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Indians Fall to Rays, 6-2

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Josh Smith delivers against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Charlie Morton struck out a season-high 10 and Ji-Man Choi and Tommy Pham hit two-run homers Saturday night, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians in a game delayed for nearly three hours because of an incorrect weather forecast.

Morton (5-0) extended his unbeaten streak to a career-best 18 starts dating back to last August 17 with Houston, allowing one run and three hits in six innings. The right-hander has an 8-0 record with a 3.10 ERA in that stretch.

Choi’s two-out, opposite-field shot to left gave the Rays a 3-1 lead in the fifth, while Pham extended it to 6-1 with a blast to center in the seventh. Brandon Lowe added a solo home run in the sixth off Indians starter Carlos Carrasco (4-5).

The first pitch was postponed from 4:10 until 6:58 because of expected thunderstorms that never materialized. The conditions remained dry and warm throughout the delay, except for a several-minute spell of light rain.

Avisall Garcia had two hits and a stolen base for the Rays, who are in the midst of playing 34 games in 34 days through June 23. Pham upped his hitting streak to 11 and Lowe had two RBIs.

Carrasco lost his second straight start, giving up six runs — five earned — in 6 1/3 innings. The righty struck out six and has surrendered nine homers in five May outings.

Carlos Santana went 2 for 4 with a homer and double for Cleveland, which has lost five of six and fell to 4-6 on its season-high 11-game homestand.

Indians manager Terry Francona was ejected in the sixth by third base umpire Eric Cooper for arguing that Jose Ramirez did not swing at a pitch that hit him. It was his first ejection since 2016.

COMING, GOING

The Indians recalled LF Greg Allen and selected the contract of LHP Josh D. Smith from Triple-A Columbus. RHP Adam Plutko and C Eric Haase were optioned to the Clippers. The 29-year-old Smith made his big league debut with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Francona said Allen’s stay could be brief as Cleveland needs a starting pitcher Tuesday in Boston.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: 3B Matt Duffy (left hamstring tightness) has not returned to his rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham since aggravating his injury Wednesday at Norfolk.

Indians: OF Tyler Naquin (left calf strain), who has been on the 10-day injured list since May 11, ran the bases without any issues Friday at Progressive Field.

Twins 8

White Sox 1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Gibson pitched seven strong innings, C.J. Cron and Ehire Adrianza each drove in four runs and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox for their 10th win in 11 games.

Gibson (5-2) gave up five hits and walked none while striking out nine. His only blemish was JosÈ Abreu’s leadoff homer in the fourth inning. Gibson retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced.

Adrianza had three hits, including his fourth home run of the season, while Cron and Jorge Polanco each had two hits for Minnesota.

Athletics 6, Mariners 5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mike Fiers won in his first start at the Coliseum since pitching a no-hitter earlier this month and the Oakland Athletics beat Seattle sending the Mariners to their fifth straight loss.

Matt Chapman homered and Ramon Laureano doubled in his fifth straight game, matching Miguel Tejada for the Oakland record.

Domingo Santana hit two home runs and Mitch Haniger also connected for Seattle, which has lost eight of nine.

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager doubled and singled in his season debut after recovering from surgery to repair a tendon in his left hand that he hurt diving for a ball during spring training.

Astros 4

Red Sox 3

HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa hit an RBI single in the ninth inning to give the Houston Astros a victory over the Boston Red Sox.

After Boston tied it in the top of the inning, Aledmys Diaz led off the bottom with a double to left off Matt Barnes (2-1). Following walks to Alex Bregman and Michael Brantley, Correa hit a blooper down the right field line over a five-man infield.

After Roberto Osuna (3-0) loaded the bases, Christian Vazquez hit two-run single for Boston to tie it at three. Osuna recovered to strike out Steve Pearce and got Andrew Benintendi on a popup and a Mitch Moreland groundout to end the inning. The blown save ended a streak of 28 straight converted saves for Osuna.

Yankees 7-6

Royals 3-5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Austin Romine and Cameron Maybin each drove in two in New York’s five-run second inning, and the Yankees held on to beat the Kansas City Royals completing a sweep of a doubleheader for their seventh straight win.

Romine finished with three hits and Maybin also had an RBI single in the third as won both games after severe thunderstorms postponed Friday night’s contest.

Luke Voit hit a go-ahead home in the seventh inning and Thairo Estrada added a two-run double in the eighth inning of the opener to power the Yankees to a 7-3 victory.

Chance Adams threw four innings to earn his first major league victory in the second game after Chad Green threw one inning as the Yankees’ opener. Adams allowed three runs and five hits, with a couple of misplayed balls in the outfield leading to two runs in the fourth inning.

INTERLEAGUE

Mets 5, Tigers 4

13 innings

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom’s Nido homered against Buck Farmer leading off the 13th inning, Wilson Ramos homered twice and the New York Mets beat the Detroit Tigers for another comeback victory during this wild homestand.

Nido drove a 2-0 pitch from Farmer (3-4) narrowly over the wall in right-center, ending a game full of wasted chances for both teams. Nido was doused with water at home plate, and Noah Syndergaard dumped a bag of popcorn over his head during an on-field postgame interview.

Nido entered as a pinch-hitter in the 11th. The backup catcher connected for his third career home run.

New York has won five of six at Citi Field this week despite trailing in all but one of those games. That comes after the front office spoke up Monday to defend embattled second-year manager Mickey Callaway. The Mets (25-26) can climb back to .500 with a win Sunday.

Padres 19

Blue Jays 4

TORONTO (AP) — Austin Hedges connected for a grand slam and the San Diego Padres hit a franchise-record seven home runs to romp past the Toronto Blue Jays for their fifth straight win.

Wil Myers and Hunter Renfroe each hit two home runs and Ian Kinsler and Eric Hosmer also homered. The previous team record was six, set in Cincinnati on July 17, 1998.

Hedges hit his first career slam and drove in five runs. Myers went 2 for 2, drove in four and scored four times, and Renfroe had four hits, scored four and drove in three.

Myers hit the team-record seventh homer in a five-run eighth that included homers by Hosmer and Renfroe off Sam Gaviglio.

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