ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -
had another memorable at-bat during his outstanding rookie season.
homered to help the AL East-leading
Tampa Bay Rays
8-4 on Tuesday night.
Longoria's two-run drive in Tampa Bay's four-run seventh was his 22nd of the season, setting a team record for a rookie. Longoria
hit two long drives that landed in foul territory then took a pitch before connecting against
''Longo's at-bat was spectacular,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ''He thought the first foul ball he hit was the hardest
ball the whole at-bat.''
Longoria's 428-foot drive made it 6-3, and Floyd and Navarro added back-to-back shots later in the inning.
Longoria hit a grand slam off Toronto ace
on July 20 during a 10-pitch at-bat. He fouled two balls off his left ankle before the homer.
(8-7) won his third consecutive start, giving up three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. Four Rays relievers allowed one
run over the final 3 1-3 innings
''You've got to be thankful for them,'' Floyd said of the bullpen. ''If we're going to win, it's going to take them to keep
doing what they've been doing.''
(sore left hamstring) and shortstop
(right index finger) were out of the Rays lineup for the second consecutive game.
Tampa Bay stayed three games ahead of Boston and moved 6 1/2 games ahead of third-place New York.
hit a two-run homer in the third to put Cleveland ahead 3-1. He has six homers and 26 RBIs over his last 25 games.
Tampa Bay responded with three runs in the fourth. Navarro stopped an 0-for-14 slide with a two-out, two-run single, and scored
' triple to give the Rays a 4-3 lead.
''I really believe we showed a lot of heart,'' Maddon said. ''We wanted to win that game, and somehow we did. These guys (Cleveland)
have pressed us hard.''
had an RBI single in the eighth for Cleveland, which had won the first five games in the season series against Tampa Bay.
The Indians left 13 runners on base, and went 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
''It was a frustrating ballgame to say the least,'' manager
(5-4) lasted just four innings in his third start since returning from a left hip strain. He allowed four runs and three hits,
walked five and struck out four.
Carmona has given up 17 runs over 12 2-3 innings in his last three outings.
''It's been a little difficult to get in a good groove, especially today,'' Carmona said through a translator. ''I was trying
to get back into the strike zone, but I was unable.''
Shin-Soo Choo put the Indians ahead 1-0 with an RBI single in the first. The Rays tied it at 1 in the bottom half on
's sacrifice fly.
Cleveland loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth, but failed to score. Rays outfielder B.J. Upton caught pinch-hitter
's drive near the center-field fence to end the inning.
held the Rays' previous record for homers by a rookie, hitting 21 in 2005. ... The bat used by Indians C
during his major league record-tying five extra-base hit game on July 30 against Detroit has been sent to the Hall of Fame.
... Tampa Bay recalled SS
from Triple-A Durham and optioned Gomes to its top farm club. ... Indians 3B
stopped an 0-for-20 skid with an eighth-inning double.