ST. PETERSBURG -- Corey Dickerson's three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth gave the Rays a 4-1 win over the Indians on Thursday night at Tropicana Field.
The Rays (59-57) snapped a two-game losing streak, moving to within seven games of the American League East-leading Red Sox and to within 2 1/2 games of the Wild Card-leading Yankees, who lost to the Blue Jays. The Rays also moved to within a half-game of the Mariners for the second Wild Card spot, pending the outcome of Seattle's game vs. the Angels. The Indians (60-52) remain in first place in the AL Central.
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Adeiny Hechavarria started the winning rally when he singled off Nick Goody with one out in the eighth. He stole second and moved to third on the play when catcher Yan Gomes threw wild into center field. After Mallex Smith twice couldn't get down a suicide squeeze and struck out for the second out, Goody hit Jesus Sucre to bring Dickerson to the plate.
Dickerson was mired in an 0-for-21 cold spell, but he delivered, hitting the first pitch he saw from Goody over the center-field wall to give the Rays a 4-1 lead.
Francisco Lindor doubled to left off Rays starter Blake Snell to lead off the game. He moved to third on a groundout, then scored on Jose Ramirez's infield single to put the Indians up, 1-0.
Logan Morrison's RBI single in the fifth off Danny Salazar tied the game at 1.
Tommy Hunter pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win, while Alex Colome recorded the final three outs to preserve the victory and earn his 34th save of the season.
Salazar held the Rays to one run in 5 1/3 innings, walking four and striking out eight. Snell allowed one run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.
Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Indians on Thursday.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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