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Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco controls Rays, beats Drew Smyly

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Once again, Carlos Carrasco had his way with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Carrasco mastered the Rays, throwing eight innings of four-hit baseball to lead the Cleveland Indians past the Rays 4-1 on Wednesday night. Carrasco, who missed a no-hitter by one out last year, is 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA in four starts for the Indians against Tampa Bay.

One night earlier, Corey Kluber had owned the Rays for most of the night before the team came back. This time, there was no comeback. Carrasco had a one-hitter for most of the night before giving up a single run in the eighth.

The Indians scored three times in the fourth, then coasted to their victory.

The Rays, 3-5, play the deciding game of the series today. Chris Archer, who hasn’t won since last August 31, pitches for Tampa Bay.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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