Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 6-3 win Sunday over Indians

On Jose Alvarado’s resiliency, Avisail Garcia’s dazzling defense, and how it’s rarely ever easy.
Jose Alvarado had reason to celebrate with catcher Erik Kratz after closing out the Indians on Sunday. [RON SCHWANE \ Associated Press]
Jose Alvarado had reason to celebrate with catcher Erik Kratz after closing out the Indians on Sunday. [RON SCHWANE \ Associated Press]
Published May 26

• Jose Alvarado displayed his resiliency for a second straight weekend. After giving up the game-deciding runs in a three-walk outing Friday, he came back and cleaned up a mess in the ninth Sunday to seal a closer-than-needed 6-3 win. “The next day is the next day,’’ he said.

• Avisail Garcia has been an impressive addition based on his hard contact and high production at the plate. But don’t ignore his better-than-you-think defense, which he showed off again Sunday with a running, leaping catch in deep right, described by several Rays as “unbelievable.’’

• Showing again that it’s rarely easy for the Rays, what was a comfy 6-1 margin got, in manager Kevin Cash’s words, “a little sketchy there at the end.’’ Adam Kolarek’s bad outing was the issue as he loaded the bases and gave up two runs before Alvarado saved him and the day.

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