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Indians get their 14th shutout win of the year in 3-0 victory over Rays; three takeaways

2. Edwin’s homer is the difference maker

The Cleveland Indians struggled to get any offensive momentum going against Tampa Bay starter Tyler Glasnow early on. The right-hander had a no-hitter going into the fifth inning, until Melky Cabrera recorded a two-out single.

But the fireworks for Cleveland didn’t come until the seventh frame when Edwin Encarnacion scored what would eventually be the winning run on a first-pitch solo homer to center. The homer gave Encarnacion his 92nd RBI of the season (fourth in the AL). He’s also driven in an RBI in each of the last five games.

Since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 22, Encarnacion has been on a tear, hitting .323 (10-for-31) with four homers, a double, 11 RBI and seven runs scored. His 11 RBI in that span are second most in the AL.

In the eighth inning, Cleveland scored two more runs. After getting a single, Greg Allen stole second and advanced to both third and home on two separate wild pitches. Francisco Lindor drew a walk in the next at-bat, then proceeded to steal second and third before Michael Brantley brought him home with an RBI single.

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Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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