Rays jump to 3-0 lead in American League Wild Card Game

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Tampa Bay has increased its early lead in this American League Wild Card Game in Cleveland.

James Loney and Evan Longoria hit consecutive one-out singles in the top of the fourth inning and then Desmond Jennings — who was hobbled near the end of the regular season by a badly-strained left hamstring — punched a two-out two-run double down the left field line to score Loney from third base and Longoria all the way from the first base bag.

Alex Cobb has sufficiently out-dueled fire-balling Indians starter Danny Salazar through the first four frames and the Rays will carry a 3-0 lead into the top of the fifth inning.

Cleveland loaded the bases in the fourth but Asdrubal Cabrera hit into an inning-ending doubleplay.

That doubleplay quieted what was a pretty raucous crowd at the Indians’ Progressive Field.