Against the run of play, Dejan Damjanovic turned Fatos

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CLEVELAND - Corey Klubers closing argument for the AL Cy Young Award was a convincing one. Omer Toprak Dortmund Jersey .Kluber struck out 11 in eight innings, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Friday night.The game concluded about an hour before the Indians were eliminated from playoff contention by Oaklands 6-2 victory at Texas. The As victory also put an end to Klubers breakout season.Kluber (18-9), who allowed five hits and walked two, is tied for the AL lead in wins. He recorded his 11th double-digit strikeout game of the season and leads the majors with 269 strikeouts.He looked like he was on a mission, but hes looked like that all season, Indians manager Terry Francona said. That was Corey Kluber at his best, and hes done it so many times.The race for the AL Cy Young Award appears to be down to Kluber and Seattles Felix Hernandez. The Mariners ace, who was roughed up in his last outing, is expected to start Sunday.Kluber, as he has all season, deflected talk of any personal achievement.Its not my call, Kluber said when asked about his chances. It would be a great accomplishment, but the biggest thing is the team winning.Cody Allen, who pitched a perfect ninth for his 24th save, believes Kluber should win baseballs biggest prize for a pitcher.Hes been our horse all year, Allen said. Hes an elite talent. Hes a guy you can run out there and match him up against anybody. Every time he pitches we have a pretty good chance to win. A guy like him is pretty special.Kluber was at his best when his team needed him the most, going 5-0 with a 1.12 ERA in his last five starts. He had recorded 14 strikeouts in each of his past two outings, becoming the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 2004 to have consecutive 14-strikeout games.Kluber also helped Cleveland set the major league record for strikeouts in a season when he fanned David DeJesus in the eighth inning for the teams 1,429th K of the season. Detroits pitchers fanned 1,428 in 2013.That says weve got pitchers on this staff with good stuff, Kluber said. That record speaks volumes for our staff.Jose Ramirez homered in the first for the games only run.Chris Archer (10-9) pitched 7 2-3 innings of three-hit ball for the Rays. The right-hander went 1-1 with a sparkling 0.86 ERA in his final three starts of the year.Klubers biggest jam came in the seventh. Matt Joyce reached on a one-out single and Kevin Kiermaier drew a four-pitch walk with two away. Kluber struck out Ryan Hanigan looking on a 2-2 pitch to end the inning.Kluber finished with a flourish, striking out DeJesus and Evan Longoria to end the eighth.Kluber struck out the side in the first and also fanned two in the third and fifth. James Loney led off the second with a single, but Nick Franklin bounced into a double play. After Matt Joyce walked, Brandon Guyer struck out.Loney singled with two out in the fourth, but Franklin grounded out. Kiermaier tripled with two down in the fifth, but Hanigan fouled out to first baseman Carlos Santana, who tumbled to the ground while making the catch.The elevated fastball was his friend, Rays manager Joe Maddon said. He did a nice job with that. He was not throwing the ball with the middle part of the plate very often tonight.The Indians scored 19 runs in Klubers previous three starts, but struggled again with their ace on the mound. Cleveland averaged just 1.1 runs in his nine losses.Archers only mistake cost him the game. He struck out six and walked two.WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKESIt was nearly a year ago, on Oct. 2, that the Rays were last in Cleveland, eliminating the Indians with a 4-0 victory in the AL wild-card game. Interestingly enough, Alex Cobb, who started that night for the Rays, will match up with the Indians starter from that game, Danny Salazar, on Sunday.PRAISE FOR THE CAPTAINFrancona wasnt surprised retiring Yankees SS Derek Jeter hit a game-ending single in his last home game Thursday night. That probably sums up Jeter, he said. Hes always ready for the moment. If it seems like theres more moments for him, maybe its because he makes those moments.UP NEXTRays: RHP Alex Colome (1-0) makes his third start and fifth appearance of the season Saturday. He allowed four runs in one inning in a relief appearance Sunday against the White Sox.Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (8-6) will try to finish on a strong note in his 14th start of the season. He held Kansas City to two runs in 7 1-3 innings Tuesday, but got the loss. Felix Passlack Dortmund Jersey . "Weve given ourselves now a tougher task," said Carlyle after the Friday practice, the Toronto head coach notably chipper and upbeat throughout. "But the bottom line is we just have to win our share of games [and] not worry about what anybody else is doing. Sebastian Rode Dortmund Jersey .com) - Carmelo Anthony tallied 31 points to help the New York Knicks continue their improved play of late with a 100-92 victory over a short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder squad.LONDON -- Englands gamble on Andros Townsend paid off as the winger capped an impressive debut by scoring in a 4-1 victory over Montenegro on Friday that kept the host in control of its pursuit of World Cup qualification. Heading into the final round of matches in Group H, England has a one-point lead over Ukraine, which beat Poland 1-0, with both ensured of at least making the playoff to reach the finals in Brazil. With Ukraine expected to easily overcome bottom-place San Marino on Tuesday, England will have to beat Poland on Tuesday to qualify automatically. "The job is half done if we want to qualify direct," England coach Roy Hodgson said. England only came to life after the break at Wembley Stadium, when Wayne Rooney put the hosts in front and Montenegro midfielder Branko Boskovic turned the ball into his own net. It seemed like there would be an anxious end when Dejan Damjanovic pulled one back for the visitors but Townsend then scored and Daniel Sturridge netted from the penalty spot in stoppage time. Hodgson pulled off a surprise by naming Townsend in the starting lineup for his first cap, capping a whirlwind year for the Tottenham winger. Four months ago, Townsend withdrew from the squad for the European under-21s championship before receiving a one-month ban and a fine of 18,000 pounds ($27,000) for breaching betting regulations. But a strong start to the season with Tottenham saw Townsend force his way into the senior international fold. From the start Friday, the 22-year-old Townsend used his pace down the right flank to trouble the visiting defence. "It cant be easy for a young player making his debut," Hodgson said. "He played with calmness and composure." Although Montenegro began to crowd out Townsend he managed to pick out Frank Lampard, who set up Steven Gerrard as the pressure built from Hodgsons side. England was facing a goalkeeper who, like Townsend, recently served a ban for breaching integrity rules. Vukasin Poleksics two-year suspension was for failing to rreport that match-fixers approached him before a Champions League match. Mario Gotze Dortmund Jersey. Poleksic didnt have a save to make until the 22nd minute, blocking Welbeck from a tight angle, and Joe Hart in the England goal was similarly quiet. Englands best opening was squandered just before halftime when Townsend had a low shot spilled and Rooney bundled the follow-up into the sidenetting. "It was a tough game at halftime, you saw how difficult to break down they were, and well organized," Hodgson said. But Townsend ensured England made the perfect start to the second half after charging down the right and whipping in a cross that was half-cleared. Welbecks resulting shot was parried but Rooney managed to scuff the rebound into the net in the 49th minute. It was the Manchester United strikers sixth goal in five qualifiers. Englands Kyle Walker was then booked for a shirt-tug and the right back is now suspended for Tuesdays finale. But luck turned back in Englands favour in the 62nd. A backheel from Sturridge released Welbeck on the left flank, and his cross was inexplicably turned into the net by Boskovic when under no pressure. England had chances to extend its lead through Sturridge and Welbeck, and seemed to be cruising when Montenegro pulled one back to ensure there would be an anxious end. Against the run of play, Dejan Damjanovic turned Fatos Beqirajs shot beyond Hart in the 72nd. But the two-goal lead was restored six minutes later. Townsend picked up ball near halfway line and ran through the defence before sending a swerving shot in off the right hand post. The three points were no longer in doubt, and the gloss was put on the win by Sturridges penalty after the Liverpool striker was brought down. In Kharkiv, the only goal was scored by Andriy Yarmolenko in the 64th minute, ending Polands qualification hopes. 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