit-and-miss offense, swatting three more home runs while striking out 10 times, their six straight game in double digits and 29th overall in 43 games.

The Rays took the lead with a four-run second. Two-out singles by Tim Beckham and impressive rookie Daniel Robertson got them started, a double by Sucre (making him 8-for-15 with runners in scoring position) got them on the board, and a three-run homer by Dickerson — his third in two days — got them comfortably ahead.

The Rays made it 6-0 in the third, as Morrison launched his team-leading 11th homer, and logged his team-high 27th RBI. Then a double by Steven Souza Jr. and a single by Tim Beckham plated another.

Cobb wavered a bit in the third, allowing two runs after back-to-back doubles (one that Dickerson didn't make much of a play on) and a one-out single, then putting two more on before escaping.

Sucre homered in the eighth to provide some cushion. That gave the Rays a team-record 10 homers for a three-game series.

The Rays return to action Friday night against the AL East-leading Yankees, with Erasmo Ramirez on the mound.

Marc Topkin can be reached at mtopkin@tampabay.com. Follow @ TBTimes_Rays

Rays beat Indians, 7-4, to cap first winning road trip in nearly a year 05/17/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 5:15pm]
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