Cleveland at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: R. Hernandez (1-1) L: J. Salas (0-1)
S: J. Borowski (6)
HR: CLE - T. Hafner (3)   TB - B. Upton (2)

Indians bounce back, rally past Devil Rays

CBS wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Travis Hafner and the Cleveland Indians didn't let a nightmare loss linger.

Hafner hit a two-run homer and drove in the go-ahead run on a ninth-inning single and the Indians beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 4-3 on Friday night.

Andy Marte doubled and Grady Sizemore walked to open the ninth off Juan Salas (0-1). Closer Al Reyes replaced Salas and struck out David Dellucci before Hafner lined a tiebreaking RBI single to center.

"That's the best part about baseball, when you get a chance to face the other team's closer in a big situation," Hafner said. "It kind of gets to be a cat-and-mouse game. I got a changeup up and put a line drive swing on it."

Hafner went 3-for-3 with two walks. He has 11 hits in his last 15 at-bats, and has reached base in nine consecutive plate appearances.

"He's different," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "He plays in that other league that's above this league when it's established, and quite frankly I wish he'd go there tomorrow. He's one of the better hitters in all of baseball. He always works a good at-bat. He's just very good."

Roberto Hernandez (1-1) threw a perfect eighth. Joe Borowski pitched the ninth for his sixth save in six chances.

The Indians were swept in a three-game series at the New York Yankees earlier this week. Borowski blew a 6-2 lead in the ninth and Cleveland lost 8-6 in the series finale Thursday.

"I'm proud of the way these guys came back after a tough loss," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "It was good to get Joe back out there. He did a good job and finished it off tonight. It was good for our guys to get back out there and get a "W" under our belt here."

Tampa Bay got a home run from B.J. Upton.

C.C. Sabathia was bidding to become the first Cleveland pitcher to win his first four starts of a season since Chad Ogea in 1995. He gave up three runs and seven hits in seven innings. The left-hander struck out eight and walked one.

"I'm just glad we won," Sabathia said. "After coming from New York and getting swept, we needed a win. We needed this. It feels good to be on the winning end of a game."

Hafner put the Indians up 2-0 on a two-run homer in the third off Edwin Jackson. It was Hafner's eighth homer in 49th at-bats at Tropicana Field.

Jackson hadn't allowed a homer in his previous 36 1/3 innings dating back to last season. He allowed three runs, five hits, five walks and struck out five in six innings.

"You have to think that you're pitching against a team with good pitchers, they're not going to give up too many runs," Jackson said. "So, just go out there with the mindset of keeping your team close, keeping the game close and just have that chance that your team can come back."

Jackson's ERA dropped from 8.31 to 6.75.

"He walked five, that's a little high," Maddon said. "Other than that, he threw the ball really well. He had a nice calmness about himself. He definitely pitched well enough to win and he gave us a definite chance to win."

Upton got the Devil Rays within 2-1 on a third-inning solo homer. He was 0-for-7 in his previous three games.

Cleveland went up 3-1 in the fifth on Dellucci's RBI double. The Indians had a chance for a bigger inning, but Casey Blake flew out with two outs and the bases loaded.

Carl Crawford made it 3-2 with a run-scoring single in the sixth. The Devil Rays tied it at 3 one inning later when Delmon Young stole third and then scored on a throwing error by Indians catcher Victor Martinez.


  • Cleveland has won seven straight against the Devil Rays.
  • Tampa Bay 3B Akinori Iwamura and C Dioner Navarro, who both missed the game Wednesday with flulike symptoms, were back in the lineup.
  • Indians LHP Cliff Lee (strained right abdominal muscle) is scheduled to throw around 70 pitches in a minor league rehab start Saturday with Triple-A Buffalo.
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Travis Hafner drives the Indians offense with a two-run HR and a clutch ninth-inning single.  (AP)
Travis Hafner drives the Indians offense with a two-run HR and a clutch ninth-inning single. (AP)

Players of the Game

T. Hafner
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 1
Tampa Bay

C. Crawford
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Grady Sizemore, CF3210210 .289
David Dellucci, LF5021033 .256
Travis Hafner, DH3133200 .375
Victor Martinez, C5010012 .375
Trot Nixon, RF3000122 .259
Casey Blake, 1B4010003 .188
Mike Rouse, SS-2B3000111 .000
Josh Barfield, 2B3000001 .143
   a- Jhonny Peralta, PH-SS1000011 .209
Andy Marte, 3B4110001 .200
a-struck out for Barfield in the 8th
2B - David Dellucci 2 (4, Jackson, Jackson), Andy Marte (3, Salas)
HR - Travis Hafner (3, Jackson)
RBI - David Dellucci (3), Travis Hafner 3 (10)
SB - Grady Sizemore (4, 2nd base off Jackson/Navarro)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Barfield-Rouse-Blake
E - Victor Martinez (1, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
C.C. Sabathia 7732181 2.25
Roberto Hernandez (W,1-1) 1000000 5.40
Joe Borowski (S,6) 1000000 11.57
HBP - Gomes (by C.C. Sabathia)
Pitches-Strikes - C.C. Sabathia 110-67, Roberto Hernandez 11-8, Joe Borowski 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.C. Sabathia 4-6, Roberto Hernandez 2-1
Batters Faced - C.C. Sabathia 27, Roberto Hernandez 3, Joe Borowski 3
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Rocco Baldelli, CF4000010 .250
Brendan Harris, SS4110000 .360
Carl Crawford, LF4021010 .288
Ty Wigginton, 1B3010101 .286
Delmon Young, RF4110012 .292
Akinori Iwamura, 3B4010012 .340
Dioner Navarro, C3000012 .220
Jonny Gomes, DH2000011 .167
B.J. Upton, 2B3111022 .326
2B - Brendan Harris (2, Sabathia), Carl Crawford (5, Sabathia), Ty Wigginton (6, Sabathia)
HR - B.J. Upton (2, Sabathia)
RBI - Carl Crawford (9), B.J. Upton (9)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford (4), B.J. Upton (5)
SB - Carl Crawford (3, 3rd base off Sabathia/Martinez), Delmon Young (1, off Sabathia/Martinez)
CS - Ty Wigginton (2, 3rd base by Sabathia/Martinez), Akinori Iwamura (3, 2nd base by Sabathia/Martinez)
Team LOB - 3
Outfield Assists - Rocco Baldelli 1
E - Brendan Harris (2, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Edwin Jackson 6533551 6.75
Jae-Kuk Ryu 1100010 5.68
Juan Salas (L,0-1) 1211120 5.00
Al Reyes 1100010 0.00
IBB - Hafner by Edwin Jackson, by Nixon
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 108-61, Jae-Kuk Ryu 16-11, Juan Salas 24-13, Al Reyes 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 5-7, Jae-Kuk Ryu 1-1
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 27, Jae-Kuk Ryu 4, Juan Salas 6, Al Reyes 3
Game Information
Attendance - 13391
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Bruce Froemming, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Mike Winters