CLEVELAND -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays can't find a way to win on the road.
Ryan Garko doubled home the go-ahead run in a three-run seventh inning to help the Cleveland Indians rally to a 5-4 victory Thursday night, dropping the Devil Rays to 3-28 on the road since the All-Star break.
The Devil Rays, coming off the largest shutout win in team history, 11-0 Wednesday night in Boston, again failed to win consecutive road games for the first time since June 16-17 at Philadelphia.
"I don't know why we can't win on the road," manager Joe Maddon said. "I have no explanation."
Tampa Bay must win all three remaining games in Cleveland to avoid becoming the first team in history to lose 99 games while posting a winning home record.
"We just fail to execute on the road -- obviously quite a bit," designated hitter Greg Norton said. "It's not like we are thinking about it. We just don't get things done."
Sizemore hit the first pitch from reliever Jon Switzer for his 28th homer, a two-run shot in the seventh inning that tied it at 4.
"Guys in front of me keep getting on base," Garko said. "I just try to get a pitch and hit it."
Matt Miller pitched a scoreless eighth and Rafael Betancourt worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his third save.
He gave up consecutive singles to Ben Zobrist and Rocco Baldelli, who stole second base as Carl Crawford struck out. Betancourt then intentionally walked Norton with one out to load the bases and struck out Ty Wigginton and Jorge Cantu on six pitches to end the threat.
"That was amazing," Byrd said. "I can't say enough about my teammates."
The right-hander was not as happy with his own performance after allowing four runs and eight hits over seven innings to improve to 2-3 in 12 starts since July 25.
"It feels good to win, but it's just a small feel-good," said Byrd, who expressed appreciation for fan support despite a disappointing season by flinging his jersey to a youngster sitting behind the Indians' dugout after the game.
"The Cleveland fans have been great," said Byrd, who was signed to a two-year, $14.25 million contract as a free agent last December by general manager Mark Shapiro.
"Shapiro put his confidence in me and I felt like I couldn't answer," Byrd said. "I have to figure out why and that starts tomorrow, so I can get it done next season."
Norton hit a two-run homer, his 16th, with one out in the Tampa Bay first. Cantu added an RBI double later in the inning for a 3-0 lead.
In the third, Norton singled and scored on Wigginton's triple off the left-field wall to make it 4-0.
Joe Inglett singled and scored on Marte's fifth homer to get Cleveland within 4-2 in the fifth against Devil Rays starter J.P. Howell.
Howell extended his scoreless streak to 11 innings before yielding the homer to Marte. The left-hander allowed two runs and six hits over five innings.
|The Indians' Andy Marte denies the Rays consecutive road wins with a two-run blast in the fifth. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Rocco Baldelli, CF||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.303|
|Carl Crawford, LF||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.303|
|Greg Norton, DH||3||2||2||2||2||0||0||.297|
|Ty Wigginton, 1B||5||1||2||1||0||2||4||.278|
|Jorge Cantu, 2B||5||0||2||1||0||1||4||.254|
|Damon Hollins, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.225|
|B.J. Upton, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||2||2||.248|
|Josh Paul, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.260|
|Ben Zobrist, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.231|
|2B - Jorge Cantu (18, Byrd), Damon Hollins (20, Byrd)|
|3B - Ty Wigginton (1, Byrd)|
|HR - Greg Norton (16, Byrd)|
|RBI - Greg Norton 2 (43), Ty Wigginton (78), Jorge Cantu (62)|
|SB - Rocco Baldelli (10, 2nd base off Betancourt/Martinez), B.J. Upton (11, 2nd base off Byrd/Martinez)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Shawn Camp (H,12)||1.1||1||1||1||0||2||0||4.68|
|Jon Switzer (BS,3)||0||1||1||1||0||0||1||4.54|
|Ruddy Lugo (L,2-4)||1.2||1||1||1||1||2||0||3.81|
|HBP - Marte (by Shawn Camp)|
|WP - J.P. Howell (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - J.P. Howell 99-56, Shawn Camp 21-13, Jon Switzer 1-1, Ruddy Lugo 29-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.P. Howell 7-4, Shawn Camp 2-0|
|Batters Faced - J.P. Howell 21, Shawn Camp 6, Jon Switzer 1, Ruddy Lugo 7|
|Grady Sizemore, CF||4||1||3||2||0||1||0||.294|
|Jason Michaels, LF||3||1||0||0||1||1||2||.267|
|Victor Martinez, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.315|
|Ryan Garko, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.293|
|Casey Blake, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.277|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Joe Inglett, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.288|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff, DH||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.214|
|Andy Marte, 3B||2||2||1||2||0||0||0||.227|
|2B - Ryan Garko (12, R. Lugo)|
|HR - Grady Sizemore (28, Switzer), Andy Marte (5, Howell)|
|RBI - Grady Sizemore 2 (76), Ryan Garko (42), Andy Marte 2 (22)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Garko (22)|
|SB - Joe Inglett (5, 2nd base off Howell/Paul)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Paul Byrd (W,10-9)||7||8||4||4||2||3||1||4.88|
|Matt Miller (H,1)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.68|
|Rafael Betancourt (S,3)||1||2||0||0||1||3||0||3.88|
|IBB - Norton by Rafael Betancourt|
|Pitches-Strikes - Paul Byrd 119-74, Matt Miller 16-9, Rafael Betancourt 16-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Byrd 10-8, Matt Miller 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Paul Byrd 31, Matt Miller 4, Rafael Betancourt 6|
|Attendance - 14503|
|Game Time - 2:43|
|Temperature - 54|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Ted Barrett|