Evan Longoria’s homer, pitching leads Rays’ to 10 over

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Sometimes, it takes a village.

Six pitchers combined for the latest victory by the red-hot Tampa Bay Rays, a 4-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians. It was the 40th win in 70 games for the Rays, who hold a one-game lead in the AL East.

Erasmus Rameriz started for the Rays but had to leave in the fourth inning with a groin injury. Five Rays’ relievers gave up only one runs the rest of the way.

Tampa Bay got all the runs it would need in the first inning when Evan Longoria hit a three-run homer. He drove in Kevin Kiermaier, who walked, and Joey Butler, who had a single. Corey Kubler took the loss for Cleveland, his fourth straight. He is only 3-9 on the season after winning the Cy Young Award with an 18-9 record last season.

The Rays are now 10 games over .500 for the first time this season.

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