The Indians proved to be remarkably resilient this afternoon. It made sense that their two biggest contributors, Ubaldo Jimenez and Jason Giambi, had gotten sufficient rest.

Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez allowed four hits in eight innings and Jason Giambi went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer as the Tribe defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-0, at Progressive Field.

Paid attendance: 22,748.

The Indians (30-25) rebounded from a 9-2 loss to the Rays on Friday night. The series opener, delayed three times for a combined 4 hours, 49 minutes, wrapped at 2:53 a.m. Jimenez exited the ballpark long before the marathon ended; Giambi did not play. So they were primed and ready to help their tired teammates.

Jimenez made his first pitch at 1:06 p.m. He ended up walking the batter, Matt Joyce, on five pitches. That was as shaky as Jimenez got.

The Rays managed one hit through five. It came on a bunt single by lefty Luke Scott with one out in the second. Scott simply wanted to beat a shift. Jimenez retired the next 11. The second hit was Yunel Escobar's infield single to third leading off the sixth.

The Rays did not really dent Jimenez until Desmond Jennings doubled with one out in the seventh. Jennings went with a breaking ball away and shot the gap in right-center. Jimenez stranded him be striking out Scott and getting Ryan Roberts to fly to center.

Jimenez walked one and struck out seven. He threw 72 of 108 pitches for strikes. He and catcher Carlos Santana worked seamlessly and kept the Rays guessing.