Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona misses second game with head cold

CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona missed his second straight game Sunday with a head cold.

President of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said Francona is "still under the weather" and the team's medical staff felt he would benefit from another day resting at home. He will get more time to recover with the Indians off Monday.

"More than anything we want to make sure it doesn't continue to get worse, and we're trying to minimize the chance that it spreads," Antonetti said. "He's still not feeling great, but hopefully he turns the corner soon."

Antonetti said Francona, who is in his ninth season with Cleveland, had a negative COVID-19 test.

Several of the Indians players were dealing with congestion and other cold symptoms when they returned from a recent road trip.

With bench coach DeMarlo Hale filling in for the second straight day, Cleveland went on to defeat Tampa Bay 3-2 on Sunday. The win snapped the Indians' 11-game losing streak against the Rays, and kept them from dropping under .500 for the first time since May 1.

Bobby Bradley's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning capped Cleveland's late rally.

"It shows character,'' Hale said. "They're not going to give up. There's some resiliency with these guys."