Umpires rule that Carlos Santana was not hit by the pitch, but the Indians challenge the call and after review, it is overturned
Rookie Bradley Zimmer highlighted the Indians' offense with a home run and RBI double -- both firsts for the team's Another Corey blast: Tomlin struck out five batters in a row between the first and second innings, but he then ran into a heap of trouble. The Rays connected for four straight hits -- capped off by Dickerson's three-run homer to right. Dickerson's shot came on a low-and-in fastball, marking his third homer in the past two games on similar pitches. Heading into Wednesday, Dickerson was batting .375 with a 1.000 OPS on fastballs to that area of the strike zone, per "They strung together one or two hits that kind of fell in. Like a shark smelling blood, they just kind of started swinging. I left the ball over the heart of the plate on a couple of those pitches, and they put good swings on them." -- Tomlin
"We're coming out of here on a huge high. We're pumped with the way this road trip went." -- Cobb, on the fact the Rays won two out of three games in Boston and Cleveland on the road trip
The Rays completed their first winning road trip in a year, as they had posted losing records in 11 consecutive road trips dating back to a Toronto/Detroit/Miami swing from May 16-24, 2016.
ZIMMER COLLECTS FIRST HIT
Playing in front of his parents and grandmother, Zimmer got a handful of career firsts out of the way in the third inning. The lefty-swinging batter sent a pitch from Cobb off the wall in left field for a double (first hit) that scored Lonnie Chisenhall (first RBI). Two batters later, Zimmer hustled home on a single to left field from Kipnis, diving headfirst across the plate for his first Major League run. He cleared the center-field fence in the ninth for his first career home run.
With two outs and runners on first and second in the third, Cobb threw a fastball inside to Carlos Santana, who tried to jump out of harm's way. The pitch was initially called a ball, but Santana began to head to first, indicating that the pitch struck him on the right shin. The Indians challenged the call, which was overturned following a replay review lasting one minute and 11 seconds.
Rays: Erasmo Ramirez (2-0, 2.92 ERA) will start for the Rays Friday in a 7:10 p.m. ET contest at Tropicana Field against the Yankees. Ramirez has started just one game this season, but he'll slide back into the starting rotation in the aftermath of Blake Snell getting optioned to Triple-A Durham.
Indians: Following an off-day on Thursday, the Indians will open a three-game road series with the Astros with an 8:10 p.m. ET tilt on Friday at Minute Maid Park. Right-hander Trevor Bauer (3-4, 6.92 ERA) will take the mound for the Tribe, opposite Charlie Morton (5-2, 3.97 ERA). Bauer is 5-0 with a 1.97 ERA in five career starts against Houston.
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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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