Rays 6, Indians 0: Alex Cobb threw 7 1/3 strong innings and Kelly Johnson hit a two-run homer as Tampa Bay blanked visiting Cleveland for the second straight game.
Johnson, the No. 9 hitter, gave the Rays a 3-0 lead with his two-run homer down the right-field line in the fourth inning. Matt Albers relieved Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer (0-1) to start the sixth and allowed a run-scoring single to designated hitter Shelley Duncan for a 4-0 lead.
Cobb (1-0) allowed the lead-off batter to reach base in four of the first seven innings but benefited from two double plays and forced Asdrubal Cabrera to pop out with runners on first and third with one out in the third before retiring Jason Kipnis to end the inning. Cobb yielded four hits, struck out six and walked three while improving to 8-1 over his last 12 starts.
Bauer, filling in for injured left-hander Scott Kazmir, walked the first four batters he faced in the first inning before escaping further damage. Bauer walked the bases loaded again in the third but struck out Yunel Escobar to escape the jam.
James Loney made it 6-0 with a two-out two-run double in the eighth inning. Loney, the only Ray with multiple hits, finished 2-for-4 with a walk.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Indians C Lou Marson did not come out for the fourth inning after suffering a cervical neck strain, stemming from a collision at home plate with Rays lead-off hitter Desmond Jennings the inning before. Jennings was thrown out trying to score on a grounder to third. Carlos Santana moved from designated hitter to catcher, forcing the Indians to relinquish their DH role for the remainder of the game. Bauer hit in the No. 9 spot in the fifth inning and struck out on three pitches. … In addition to Jennings, Matt Joyce was thrown out at home trying to score on Escobar’s liner to Cleveland RF Ryan Raburn in the first inning. … Bauer was the first major league pitcher to walk the first four batters of a game since John Danks of the Chicago White Sox against the Minnesota Twins in 2009.