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Ubaldo Jimenez pitched eight scoreless innings and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 on Saturday.
Jason Giambi and Asdrubal Cabrera hit two-run homers in the game that began about 10 hours following the conclusion of Friday night's contest that ended at 2:53 a.m. on Saturday after nearly five hours of rain delays.
Jimenez (4-3) gave the Indians exactly what they needed. The right-hander allowed four hits and struck out seven in stopping Tampa Bay's six-game winning streak. The Rays, who rolled to a 9-2 win earlier Saturday morning, had only two runners reach second base.
Giambi, homering in his third straight game, gave the Indians a 2-0 lead in the second. He added an RBI single in third while Cabrera's two-run blast came in the fifth.
Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer (0-1), called up from Triple A-Durham before the game, allowed five runs in four innings. He faced three batters in the fifth and was pulled after Nick Swisher lined a single off his glove following Cabrera's home run. The force of the blow knocked Archer to the ground. He was uninjured but was removed by manager Joe Maddon.
No one could blame either team for feeling tired after a long night at the ballpark Friday when three rain delays totaling 4:49 pushed a game that began on the last day of May into the early hours of the first day in June. Neihter team took batting practice on the field Saturday for the game that began at 1:05 p.m.
Jimenez, winning for the first time since May 11, came within three outs of his fourth career complete game shutout and first since 2011 while pitching for Colorado. He was pulled after throwing 108 pitches. Vinnie Pestano pitched the ninth for Cleveland's eighth shutout of the season.
After being held to one hit by four pitchers in Friday's marathon, the Indians woke up against Archer. Nick Swisher drew a leadoff walk in the second before Giambi homered to right on a 2-1 pitch. The veteran slugger also hit a pinch-hit home run Monday against Cincinnati and added a three-run homer against the Reds on Wednesday.
The 42-year-old Giambi, signed to a minor league contract in Februray, doubled home Jason Kipnis in the third. Kipnis started the rally with a one-out double. Giambi has five homers and 19 RBIs for the season.
Kipnis also started the fifth-inning rally with a leadoff single and scored when Cabrera hit an 0-1 pitch to right for his fifth homer of the season.
Archer, the Indians' fifth-round selection in 2006, gave up seven hits, struck out four and walked three.
NOTES: Friday's lengthy game forced both teams to makes roster moves with their pitching staffs. The Indians optioned LHP Scott Barnes to Triple-A Columbus and recalled RHP Ryan Langewell from Columbus. Barnes was the losing pitcher Friday, allowing five runs in one inning. ... The Rays optioned LHP Jeff Beliveau to Durham to open a roster spot for Archer. RHP Josh Lueke, who pitched two innings Friday, was also optioned to Durham while LHP Alex Torres was recalled from the same club. Torres allowed one hit in four scoreless innings Saturday. ... Friday's one-hitter was the 10th in Rays' history and the second involving four or more pitchers. ... Tampa Bay LHP Matt Moore, who started Friday's game but only pitched the first inning because of the rain delays, is scheduled to start Thursday in Detroit but that could be pushed up a day or two. ... Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson (2-2) is scheduled to start Sunday's series finale against RHP Zach McAllister (4-4).
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