The rookie right-hander will try for a better outing in his second consecutive start against the Rays on Monday night, while Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb seeks to build off a win in Cleveland just before the All-Star break.
McAllister (3-1, 3.40 ERA) yielded one hit over his first five innings while helping Cleveland build a 5-0 lead over Tampa Bay on July 8. However, he was unable to make it through the sixth.
McAllister gave up four unearned runs and three hits while recording two outs in the sixth, and did not get a decision in an eventual 7-6 loss. Desmond Jennings and Luke Scott each hit two-run doubles off him.
"It's part of the game," McAllister told the team's website. "As a pitcher, you want to pick up your guys, get outs, and not let the runs score. I was not able to do that."
He'll try again for that third straight win in the opener of a four-game series at Tropicana Field and will pitch opposite Cobb (4-5, 4.89), who had a solid outing against Cleveland following a difficult stretch.
The Rays right-hander gave up three runs and six hits over six innings during a 10-3 victory July 6 after going 1-5 with a 5.77 ERA in his six previous starts.
"It's nice to know my stuff will work against them," Cobb told the team's website. "They're going to make adjustments, and you've got to adjust back to that. Every outing, it depends on you. It depends on if your stuff is working, if you can execute your pitches. If you can do that most of the game, you should be fine."
Cobb will try to help Tampa Bay recover after losing two of three at home to Boston in its return from the All-Star break. The Rays (46-43) have alternated wins and losses over their last six games and split four in Cleveland to end the first half.
The Indians (45-43), meanwhile, are 2-4 in their last six after dropping their final two games in Toronto over the weekend. They were limited to five hits in a 3-0 loss in Sunday's series finale, their 11th defeat in 16 road games.
Cleveland's chances of ending those woes don't appear promising as it's dropped 10 of 12 at Tropicana Field and lost two of three in the lone visit last season.
Michael Brantley will try to help his team produce a better result while adding to a 12-game hit streak. The outfielder, batting .460 with 10 RBIs during that run, was 7 for 14 in the four-game set against the Rays.
A 3 for 4 performance in the series finale was the first of his four consecutive multihit games. Brantley is 11 for 15 (.733) over that stretch but went 0 for 2 against Cobb on July 6.
|June 30, 2012||Lonnie Chisenhall||15-Day DL||Fractured right ulna - out 4-6 weeks|
|June 29, 2012||Lonnie Chisenhall||Day-to-Day||Fractured right ulna - out 4-6 weeks|
|June 05, 2012||Jose Lopez||Day-to-Day||Sore lower back|
|May 27, 2012||Jack Hannahan||15-Day DL||Strained left calf|
|May 27, 2012||Jack Hannahan||15-Day DL||Strained left calf|
|May 26, 2012||Carlos Santana||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|July 02, 2012||Hideki Matsui||Day-to-Day||Left game - left hamstring tightness|
|June 30, 2012||Jeremy Hellickson||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised right shin|
|June 29, 2012||David Price||Day-to-Day||Left game - lower back tightness|
|June 20, 2012||Matt Joyce||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|June 17, 2012||Matt Joyce||Day-to-Day||Flu|
|June 15, 2012||Jeremy Hellickson||15-Day DL||Right shoulder fatigue|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Zach McAllister took a line drive to the forearm and kept right on pitching.
The Cleveland right-hander shrugged off the scary moment to finish six solid innings Monday night, and the Indians held on to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2.
McAllister (4-1) said he was not affected by being struck by Jeff Keppinger 's RBI single in the fourth inning. Unfazed, he remained in the game to retire the next six batters and eight of the last nine he faced overall after struggling early.
"This whole game was a battle for me," McAllister said. "I had a good mix (of pitches). I wouldn't say anything was great, but I was able to mix pretty well."
Shin-Soo Choo had an RBI double in the third after he had what initially was ruled a home run overturned by instant replay in the first for Cleveland.
The umpires huddled after Rays center fielder B.J. Upton signaled that the ball hit high off the wall instead of clearing it and bouncing back onto the field. Choo was sent back to second base and eventually scored on a passed ball that gave the Indians an early lead on Alex Cobb (4-6).
Choo scored again in the third when Jason Kipnis doubled to make it 3-0. The Indians squandered several chances to break the game open, going 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
"We had a lot of opportunities to score runs, we know that. Wasn't very good night executing offensively, but we won the ballgame," Cleveland manager Manny Acta said. "These guys have been able to win close ballgames the whole year. They'll fight, they'll fight and fight. Tonight it was the case when it looked like it was going to be one of those games that at the end was going to bite you."
McAllister allowed one run and three hits before being replaced by Esmil Rogers , who yielded a first-pitch home run to Desmond Jennings leading off the seventh. A pair of two-out walks put the potential tying run in scoring position before the third Indians pitcher of the inning, Vinnie Pestano , came on to strike out Ben Zobrist .
Pestano fanned pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad to escape another jam with two men on in the eighth. Chris Perez worked a perfect ninth, earning his 26th save in 28 opportunities.
The loss was the 12th in 18 games for the Rays, who continue to struggle offensively. They've been held to four runs or less 15 times during that stretch.
"Every game that you lose is frustrating. But mentally you've got to choose to ... look at the positives," said designated hitter Luke Scott , who had two hits and a stolen base. "You've got to look at how we battled."
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon agreed.
"Honestly, I'm not frustrated. The effort was great. A lot of the things we've been working on, we did well," Maddon said. "There's a lot of good stuff that happened. We just have to be a little more consistent in getting that hit, that run. But we played a pretty good game of baseball. When we play well and lose, I go home and I'm fine."
Pitching on seven days' rest, McAllister made his second consecutive start against the Rays. He retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced against them at home on July 8, but wound up allowing four runs and four hits over 5 2/3 innings and was not involved in the decision of a 7-6 loss.
The 24-year-old right-hander walked three and needed 41 pitches to get through the first two innings this time. He held the Rays hitless until B.J. Upton singled, leading off the fourth. Scott followed with a single and Keppinger drove in Tampa Bay's first run when he lined a pitch that struck McAllister on his follow-through.
Cleveland's trainer examined the spot where McAllister said he was hit, and the pitcher remained in the game. He avoided further damage in the inning when Jennings bounced into a double play and Jose Molina grounded out.
"McAllister started the game a little shaky. Was nibbling a lot," Acta said. "Then he got into a very good groove. Terrific recovery after the way he had started. And then after he got hit by the line drive right outside his elbow, we were a little worried about that, but he did a terrific job after that and gave us six good innings."
Notes: Cobb allowed three runs and five hits over 3 1/3 innings. ... The Indians said OF Trevor Crowe was released from Triple-A Columbus. ... Tampa Bay OF Matt Joyce , on the disabled list since June 22 with a left external oblique strain, could be nearing the end of a rehab assignment with Single-A Charlotte. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday and could rejoin the Rays before the end of this four-game series. ... Maddon said 3B Evan Longoria (partially torn left hamstring) may travel with the team to continue workouts during a road trip that begins next Tuesday at Baltimore.