The Associated Press
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Mike Aviles hit a three-run homer during a five-run seventh inning and Corey Kluber went 6⅔ effective innings as the Indians stopped a seven-game road losing streak by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 Friday night.
Cleveland also got solo homers from Asdrubal Cabrera and Michael Brantley. Kluber (3-3) allowed two runs, nine hits and had nine strikeouts.
Jake Odorizzi struck out a career-high 11 and gave up five hits in five shutout innings for the Rays, who have lost six straight at home.
Brantley homered off Joel Peralta (1-3) before Yan Gomes hit an RBI single and Aviles had his three-run shot against Brandon Gomes as the Indians went ahead 6-2 in the seventh.
For the fourth straight game, the Rays put together a serious ninth-inning threat. David DeJesus had an RBI double off John Axford with two outs that made it 6-3. Ben Zobrist then walked to load the bases, ending Axford’s night.
Cody Allen entered and got a fly ball from James Loney on a 3-2 pitch for his first save.
Cabrera, coming off a four-hit game Thursday in a 9-4 victory over Minnesota, had a leadoff homer off Brad Boxberger in the sixth that pulled the Indians within 2-1. Cabrera finished with three hits and a walk.
After Loney hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth and DeJesus put the Rays up 2-0 on a fifth-inning RBI double.
Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar left after the second inning with a bruised right thumb and is day to day.
TampaBay manager Joe Maddon’s challenge of a double play in the first resulted in the call being overturned when a video review determined that Zobrist beat the relay throw at first.
The game took 4 hours, 10 minutes.
In other news, Tribe second baseman Jason Kipnis (strained right oblique) was cleared to swing a bat this weekend, while designated hitter Jason Giambi (strained right calf) is working out with the team and says he feels good.
TampaBay outfielder Desmond Jennings, who went 1-for-15 in his previous three games, was rested.
Cleveland infielder Elliot Johnson accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus.