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Tampa Bay 9, Cleveland 8
When: 7:10 PM ET, Monday, July 5, 2021
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Temperature: Indoors
Umpires: Home - Dan Merzel, 1B - Greg Gibson, 2B - Will Little, 3B - Rob Drake
Attendance: 8832

Tampa Bay's Yandy Diaz chopped a walk-off fielder's choice in the ninth inning as the Rays rallied for a 9-8 win Monday in St. Petersburg, Fla., handing the Cleveland Indians their season-worst seventh consecutive loss

With the Rays trailing 8-7 in the ninth, rookie Wander Franco lined a single to left to score pinch runner Brett Phillips with no outs, tying the game against Cleveland's Emmanuel Clase (3-4).

After an intentional walk to Austin Meadows filled the bases, Diaz hit a high hopper that Cleveland second baseman Cesar Hernandez fielded. However, Hernandez's throw home wasn't close as Randy Arozarena crossed with the game-winning tally.

Diaz produced two hits, including a solo homer, to go along with his first career walk-off RBI. Brandon Lowe clubbed his first career grand slam and Manuel Margot went 4-for-4 with two RBIs for Rays, who won for the 11th time in their past 13 meetings with the Indians.

Pete Fairbanks (2-3) earned the win with a perfect top of the ninth.

Cleveland's Franmil Reyes rocketed his 12th homer -- his first since returning from a monthlong injured-list stay caused by an abdominal stream. He also doubled, tied a career high with five RBIs and stole a base.

The Indians scored all of their runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

Owning just nine hits against left-handed pitching this year to start the game but four of them homers, Lowe crushed a 1-1 center-cut fastball to right after the Rays loaded the bases with one out in the second inning. The blast came off Indians lefty Logan Allen.

Down 4-0, the Indians scored in the fourth when Amed Rosario opened with a double and came home on Reyes' hard single to left.

After the Rays pushed the lead back to four on a sacrifice fly by Margot in the bottom of the fourth, Cleveland rallied in the fifth. Rosario had an RBI groundout and Jose Ramirez followed with a run-scoring single. Reyes slammed a two-run homer to round out the four-run frame and knot the game at 5.

A looping single just beyond a drawn-in infield by Hernandez in the sixth plated Oscar Mercado to give the Indians their first lead of the contest.

Reyes padded the margin three batters later with a two-run double -- his third hit in three innings for an 8-5 advantage.

Margot hit an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth. Diaz's homer in the seventh pulled the Rays within 8-7, setting up the ninth-inning heroics.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
Cleveland   Tampa Bay
Logan Allen Player Rich Hill
No Decision W/L No Decision
3.1 IP 3.2
0 Strikeouts 5
7 Hits 3
13.50 ERA 2.45
Hitting
Cleveland   Tampa Bay
Franmil Reyes Player Manuel Margot
3 Hits 4
5 RBI 2
1 HR 0
7 TB 4
.600 Avg 1.000
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Cleveland 13 1 18 .333 20 12 8 3 4 0
Tampa Bay 14 2 21 .378 11 5 9 3 0 2