- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland had plenty of opportunities to get some runs on Friday night against Tampa Bay, but the Indians’ 4-1 loss to the Rays was a familiar story - an inability to convert with runners in scoring position.

The Indians were 1 for 9 hitting in that situation. Their .226 average this season is fourth-worst in the majors.

“It seems like we had a lot of innings with first and second and nobody out and then you look up and that’s the way the inning ended,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “I’d rather have the opportunities, but we don’t seem to do much with them lately.”

After Joey Butler homered in the first inning for Tampa Bay, Cleveland tied it in the home half. Jason Kipnis led off with a double to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. He advanced to third on a bunt single by Francisco Lindor and scored on a wild pitch from Rays starter Nathan Karns.

The Indians would get runners on first and second with less than two outs in the fifth and sixth but could not convert. In the ninth, Michael Bourn came up as the potential tying run with runners on first and second with two outs, but he struck out to end the game.

Cleveland fell to 13-20 at home and hasn’t won consecutive games since a three-game winning streak May 30-June 2. The Indians are 1-10 in series openers at Progressive Field after going 17-10 last year.

“Obviously, it hasn’t worked out well lately as far as runners in scoring position, but I mean, once you hit the ball, you can’t control where it goes,” said Brandon Moss, who was 0 for 3. “We had some good at-bats today, we hit some balls hard, it just wasn’t … didn’t do it at the right times.”

Carlos Carrasco (8-6) gave up three runs in 6 2-3 innings. In the right-hander’s six losses, the Indians have scored only five runs.

Asdrubal Cabrera, who played for the Indians from 2007 until being traded to Washington last July, broke a 1-all tie with a two-out homer in the second. The homer was his fourth of the season.

“It was special,” said Cabrera, who signed with Tampa Bay in January. “Earlier in the first inning I was a little nervous, but after I hit the homer I felt better. All your friends are on the other side, but as soon as you play ball you have to forget about it and do your job and try to win.”

Carrasco said that he threw Cabrera a changeup after shaking off a fastball inside.

Steven Souza Jr. added a home run in the ninth for Tampa Bay, which has won seven of eight. The Rays lead the AL East by one game over the New York Yankees.

Karns (4-3) allowed one run in 5 1-3 innings for his first win since May 13. Four relievers followed with Brad Boxberger pitching the ninth for his 17th save.

Rays first-year manager Kevin Cash was Cleveland’s bullpen coach on Francona’s staff the last two seasons. Cash was a catcher for Boston when Francona managed the Red Sox.

HE’S THE ONE

RHP Cody Anderson will be called up from Triple-A Columbus to make his major league debut Sunday against the Rays. Francona said he thinks Anderson, 24, will get “a couple” of starts.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: OF/DH John Jaso (bruised left wrist) took batting practice for the first time since being injured on opening day.

Indians: C Yan Gomes (stiff neck) was out of the lineup, but is expected to play in the next day or two.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Erasmo Ramirez has won six of seven decisions since April 19. He recorded his career-high sixth in his last start against Washington.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber, who has lost his last three starts, will go against the Rays.

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