Carrasco, who came within one out of pitching a no-hitter against the Rays at Tropicana Field on July 1, 2015, fell seven outs shy of turning the trick on Friday night. Joey Butler broke up Carrasco’s bid in 2015, and Logan Morrison did so on Friday when he ripped a single to right with two outs in the seventh.
Carrasco finished with no runs allowed on two hits and two walks while striking out 10 in eight innings to move to 11-5 on the season.
Carrasco and Rays starter Jacob Faria were perfect through four innings. But the Indians got busy in the fifth when Edwin Encarnacion led off the inning with his 23rd home run. Faria needed 32 pitches to finish the fifth, with the Indians scoring four more times to take a 5-0 lead.
Faria allowed five runs on six hits and three walks while striking out seven en route to his third loss of the season.
Indians: Mike Clevinger (5-4, 4.00) rejoins the rotation to make his first start since July 31 at 6:10 p.m. ET Saturday at Tropicana Field. The right-hander gave up 10 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings in his last two starts before a short stint in the bullpen that consisted of a lone appearance in which three scored off him in an inning of work.
Rays: Chris Archer (8-6, 3.80) will oppose Clevinger for the Rays. Archer has made 15 consecutive starts of at least six innings, a career-long streak and the longest by a Rays pitcher since David Price reached 15 from May 13 to July 30, 2014.
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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2004.
Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Indians on Friday.
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