Bedard, Offense Help Snap Rays Skid, Beat Indians 7-1

DICK SCANLON, Associated Press
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Erik Bedard gave up one hit in six shutout innings, James Loney had three hits and drove in two runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays broke a four-game skid Saturday night with a 7-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Winning his second straight start after 15 consecutive starts without a win, Bedard gave up a double to Ryan Raburn in the second inning, Cleveland’s only hit until Lonnie Chisenhall led off the ninth with a single off Grant Balfour.

Juan Carlos Oviedo took over in the seventh for Bedard (2-1) and pitched two perfect innings.

Zach McAllister (3-3) gave up eight hits and five runs in 4 1-3 innings for the Indians, who had won four straight. McAllister is winless in four starts since winning three straight.

David DeJesus drove in Tampa Bay’s first run with a two-out single in the third.

The Rays made it 3-0 in the fourth when Loney’s first hit was followed by Wil Myers’ double and the first of two sacrifice flies by Matt Joyce. Yunel Escobar drove in the second run with a two-out single.

Raburn drove in the Indians’ run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Ben Zobrist had two hits and scored twice for the Rays, who had lost six straight home games.

NOTES: John Axford is out as the Indians’ closer, manager Terry Francona announced before the game. A group of four relievers that includes Cody Allen, Scott Atchison, Marc Rzepczynski and Bryan Shaw could all get opportunities to fill the role. … Rays RHP Alex Cobb, who has been on the DL since April 13 with a left oblique strain, is likely to pitch in a simulated game Monday in Port Charlotte, Florida, then make a rehab start five days later. Cobb hope to pitch for the Rays by the end of the May. … Indians CF Michael Bourn, as expected, was rested. He played Thursday and Friday after missing three games with a tight left hamstring. … Rays RHP Chris Archer (2-1) and Indians RHP Josh Tomlin (1-0) are Sunday’s scheduled starters.

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