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CLEVELAND -- Jorge Cantu is seeing the ball well for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Cantu hit two of the Devil Rays' season-high five homers, and Seth McClung overcame a long rain delay to take a shutout into the sixth inning in an 8-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.
"They just handed it to us," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said said.
Right fielder Casey Blake left with a bruised right shoulder and the Indians lost for only the third time in 12 games to fall 4½ games back in the AL wild-card race.
The Devil Rays' second straight win gave them their first series victory in Cleveland. Tampa Bay had gone 0-8-1 in nine previous trips to Jacobs Field, winning only seven of 28 games before this season.
"We're not going to win every game, but now we do have to try and salvage one in this series and move on from there," Wedge said.
Cantu hit a two-run homer in the third as Tampa Bay took a 4-0 lead against Scott Elarton (7-6). Cantu hit a solo shot, his 18th of the season, off Jeremy Guthrie in the seventh. It was Cantu's third homer in two nights and third career multihomer game, all this season.
"I'm seeing the ball pretty good right now and swinging the bat well, too," Cantu said.
Julio Lugo, Aubrey Huff and Jonny Gomes each hit a solo homer -- with Gomes' shot in the seventh traveling an estimated 461 feet to left-center, two rows of seats from becoming just the third ball to hit the scoreboard at Jacobs Field.
"You don't see that in a game very often," said Gomes, who hit a 474-foot homer July 9 at Tropicana Field. "This one felt better. It was a rush."
McClung (3-7) won for the third time in five starts since July 22. The right-hander, who missed most of the 2003 season and all of 2004 after having Tommy John surgery, gave up one run and four hits over 5 1/3 innings. He bounced back from a poor outing Sunday in which he gave up six runs in 2 2/3 innings in a 10-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
He said he wasn't worried about coming back after the long delay and believed he actually pitched better.
"I wasn't going to come out unless (manager) Lou (Piniella) forced me out," said McClung. "I actually threw better. I can't explain that, but I did."
Lugo led off the game by hitting an 0-1 pitch over the wall for his fourth homer. Two outs later, Aubrey Huff hit his 17th of the season to right field.
Elarton allowed four runs and five hits over three innings, falling to 1-3 in six starts since July 17. He did not come back after an 80-minute rain delay in the bottom of the third.
"It wasn't worth the risk," Elarton said of not returning. "I'm not surprised Eric went to the bullpen."
Guthrie, called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Buffalo, gave up one run in the fourth, making it 5-0. He gave up four runs overall in six innings -- the longest outing by a Cleveland reliever this season.
"I was hoping to keep it a little closer, but overall it felt good to go that long," said Guthrie, adding he was shocked at Gomes' homer on a 3-1 pitch.
"I left a fastball over the plate and he sure hit it a long way," he said.
Cleveland got to 5-1 in the sixth. Coco Crisp walked and scored on a double by Travis Hafner. McClung then walked Victor Martinez and was replaced by Chad Orvella, who got two quick outs to end the threat.
Grady Sizemore hit his 14th home run in the ninth for Cleveland's second run.
Tampa Bay is 9-8 on the road after going just 8-35 away from home before the All-Star break. The Devil Rays are 17-11 overall in the second half. ... Hafner extended his hitting streak to nine games. He has hit .324 (12-for-37) during the streak. ... Martinez went 3-for-3 to put his hitting streak at 11 games. He is 21-for-45 (.467). ... Lugo is hitting .333 (36-for-108) since the All-Star break.
|Players of the Game|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Julio Lugo, SS||5||1||1||1||0||1||5||.298|
|Carl Crawford, LF||5||1||1||0||0||0||4||.289|
|Jorge Cantu, 2B||5||3||3||3||0||0||0||.292|
|Aubrey Huff, RF||5||1||3||1||0||1||0||.267|
|Jonny Gomes, DH||2||2||1||2||2||0||0||.284|
|Travis Lee, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.271|
|Alex Gonzalez, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.260|
|Pete Laforest, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.200|
|Joey Gathright, CF||4||0||3||1||0||0||0||.300|
|2B - Carl Crawford (22, Elarton), Jorge Cantu (29, Guthrie), Joey Gathright (4, Guthrie)|
|HR - Julio Lugo (4, Elarton), Jorge Cantu 2 (18, Elarton, Guthrie), Aubrey Huff (17, Elarton), Jonny Gomes (15, Guthrie)|
|SF - Jonny Gomes (3)|
|SH - Alex Gonzalez (1)|
|RBI - Julio Lugo (45), Jorge Cantu 3 (77), Aubrey Huff (74), Jonny Gomes 2 (30), Joey Gathright (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jorge Cantu 2 (27), Aubrey Huff (34)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Cantu-Lugo-Lee|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Seth McClung (W,3-7)||5.1||4||1||1||3||4||0||7.17|
|Chad Orvella (H,8)||2.2||4||0||0||0||5||0||3.96|
|HBP - Blake (by Seth McClung)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Seth McClung 102-65, Chad Orvella 45-30, Trever Miller 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Seth McClung 3-8, Chad Orvella 1-2, Trever Miller 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Seth McClung 23, Chad Orvella 12, Trever Miller 5|
|Grady Sizemore, CF||4||1||1||1||1||1||2||.291|
|Coco Crisp, LF||4||1||1||0||1||0||2||.294|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||5||0||1||0||0||2||4||.304|
|Travis Hafner, DH||5||0||1||1||0||2||2||.312|
|Victor Martinez, C||3||0||3||0||1||0||0||.286|
|Ron Belliard, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||3||.290|
|Jeff Liefer, 1B-RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||7||.224|
|Aaron Boone, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.234|
|Casey Blake, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.242|
|Ben Broussard, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.257|
|2B - Coco Crisp (29, Orvella), Travis Hafner (28, McClung), Ron Belliard (26, Orvella)|
|HR - Grady Sizemore (14, Miller)|
|RBI - Grady Sizemore (62), Travis Hafner (67)|
|SB - Grady Sizemore (15, 2nd base off McClung/Laforest)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Belliard-Peralta-Liefer, Guthrie-Broussard|
|Scott Elarton (L,7-6)||3||5||4||4||0||1||3||4.58|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Elarton 41-26, Jeremy Guthrie 82-49|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Elarton 4-3, Jeremy Guthrie 10-5|
|Batters Faced - Scott Elarton 13, Jeremy Guthrie 29|
|Attendance - 34765|
|Game Time - 2:45|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor|