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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Nyjer Morgan used his speed to get two key infield hits early in the game. His rare long ball provided an important late run.
Morgan had an RBI infield single that rolled to a stop near the line between home and third before Bourn hit a two-run double as the Indians took a 3-1 lead in the second. Morgan also hit his first major league homer since July 30, 2012, an eighth-inning solo shot that made it 6-2.
“I had to get something out of the infield today,” a smiling Morgan said.
Tomlin (2-0), who pitched just once in the big leagues last season after right elbow surgery in 2012, allowed two runs and six hits over six innings in his second outing this year.
“The guys made the plays in the outfield and the infield, and that’s the reason I won a game,” Tomlin said.
Cleveland took two of three in the series after entering with a seven-game road skid.
“This is a tough place to play,” Francona said. “Finding a way to beat them here is great. I’ve sat in this chair too many times and been miserable.”
Matt Joyce homered and had two RBIs for the Rays, who went 1-5 on their homestand. Chris Archer (2-2) gave up four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings.
“I think very simply put, we’re not playing the caliber of baseball right now that is a winning caliber of baseball,” Rays third baseman Evan Longoria said.
A three-run eighth pulled the Rays to 6-5.
Ben Zobrist scored the first run in the inning when reliever Marc Rzepczynski made an errant throw to second on what could have been an inning-ending double play. Cody Allen allowed Wil Myers’ RBI single and hit Desmond Jennings with a pitch to load the bases. Yunel Escobar hit a sacrifice fly.
“I had plenty of time. … I rushed it,” Rzepczynski said. “When I get those, I get super excited. Throw better sinkers to second than I do home sometimes.”
Bryan Shaw pitched a perfect ninth in place of demoted closer John Axford for his second save.
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