The Rays, 59-57, won 4 to 1 over Cleveland to snap out of the funk for at least a minute. The bats are still not awake but thanks to Corey Dickerson, they won this game.
Tampa sits 7 games back in the AL East race (again, that ship has sailed) and are tied for the second Wild Card spot.
In the first the Rays were down 1 to 0, but Blake Snell was able to keep them in the game. In the 5th, Logan Morrison hit an RBI single to make it 1 to 1. In the 8th, Corey Dickerson, who was in a 1-21 slump, hit a 3-run shot, his 22nd home run of the year, giving the Rays the 4 to 1 lead that held up at the end of the game.
Dickerson was 1 for 5 but that one was the big one. Evan Longoria was 2 for 4 while Logan Morrison was 3 for 4. Mallex Smith went 2 for 4 as well.
Blake Snell went 6.1 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 run, walked 2 and struck out 4. Snell had a rough first inning, but really settled in after that. Tommy Hunter (2-2) went 1.2 innings in another strong appearance, striking out 3. Alex Colome got save 34.
The Rays will turn the ball over to Jacob Faria (game begins at 7:10 PM) for the second game of the series on Friday night.
The Bulls won 1 to 0 (11 innings) over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to improve their record to 72-45 on the year. Kean Wong was 2 for 4 and scored the game winning RBI from Johnny Field who was 1 for 4 with that key run driven in. Willy Adames was 1 for 4. Chih-Wei Hu went 2 innings in relief, allowing a hit and struck out 5.