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Tribe no-hit in Tampa, losing streak reaches 9

Published: Jul. 7, 2021 at 3:28 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - It just keeps getting worse for the Cleveland Indians, who were no-hit 4-0 by five Tampa Bay relievers Wednesday in game two of a doubleheader.

It doesn’t count as an official no-hitter because it was only a 7-inning game, but it’s the 3rd time this season Cleveland has been no-hit.

The Indians were swept in the twinbill and have now lost 9 in a row.

“They don’t have a 12-man pitching staff, they have about 17 or 18,” Tribe manager Terry Francona said after game two. “But they make it work.”

“The one thing I know is the way not to (battle out of this) is feel sorry for yourself. We gotta try to stay positive and keep making sure we’re pulling in the same direction.”

Francona’s longest career losing streak is 11 straight with the Phillies in 1999.

Sam Hentges took the loss in game two, allowing 4 runs in 4 1/3 innings.

In game one, the Rays rolled 8-1.

Kevin Kiermaier drove in 5 for the Rays, who chased starter J.C. Mejia (1-4) with 3 runs in the first inning and 3 more in the third.

Brandon Lowe and Brett Phillips also homered in support of winning pitcher Michael Wacha.

Franmil Reyes provided the only Tribe run with a solo homer off Wacha in the second. It was also Reyes’ 26th birthday.

The doubleheader was necessary after Tuesday’s game was washed out due to Tropical Storm Elsa.

The Tribe head home now for a 4-game weekend series with Kansas City before next week’s All-Star break.

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