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is excited about how his team is playing. The only thing missing for the Rays: a clear path to the playoffs.Rookie Brandon Lowe homered and drove in three runs Bartolo Colon Jersey , and the Rays hung on in the ninth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians 6-4 on Sunday, taking two of three from the AL Central leaders.The Rays have won 11 of 13 and are a season-high 10 games over .500 (73-63). The stretch includes a three-game sweep over Boston and splitting two games with Atlanta.“Right now I don’t think you could ask for much more,” Cash said. “The guys, we talk about how they come to the ballpark prepared every single day. The effort’s there every single day.”Although moving into postseason contention is a long shot — Tampa Bay trails Oakland by eight games for the second wild card spot in the AL — Cash is pleased with how his team is progressing.“We gotta have a lot of things go our way,” he said. “I couldn’t be more impressed and excited about how this team has played here recently and looking forward to how they’ll continue to play for the month of September.”The Rays have pioneered the use of a reliever to open games before moving to a more conventional starting pitcher in the early innings.“The guys they pitch are really good,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Cashie is doing a really good job with their pitching. You can tell he’s having fun with it.”Ryan Yarbrough, another rookie, allowed one run in five-plus innings of relief for opener Diego Castillo, who was removed after Yandy Diaz’s leadoff single in the second.Yarbrough (13-5), who earned his major league-leading 11th relief win, was pulled after Jose Ramirez’s RBI single in the seventh.“I know they’re a really aggressive team and for me it’s been lately, just a matter of attacking the strike zone and mixing speeds,” Yarbrough said.Adam Kolarek pitched two scoreless innings before Cleveland made it closer in the ninth.Francisco Lindor singled off Hunter Wood to lead off the ninth. Jose Ramirez drew a one-out walk and Diaz had an RBI single. Jose Alvarado replaced Wood and struck out Yonder Alonso, but Melky Cabrera’s two-run double cut the lead to two.Alvarado struck out Jason Kipnis for his seventh save in 10 opportunities.Lowe homered to lead off the second and added a two-run double in the seventh for his first-ever three-hit game.Carlos Carrasco (16-7) allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings and lost for the third time in his last 11 decisions.Carrasco appeared to wince after throwing a pitch to Jake Bauers in the fourth. Several infielders talked with him on the mound and were soon joined by Francona and a team trainer. Carrasco remained in the game and said that he was taking extra time between pitches.C.J. Cron began the fourth with his team-leading 26th homer. Joey Wendle, who made two outstanding plays at third base in the sixth Jon Niese Jersey , had an RBI double in the seventh that was followed by Tommy Pham’s run-scoring triple.Wendle charged Greg Allen’s slow roller and threw the speedy center fielder out at first. Lindor followed with a grounder, and Wendle made a diving stop and threw him out to end the inning.SCOOTER UNDER FIREFrancona and Cash have been close friends for several years, which has led to a series of pranks between the two. Prior to Friday’s series opener, Francona had the scoreboard operators at Progressive Field post Cash’s career batting numbers, including a .183 average, under the headline, “How Bad is Kevin Cash at the Plate?”Cash got his revenge before Sunday’s game by stealing the scooter Francona rides from his downtown apartment to the ballpark every day. Cash rode the scooter on the field and it was placed between second and third base as the Rays took batting practice. The scooter was hit by a couple of line drives before an Indians clubhouse worker drove it to safety.The chair Francona sits on in the dugout mysteriously showed up in the Rays dugout before Friday’s game. Cash was a suspect, but it appears an Indians pitcher was responsible.Cash played for Boston when Francona managed the Red Sox and was on Cleveland’s coaching staff for two seasons before taking the job in Tampa Bay. The practical jokes will surely continue when the Indians are in Tampa next week.TRAINER’S ROOMRays: CF Kevin Kiermaier (back spasms) was out of the lineup after leaving Saturday’s game in the seventh.Indians: LHP Andrew Miller (sore shoulder) threw up to 75 feet off flat ground Sunday. Miller, who has also dealt with hamstring and knee injuries, is on the disabled list for the third time this season.UP NEXTRays: Tampa Bay opens a three-game series at Toronto on Monday. Cash didn’t announce the starting pitcher, but RHP Ryne Stanek (2-3, 2.77 ERA) appears to be the leading candidate.Indians: RHP Adam Plutko (4-4, 4.94 ERA) will pitch the opener of a three-game series Monday against Kansas City. RHP Jakob Junis (7-12, 4.53) will start for the Royals. CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley kept his cool and delivered for the Cleveland Indians.Brantley singled in the winning run in the 11th inning, and Cleveland beat the Red Sox 5-4 on Saturday night to delay Boston’s bid for a club-record 106th victory and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.The sellout crowd of 35 Edinson Volquez Jersey ,095 was on its feet when Brantley came to bat, but the All-Star said he felt no pressure.“I try to take every at-bat the same,” he said. “I go to the plate trying to make sure I get a good pitch to drive and make it possible to get that runner in from third.”Brantley did exactly that and was mobbed by his teammates, who dumped the contents of the dugout water coolers over his head.“It’s a little cold out tonight to be getting Gatorade baths,” he said.Yan Gomes started the 11th with an infield hit off Drew Pomeranz (2-6), sliding to the bag ahead of first baseman Brock Holt’s tag after third baseman Rafael Devers‘ off-line throw.Greg Allen singled pinch-runner Rajai Davis to second, the runners executed a double steal and Francisco Lindor was intentionally walked. Brantley hit a 1-1 pitch over left fielder Andrew Benintendi and in front of the warning track.Tyler Olson (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings.AL East champion Boston (105-50) has matched the team wins record set in 1912. One Boston win or Houston loss would give the Red Sox home field throughout the postseason and ensure a Division Series matchup against the wild card winner.“We’ll turn the page tomorrow,” manager Alex Cora said. “Drew threw Brantley a breaking ball up in the zone.”Benintendi tied the score 4-4 with a two-run single in the eighth off Brad Hand after Mitch Moreland’s leadoff single and Jackie Bradley Jr.’s double against Andrew Miller, who had pitched a scoreless seventh. Benintendi was thrown out trying for a double by Brantley in left.Mike Clevinger struck out six in five innings and raised his total to 202, making the Indians the first team in major league history to have four pitchers reach 200 in the same season. Carlos Carrasco (217), Trevor Bauer (215) and Corey Kluber (205) are the others.“It was kind of a cool thing to see,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “It kind of sneaked up on me tonight when it happened, but those guys ought to be proud of themselves.”Devers and Blake Swihart hit solo home runs off Clevinger, who walked five and threw 103 pitches.Francisco Lindor had run-scoring singles in the second and fourth. Josh Donaldson had two hits, including an RBI single in the third.Rick Porcello allowed four runs — three earned— in five innings.Mookie Betts was out of the lineup for the second straight night. Xander Bogaerts Kendall Graveman Jersey , Benintendi and Bradley returned after not starting Friday. Martinez, the major league leader in RBIs, was in right field after being a designated hitter Friday.Betts, who leads the majors with a .339 batting average, hasn’t played right field since leaving Sunday’s game with soreness in his left side. He didn’t play Tuesday and was the designated hitter Wednesday and Thursday.Devers homered for the second straight night in the third. Swihart led off the fourth with a line drive that cleared the wall in right field.LOOKING AHEADCora was encouraged by Boston’s rally against Miller and Hand.“Those were good at-bats,” he said. “Who knows, we might face them later on in October, so it’s good to face them — and also good to be successful against them.”TAKE A BREAKCody Allen, the Indians’ closer most of the season, hasn’t pitched since Cleveland clinched the division a week ago. Francona wanted he right-hander to rest to prepare for the postseason. Francona said Allen will throw a bullpen in the next couple of days and resume a normal workload during the final trip.MANAGER’S SUMMITFrancona and Cora talked briefly on the field during batting practice. Cora played four years in Boston while Francona managed the Red Sox, and the two have become close friends.STILL A GOBauer is scheduled to start Tuesday in Kansas City and is expected to throw between 60-65 pitches. He pitched 1 1/3 innings and threw 34 pitches Friday in his first appearance since Aug. 17, when his right leg was broken by a line drive.UP NEXTIndians RHP Adam Plutko (4-5, 5.27 ERA) is to take the mound in Cleveland’s regular-season home finale. RHP Hector Velazquez (7-2, 3.18 ERA) will start for the Red Sox.