ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Travis Lee hurt the Cleveland
"It was a lot of fun," said Lee, who had 11 RBI over his
previous 50 games. "We got great pitching by McClung, and the
offense did well."
The Devil Rays have won four of six against Cleveland this
season. Lee had a pinch-hit homer off closer Bob Wickman in the
ninth inning of Tampa Bay's 1-0 win over the Indians on Aug. 14.
"Travis has been swinging the bat since the break," Tampa Bay
manager Lou Piniella said. "He's been productive, he really has.
It's good to see. He's worked hard at it."
Victor Martinez homered and had two RBI for the Indians, who
are less than a percentage point behind the New York Yankees and
Oakland in the AL wild-card race. Cleveland had won nine straight
on the road.
"I'm not happy because I hit a homer," Martinez said. "When
I'm happy is when I help my team win, and we didn't do that
Lee had an RBI single in the first and a two-run double in the
third off Scott Elarton (7-7). Lee went 2-for-2 against Elarton
after having one hit in his previous 11 at-bats against the
right-hander. Lee's fourth RBI came on a groundout the eighth.
McClung (5-7) allowed three runs and seven hits over seven
innings for Tampa Bay, which has won nine of 12. Over his past
three outings -- two against Cleveland -- he has given up five runs
in 19 1-3 innings.
"My performance, it's nothing compared to what those guys did
today," McClung said of Tampa Bay's hitters. "It's about them.
Tonight those guys went out there and shined. I just tried to get
them back up there as quick as I could."
Aubrey Huff had a sacrifice fly in the fourth and a two-run
homer in the sixth for the Devil Rays, who finished with 16 hits
and scored in every inning but the fifth.
Elarton gave up seven runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings. He is
0-2 in his last four starts, both losses to Tampa Bay.
"It's just one of those days," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge
said. "We just didn't have a very good day. We've got to put it
behind us and be ready to go tomorrow."
RBI singles by Jorge Cantu and Lee put the Devil Rays ahead 2-0
in the first. Cantu has four homers and eight RBI in six games
against Cleveland this season.
Alex Gonzalez made it 3-0 with a run-scoring double in the
Casey Blake hit an RBI single and Martinez had a sacrifice fly
for Cleveland in the third, but the Devil Rays got the runs back in
the bottom of the inning on Lee's two-run double.
Carl Crawford drove in a run with his 14th triple of the season
and then scored on Huff's sacrifice fly that extended the Devil
Rays lead to 7-2 in the fourth.
Martinez hit a solo homer in the sixth. Huff connected for his
two-run shot off Brian Tallet in the bottom of the inning.
"They swung the bats pretty good, they scored a lot of run,"
Indians second baseman Ronnie Belliard said. "We've got to come
back tomorrow and do the same thing."
The umpiring crew was greeted with a chorus of boos when
they took the field. The fans' response came the day after it
appeared the umpires missed a balk by Wickman that would have tied
Tuesday's game with two outs in the ninth. Cleveland won 5-4. ...
Indians SS Jhonny Peralta was rested. ... Tampa Bay CF Joey
Gathright (sore left shoulder) was out of the lineup for the second
straight game. ... The Devil Rays 13 runs and 16 hits were the most
ever against Cleveland. ... The Devil Rays had the leadoff batter
reached base in six of eight innings and they all scored.
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