ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Cleveland turned to the long ball to tighten the AL wild-card race.
Coco Crisp, Grady Sizemore and Jhonny Peralta homered for Cleveland, which has won five straight to move within a percentage point of Oakland and the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card race. It was Cleveland's eighth straight road win and the Indians (69-56) are a season-high 13 games over .500.
"Everybody contributed," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "It's nice to see guys coming together like that."
Travis Lee and Jorge Cantu homered for Tampa Bay, which had a five-game winning streak end. The Devil Rays had beaten the Indians six straight times, including a three-game sweep earlier this month at Cleveland.
"We knew we had to come here and play hard," Peralta said.
Travis Hafner broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh with a sacrifice fly off reliever Travis Miller (1-1). Martinez followed with his two-run shot. Broussard hit a two-run drive off Jesus Colome before Sizemore and Crisp added RBI singles to make it 11-4.
"We had momentum," Broussard said. "We got good swings and put up numbers tonight."
The seventh inning ended when Devil Rays center fielder Joey Gathright crashed into the wall after making a running catch to take away a potential two-run extra-base hit from Peralta. Gathright left after the play with a bruised left shoulder and is considered day to day.
"A situation like that, you just don't think about anything ... you just go get it," Gathright said. "They were scoring runs ... we wanted to get out of that inning any way you can. You just go until the wall stops you."
Crisp put the Indians up 1-0 in the first with his homer.
Lee hit a three-run homer to give the Devil Rays a 3-1 lead in the second. Lee's drive came after Aubrey Huff and Jonny Gomes started the inning by drawing walks from Kevin Millwood (7-10). The right-hander had walked only two batters over 29 innings in his four previous starts.
"Walks are never good, and one of the bad pitches I made was to Lee and he hit it out of the park," Millwood said. "I didn't think I had great stuff. I started feeling better by the fifth inning and started battling through it."
Millwood went six innings, giving up four runs and five hits. He had seven strikeouts and three walks.
Sizemore's two-run homer and a solo shot by Peralta off Doug Waechter gave the Indians a 4-3 lead in the third. Peralta has 20 homers, three short of tying Woodie Held's team record for a shortstop set in 1961.
Tampa Bay tied it at 4 in the bottom of the third on Cantu's solo homer. He is 9-for-18 with four homers and seven RBIs against Cleveland this season.
"We hit some balls hard," Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said. "We just got blown out there in the seventh inning. They've got some talent over there. A good young ballclub. They're right in the hunt for the postseason."
Waechter allowed four runs and eight hits -- including three homers -- in six innings. He struck out six and walked one.
|Victor Martinez follow the trajectory of his two-run shot in the seventh inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Grady Sizemore, CF||5||2||3||3||0||0||0||.292|
|Coco Crisp, LF||4||1||3||2||0||0||0||.296|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||4||2||2||1||1||1||3||.305|
|Travis Hafner, DH||4||0||0||1||0||0||1||.314|
|Victor Martinez, C||5||1||2||2||0||2||1||.278|
|Ron Belliard, 2B||4||1||1||0||1||0||0||.285|
|Ben Broussard, 1B||4||1||1||2||1||0||0||.256|
|Aaron Boone, 3B||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.238|
|Casey Blake, RF||5||2||2||0||0||2||3||.243|
|2B - Jhonny Peralta (27, Waechter)|
|HR - Grady Sizemore (15, Waechter), Coco Crisp (10, Waechter), Jhonny Peralta (20, Waechter), Victor Martinez (16, Miller), Ben Broussard (13, Colome)|
|SF - Travis Hafner (2)|
|SH - Coco Crisp (7)|
|RBI - Grady Sizemore 3 (66), Coco Crisp 2 (49), Jhonny Peralta (63), Travis Hafner (76), Victor Martinez 2 (60), Ben Broussard 2 (45)|
|2-OUT RBI - Grady Sizemore (29), Coco Crisp (21), Victor Martinez 2 (23), Ben Broussard 2 (14)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Kevin Millwood (W,7-10)||6||5||4||4||3||7||2||3.23|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 106-71, Scott Sauerbeck 8-5, Rafael Betancourt 9-9, Fernando Cabrera 7-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 3-8, Scott Sauerbeck 2-1, Rafael Betancourt 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 26, Scott Sauerbeck 3, Rafael Betancourt 3, Fernando Cabrera 3|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Julio Lugo, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.293|
|Carl Crawford, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.282|
|Jorge Cantu, 2B||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.291|
|Aubrey Huff, RF||3||1||0||0||1||1||0||.260|
|Jonny Gomes, DH||3||1||0||0||1||3||0||.281|
|Travis Lee, 1B||3||1||1||3||1||1||0||.271|
|Alex Gonzalez, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.264|
|Pete Laforest, C||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.206|
|Joey Gathright, CF||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.289|
|a- Damon Hollins, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.260|
|a-grounded out for Gathright in the 7th|
|HR - Jorge Cantu (20, Millwood), Travis Lee (7, Millwood)|
|RBI - Jorge Cantu (82), Travis Lee 3 (28)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jorge Cantu (30)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Trever Miller (L,1-1)||0.2||2||3||3||1||0||1||4.91|
|IBB - Peralta by Trever Miller|
|WP - Trever Miller (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Doug Waechter 102-68, Trever Miller 23-14, Jesus Colome 30-18, Tim Corcoran 9-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Waechter 5-7, Trever Miller 1-1, Jesus Colome 2-2, Tim Corcoran 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Doug Waechter 27, Trever Miller 5, Jesus Colome 10, Tim Corcoran 3|
|Attendance - 8564|
|Game Time - 2:54|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Larry Poncino|