Indians manager Terry Francona had a rough afternoon.
His team's pitching staff wasn't any better.
The Tampa Bay Rays got 14 hits off Cleveland starter Zach McAllister and four relievers, including home runs by Yunel Escobar and Evan Longoria, in an 11-3 victory over the Indians on Sunday.
If there was a bright side for Francona, he was able to watch part of the defeat from the clubhouse after being ejected in the fifth inning. Home plate umpire Bill Welke tossed Francona before he exited the dugout following a 1-0 pitch to Nick Swisher that appeared to be low and outside.
''I thought his strike zone was inconsistent all day, not just on that one pitch,'' Francona said. ''After the game, I told Bill, `In fairness to you, I went back and looked at all the pitches, and I feel stronger now than I did when I was yelling at you from the dugout.' ''
Francona broke into a small smile and added, ''I may have cursed (during the postgame conversation).''
Francona's first ejection of the...