- Associated Press - Saturday, May 10, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Mike Aviles had a nice sacrifice bunt in the sixth inning that didn’t result in any runs. One inning later he swung away with great results.

Aviles hit a three-run homer during a five-run seventh, Corey Kluber went 6 2-3 effective innings, and the Cleveland Indians stopped a seven-game road losing streak by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 on Friday night.

“Mikey always plays the game,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Cleveland 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.

“It’s just bittersweet that we couldn’t pull it out,” Odorizzi said.

The Indians were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position against Odorizzi.

“It was hard to get things going early in the game,” Aviles said. “We weren’t able to get that big hit when we needed it. We were able to get it later in the game.”

Brantley homered off Joel Peralta (1-3) before Yan Gomes hit an RBI single and Aviles had his three-run shot off Brandon Gomes as the Indians went ahead 6-2 in the seventh.

“The game score didn’t really reflect the way the game was played for the most part,” Francona said. “We put together one really good inning.”

For the fourth straight game, the Rays staged 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.

“It’s a crazy game,” DeJesus said. “We get the winning run on every night and we haven’t been able to pull it out. We just got to keep going.”

Cabrera, coming off a four-hit game in Thursday’s 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, DeJesus put the Rays up 2-0 on a fifth-inning RBI double.

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