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  • Tampa Bay Rays' Corey Dickerson watches his three-run home run off Indians reliever Nick Goody during the eighth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

  • Cleveland Indians center fielder Bradley Zimmer hits the padding as a three-run home run by Tampa Bay Rays' Corey Dickerson slides over the wall during the eighth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

  • Tampa Bay Rays starter Blake Snell pitches against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

  • Cleveland Indians third base oach Mike Sarbaugh, right, watches as umpire Mark Ripperger, left, gestures a fair ball and Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria fields Jose Ramirez's grounder down the third-base line that scored Francisco Lindor during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

  • Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, right, throws to first base to complete a double play on Brad Miller after forcing out Tampa Bay Rays' Logan Morrison (7) during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

  • Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, right, talks to pitcher Blake Snell on the mound after a walk to Cleveland Indians' Edwin Encarnacion during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Thursday, August 10, 2017 11:15 pm

Dickerson's homer lifts Rays to 4-1 win over Indians

By DICK SCANLON Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Corey Dickerson finally delivered a big hit for the Tampa Bay Rays with men on base.

Dickerson's broke out of an 0-for-21 slump with a three-run homer in the eighth inning that carried the Rays to a 4-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night. Tampa Bay had scored only four runs in its previous five games.

"It's been a pretty tough couple of weeks for the whole team, not just me," Dickerson said. "I was just trying not to miss my pitch and not to think too much. When you're struggling you tend to think too much and change stuff."

Dickerson's two-out blast off Nick Goody (1-2), his 22nd, came after Adeiny Hechavarria singled and Jesus Sucre was hit by a pitch.

Tommy Hunter (2-2) worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Blake Snell to get the win. Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his 34th save in 39 opportunities.

Francisco Lindor opened the game with a double and scored on Jose Ramirez's single. It was the only run for the AL Central-leading Indians off Snell, who gave up four hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings.

"When we had opportunities, which were few, you have to cash in, and we didn't," Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Snell (0-6, 4.69 ERA) made his 15th start, the most of any winless pitcher in the majors this season.

"We had a chance to win the game simply because of Blake Snell's performance," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "He was outstanding. A couple walks here and there, but as far as commanding the baseball (and) making big pitches when he had to, it was a huge step in the right direction."

Logan Morrison drove in Tampa Bay's first run with a single in the fifth.

Cleveland starter Danny Salazar pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up one run on seven hits and four walks while striking out eight.

BRUCE'S DEBUT

The series opener in Tampa Bay was the first game in a Cleveland uniform for Jay Bruce, a three-time NL All-Star who was acquired in a trade with the New York Mets on Wednesday night.

Bruce made it to the stadium an hour before the first pitch. He entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh and popped up on the first pitch he saw.

"It was an opportunity for me to help out," Bruce said, "but I didn't get the job done tonight."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: 2B Jason Kipnis left the game with a tight right hamstring after leading off the second with a double. ... OF Lonnie Chisenhall (right calf strain) will run Saturday and might be taken off the disabled list as early as Sunday.

Rays: Cash said RHP Jake Odorizzi should be fine for his next start after taking a line drive off his right foot Wednesday against the Red Sox. Odorizzi left the game with a bruise. ... 1B Lucas Duda (bruised thumb) was back in the lineup at DH after being scratched Wednesday.

UP NEXT

RHP Carlos Carrasco (10-5) will attempt to get his first win since July 7 for the Indians against rookie RHP Jake Faria (5-2), who has nine quality starts among his 11 starts for the Rays.

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