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Indians move within percentage point of wild-card perch

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Cleveland turned to the long ball to tighten the AL wild-card race.

Victor Martinez and Ben Broussard hit two-run homers in a seven-run seventh inning, leading the Indians to an 11-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Monday night.

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.

Notes

  • Crisp snapped an 0-for-12 slide with his homer.
  • Waechter has given up 31 homers in 130 1/3 career innings at Tropicana Field.
  • Sizemore has four homers and 16 RBI in his last 16 games.
  • Lee has 99 homers in his career.
  • The Indians also hit five homers on June 25 against Cincinnati.
  • Crisp is the ninth Cleveland player to have 10 or more homers this season. Texas and Cincinnati are the only other teams to accomplish the feat this year.
 
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Victor Martinez follow the trajectory of his two-run shot in the seventh inning. (AP)
Victor Martinez follow the trajectory of his two-run shot in the seventh inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

C. Crisp
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Cleveland

G. Sizemore
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF5233000 .292
Coco Crisp, LF4132000 .296
Jhonny Peralta, SS4221113 .305
Travis Hafner, DH4001001 .314
Victor Martinez, C5122021 .278
Ron Belliard, 2B4110100 .285
Ben Broussard, 1B4112100 .256
Aaron Boone, 3B5110013 .238
Casey Blake, RF5220023 .243
Totals401115113611 
Batting
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
Cleveland Indians
Kevin Millwood (W,7-10) 6544372 3.23
Scott Sauerbeck 1000000 2.84
Rafael Betancourt 1000010 3.14
Fernando Cabrera 1000000 1.08
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, SS4000002 .293
Carl Crawford, LF4000012 .282
Jorge Cantu, 2B4111002 .291
Aubrey Huff, RF3100110 .260
Jonny Gomes, DH3100130 .281
Travis Lee, 1B3113110 .271
Alex Gonzalez, 3B4010000 .264
Pete Laforest, C4010022 .206
Joey Gathright, CF2010000 .289
   a- Damon Hollins, PH-CF1000000 .260
Totals32454388 
a-grounded out for Gathright in the 7th
Batting
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
Doug Waechter 6844163 5.03
Trever Miller (L,1-1) 0.2233101 4.91
Jesus Colome 1.1544101 6.59
Tim Corcoran 1000000 1.13
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
Game Information
Attendance - 8564
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Larry Poncino