Carlos Carrasco left early with an injury, but five relievers kept the lead and helped the Cleveland Indians hold off the Tampa Bay Rays 8-7 Monday night.
Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer in the second inning and Logan Morrison homered with the bases empty in the third to give the Rays a 4-2 record on this trip against defending division champions from a year ago - the Indians (AL Central) and Boston (AL East).
Tim Beckham and Daniel Robertson each singled to put runners on the corners.
"It was one of my top ones, to be able to hit it clean like that and to know it's gone", he said.
"I think we have to make it correct themselves", he said. Collins hit a solo homer in the second inning and a three-run shot in the fifth, giving Detroit's offense a boost while Miguel Cabrera sat out with a sore left side.
"Nobody thinks it was anything more than that, but he wasn't letting it go", Francona said of Carrasco, who in 3 2/3 innings gave up five runs, six hits and three walks.
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Indians center fielder Bradley Zimmer was 0 for 3 with three strikeouts in his major league debut. It was the the first major league hit and RBI for Zimmer, who was called up from Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday. It was Dickerson's third home run against the Indians in two games, and it put the Indians in an early 4-0 hole.
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.
However, it was Tuesday night's game that the Rays hit five homers with two of them coming off the bat of Dickerson. 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".
In seven at-bats over his first two games with the Indians, Zimmer had two hits with two runs scored, two RBI, one double and one home run. "When he made a mistake he really paid for it". But that would be the only base runner Allen would allow, for he would induce Derek Norris to pop out to end the game. A lot of things went wrong tonight, but the Indians still won, which is all tomorrow's standings will indicate.
Ryan was pitching a no-hitter when Francona arrived at the Astrodome in the fourth inning.
Carrasco was pulled because of tightness in his left pectoral muscle after giving up an RBI single to Brad Miller. "It wasn't good on my part to start the inning that way", said Miller, whose scoreless-innings streak was the longest by an Indians pitcher to start the season since Doug Jones pitched 20 consecutive scoreless innings to start the 1990 season.