By William Kosileski and Bill Chastain
CLEVELAND -- The Rays entered Tuesday's game against the Indians fifth in the American League with 51 home runs. Once again, the team's power was on full display, as Tampa Bay combined to hit a season-high five homers to back starter Jake Odorizzi and defeat the Indians, 6-4, at Progressive Field.
"Good win," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We talked yesterday about how -- hopefully -- the offense would kind of carry over. It seemed like it did. I know we got a lot of solo shots in there, and then Beck came up with the big two-run blast. The offense definitely carried over into this game and got us a nice cushion for Odo to work with."
The five home runs -- also the most allowed by Cleveland this season -- provided Odorizzi with just enough support. The right-hander pitched six innings and allowed four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts to pick up his third win of the season. Closer Alex Colome recorded the final three outs of the game to pick up his 10th save.
"It was good," said Odorizzi when asked about his performance. "We got a win, that's all that matters. I felt good. I got into a nice groove. ... Kind of lost the groove a little bit. ... It's on me I didn't go deeper into the game."
Indians designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion provided the biggest hit of the night for the Tribe with a two-run homer to center to cap off a three-run sixth inning. Jason Kipnis added an RBI double in the third.
Salazar struggled keeping the ball in the park, as he allowed four of the Rays' homers -- a career-high -- in five-plus innings of work. Although he struck out nine, the right-hander was charged with five runs on six hits and was handed his fourth loss of the season. More >
"I missed spots with all of them," Salazar said on the home runs. "It doesn't matter. The way I feel right now, it doesn't matter what I do out there. They looked so comfortable against me today. The first inning, it was like, 'I got this.' But then after that, they got too comfortable.
"They're a really aggressive team. Every time I miss a spot, that's what's going to happen."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Dickerson doubles down: After Norris hit a leadoff home run off Salazar in the third, Dickerson followed with a home run of his own. The Rays designated hitter jumped on a first-pitch fastball from Salazar for a 385-foot homer to the seats in right. In his next at-bat in the fifth, Dickerson drove a 2-0 fastball 449 feet to dead center and into the trees beyond the wall for his second shot of the game. It marked the fifth multi-homer game of his career. Per Statcast™, Dickerson's second home run was the longest home run by a Rays player this season.
Beckham provides insurance: Following a leadoff double by Steven Souza Jr. in the sixth, Indians manager Terry Francona opted to replace the Salazar with Armstrong. After recording the first out of the inning, Armstrong surrendered a two-run home run to Beckham, giving the Rays a 6-1 lead. This homer proved to be important, as the Indians countered with three runs in the home half of the inning. Two came via Encarnacion's homer. Beckham's home run to the bleachers in left-center field had an exit velocity of 100 mph combined with a 27-degree launch angle, per Statcast™.
"Very much so. I thought early on, it's so hard, it's real hard to see the first three innings -- for both teams. And he stayed on it and hit it to right, and I thought that was a good sign. ... Even his last at-bat, getting jammed, but staying through it enough to, there's a hole over there. I think he deserves a couple of those. Yeah, it is good for him, man. It's good for us." -- Francona, on Encarnacion's home run
ZIMMER'S MLB DEBUT
Center fielder Bradley Zimmer, who is Cleveland's No.1-ranked prospect and the 19th-ranked prospect in baseball by MLBPipeline.com, went 0-for-3 in his Major League debut. Naturally, the first ball in play of the evening was a shot to center off the bat of Kevin Kiermaier, resulting in a routine catch for the rookie outfielder. Zimmer's parents and his grandmother were in attendance at Progressive Field for his first game with the Indians.
WHAT'S NEXT Rays: Right-hander Alex Cobb (3-3, 3.65) will make his ninth start of the season Wednesday when the Rays and Indians wrap up their three-game series in a 12:10 p.m. ET contest in Cleveland. Cobb has effectively used a fastball-curveball combo while trying to rediscover his changeup.
Indians: Right-hander Josh Tomlin (2-4, 5.87) will get the nod for Wednesday's series finale at Progressive Field. After getting off to a rough start, Tomlin has pitched well in his last two outings, allowing only two runs on nine hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched.