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Rays no-hit into seventh in loss to Indians (w/video)

ST. PETERSBURG — You know the Rays are having a bad night when Carlos Carrasco is on the mound and Joey Butler is a topic of conversation in the dugout.

Butler, for the non-Rays historians, broke up a no-hit attempt by Carrasco with two out in the ninth inning on July 1, 2015, at Tropicana Field.

Carrasco did not carry a no-no as deep Friday, thanks to Logan Morrison's two-out single in the seventh inning.

But the Indians right-hander was just as sharp, holding the Rays to a pair of hits over eight innings in Cleveland's 5-0 victory in front of 16,794 at Tropicana Field.

It was the fourth time the Rays (59-58) have been shut out in seven games on this homestand and the fifth in 18 overall.

It was also the third time since July 28 that the Rays were no-hit through at least five innings and the second time on this homestand. Milwaukee's Zach Davies didn't allow his first hit Aug. 5 until Lucas Duda singled with one out in the sixth.

"Obviously, a lot of credit goes to (Carrasco), but we have to do a better job as an offense," Morrison said. "We have to find a way to turn it around. We will."

The Rays thought they did Thursday, when they exploded for 11 hits and four runs while taking the first game of this four-game series. But the offense returned to its dormant state Friday.

As a result, the Rays slipped out of the second wild-card spot in the American League.

At least they got a hit.

"I think when they got a 5-0 lead, I was like, 'It's going to be a bad night,' " Morrison said. "Being able to get a hit on the board took some pressure off. Nobody wants to be on the other side of a no-hitter."

For a while it looked as if there might be a no-hitter at the Trop. The question was: By whom?

Rays rookie Jacob Faria retired the first 12 batters he faced.

Edwin Encarnacion ruined Faria's bid when he homered off the batters' eye in centerfield to open the fifth. The Indians sent 10 batters to the plate that inning and scored four times. Faria lost his command and started falling behind hitters, but the defense did not come to his rescue.

Catcher Wilson Ramos couldn't hold on to a bunt that Yan Gomes popped up. Third baseman Evan Longoria had one ground ball smack off his left thumb and another bounce off his chest. The Indians scored each time.

Brad Miller couldn't get his glove on a Jose Ramirez grounder that went for an RBI double.

What went wrong?

"Just falling behind hitters and not being able to put them away when I have two strikes," Faria said. "It's just a string of unfortunate events. (Longoria) gets that shot to him, a couple of things could have gone differently. It all comes down to execution, and I wasn't executing that inning."

Steven Souza Jr. broke up Carrasco's perfect game when he drew a one-out walk in the fifth. Morrison took care of the no-hitter two innings later.

"I think it's fair to say Carlos Carrasco enjoys pitching at this ballpark, for whatever reason," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Carrasco is 4-0 with a 1.11 ERA in five career games, including four starts, at the Trop.

"I think it's pretty special pitching here," he said. "I live here in the offseason, so I had a lot of friends and family coming (to the game)."

They liked what they saw.

The Rays, not so much.

"I'm fairly familiar with him," said Cash, the Indians' former bench coach. "When he puts it together on a given night, you're going to see that type of performance. That was a pretty good performance."

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