ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) ― Carlos Santana found his power stroke again at an opportune time.
Santana hit a three-run homer during a five-run seventh inning and the Cleveland Indians rallied for a 10-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.
Choo Shin-soo and Asdrubal Cabrera hit two-out singles off Kyle Farnsworth (0-2) before Jason Kipnis’ RBI single against Jake McGee tied it at 4. After Michael Brantley had a run-scoring single, Santana extended the lead to 8-4 with his first homer since May 15.
“It means a lot to him because I know that’s been weighing on him, especially the power drought that he’s had,” Cleveland manager Manny Acta said. “It’s hard on those guys. He must be feeling a lot better.”
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Iassogna after Kipnis’ game-tying hit for arguing balls and strikes. He thought the umpire missed a two-strike pitch on Kipnis.
“Dan Iassogna is a very good umpire ... he absolutely blew that call and that’s a very big play in tonight’s game,” Maddon said.
Kipnis and Santana added run-scoring singles in ninth as the Indians went ahead 10-5.
“We’re so much better an offensive club when Santana is contributing,” Acta said.
Cleveland starter Justin Masterson left trailing 4-3 and with the bases loaded in the fifth, but was bailed out when Esmil Rogers (1-0) entered and got two quick outs.
“That was a very big win for us, especially the way things started,” Acta said. “Rogers did a fantastic job. He’s the one who pretty much saved the day. He gave us an opportunity to comeback.”
Rogers struck out three and walked one over 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
NY Yankees 6, Toronto 0
Milwaukee 4, St. Louis 3
LA Dodgers 5, Philadelphia 3
Pittsburgh 9, Colorado 6
Oakland 4, Texas 3
San Diego 8, Houston 4
Washington 4, NY Mets 3
Detroit 7, LA Angels 2
Boston 10, Chicago White Sox 1
San Francisco 9, Atlanta 4
Arizona 7, Cincinnati 1
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