The Tampa Bay Rays finished a disappointing 2014 in disappointing fashion, falling to the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The Rays fell to 77-85 on the season with Alex Cobb on the mound. Cobb allowed ten hits, including two home runs in the second inning. TJ House got the start for Cleveland, lasting only 49 pitches but proved efficient, limiting the Rays to one run in five innings and receiving credit for a win for his effort.
The Rays scored first on a Sean Rodriguez home run in the top of the second inning, his twelve on the season, good enough for second best on the Rays.
The Rays' lead was short lived however, as the Indians scored two runs on two home runs in the bottom of the second. David Murphy and rookie Zach Walters both took Cobb deep for the Indians.
The Indians scored again in the bottom of the fifth inning, with Tyler Holt scoring on a sacrifice fly hit by Jose Ramirez.
The Rays managed to pull within a run again in the top of the sixth inning when Evan Longoria brought Brandon Guyer home with a sacrifice fly of his own.
The normally reliable Jeff Beliveau was charged with three runs in the seventh inning to blow the game open for Cleveland.
Brandon Gomes and CJ Riefenhauser finished the game for the Rays while Chen-Chang Lee, Kyle Crockett, and Zach McAllister pitched four innings in relief of House to finish the Rays. The Rays got their sixth inning run off of Lee.
Notes (Season ending edition)
-The Rays scored the fewest runs in the American League this season and the fewest in team history with only 612 (scored 700 in 2013)
-The Rays finished the season with 116 home runs hit, good for 12th in the American League. Last season the Rays hit 165 home runs.
-Tampa Bay struck out the second most batters in history this season, falling 13 short of the Indians of 2014 (1,450 to 1,437).
-The Rays fell to 41-40 on the road with this loss to the Indians. The Rays finished 36-45 at home this season.