The Indians kept rolling, sweeping the Rays on Wednesday and winning their sixth consecutive game behind a complete game effort from Trevor Bauer. Bauer gave up a lone run on three hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts.
Jason Kipnis slugged the Indians to an early lead, blasting a two-run homer off of Chris Archer in the first inning. Francisco Lindor would add an RBI single before the end of the frame. Carlos Santana hit an RBI double in the fourth and an RBI single in the seventh, and Lindor tacked on a sacrifice fly in the seventh to make it 6-1, the score by which the Indians would eventually win.
Bauer is now 5-2 with a 3.20 ERA and a 79/27 K/BB ratio in 84 1/3 innings. That includes six relief appearances prior to moving back to the rotation. Strictly as a starter, Bauer has a 2.96 ERA and a 65/22 K/BB ratio in 73 innings.
The Indians will take Thursday off before beginning a 10-game road trip that brings them into July. That means they’ll end the month of June a perfect 11-0 at home.
As the 41-30 Indians won and the Royals lost on Wednesday, the Tribe now have a three-game lead over the defending World Champs in the AL Central.