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Indians 2, Devil Rays 1

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Paul Byrd gave up plenty of hits -- just none when they mattered.

Byrd yielded eight hits but continually got out of jams, and the Cleveland Indians scored two runs early before holding on to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2-1 Friday night.

Byrd (11-5) gave up one run in six innings, striking out five, and the Devil Rays went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

"Somebody asked me today if I was pitching well," Byrd said. "I didn't know what to tell them. I didn't know if I was pitching well because when they hit the ball hard it went right to somebody. Sometimes this game doesn't make a lot of sense and you have to give some credit to the guys behind you, and I feel like that's what happened tonight."

Rafael Perez and Rafael Betancourt combined for two scoreless innings before Joe Borowski pitched the ninth for his 34th save in 38 opportunities.

Borowski got Akinori Iwamura to fly out to deep right with the tying run at second to end it.

"As a pitcher, you want to pick your team up," Byrd said. "It's just what you want to do. I think that's what being a good team is all about. People made good adjustments and they pick each other up and they find a way to win the game when it's close."

Ryan Garko put the Indians ahead 1-0 on an RBI single in the first, and Asdrubal Cabrera drove in Franklin Gutierrez with a second-inning sacrifice fly.

Both runs went against Edwin Jackson (3-12), who gave up seven hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked five for Tampa Bay, which is 13-35 since June 25.

"It was one of those days where you've just got to dig real deep because you don't have your best stuff," Jackson said. "Damage control."

Cleveland, which stranded 14 runners, loaded the bases with two outs later in the second inning, but failed to capitalize when Victor Martinez grounded out.

Tampa Bay scored in the fifth on Carl Crawford's run-scoring single, but Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore prevented a big inning by making a diving catch on B.J. Upton's liner to start a double play.

"Who's to say what would've happened in the game?" Sizemore said. "But it definitely was a big play, and I could see it fired Byrdie up."

Crawford is hitting .485 (32-for-66) in August. He also stole his 40th base of the season in the first. The Devil Rays' All-Star representative has stolen 40 or more bases in each of his five full seasons.

The Indians threatened in the seventh, but were kept off the scoreboard by a pair of strong defensive plays.

Third baseman Iwamura took a hit away from Garko with a diving catch on a liner. Right fielder Delmon Young also threw out Martinez, who was attempting to score from third on pinch hitter Travis Hafner's fly.

"We played some great defense," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "There were some pretty good plays overall in that game. Neither team hit well with runners in scoring position."

Notes

Hafner (hamstring and knee) was out of the starting lineup because manager Eric Wedge wanted to rest him two days in a row. The Indians were off Thursday. ... Young has 12 outfield assists this season. ... LHP David Price, taken first overall in this year's amateur draft by Tampa Bay, threw 44 pitches in first bullpen session since signing a six-year contract Wednesday. ... Garko, who tweaked a groin muscle Wednesday, was the DH. ... Devil Rays CF Rocco Baldelli, out since May 16 by a strained left hamstring, is set to start a minor league rehab assignment early next week. ... Indians SS Jhonny Peralta stopped an 0-for-18 slide with a single in the seventh. ... Tampa Bay has not homered in seven straight games.

 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

C. Crawford
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Cleveland

V. Martinez
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Cleveland Indians
Kenny Lofton, LF5020000 .293
Casey Blake, 3B4020101 .266
Grady Sizemore, CF4110102 .278
Victor Martinez, 1B4030103 .306
Ryan Garko, DH4011113 .303
Jhonny Peralta, SS4020103 .273
Franklin Gutierrez, RF3110013 .284
   a- Travis Hafner, PH1000002 .253
    Jason Michaels, RF1000002 .270
Kelly Shoppach, C4000034 .262
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B3001000 .200
Totals37212255  
a-flied out for Gutierrez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Casey Blake (29, Jackson), Grady Sizemore (24, Jackson), Victor Martinez (32, Dohmann)
3B - Franklin Gutierrez (2, Jackson)
SF - Asdrubal Cabrera (1)
RBI - Ryan Garko (45), Asdrubal Cabrera (1)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Garko (12)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Grady Sizemore 1
DP - Sizemore-A. Cabrera, A. Cabrera-Peralta-Martinez
E - Kelly Shoppach (2, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
Paul Byrd (W,11-5) 6811150 4.41
Rafael Perez (H,7) 1.1200010 1.71
Rafael Betancourt (H,23) 0.2000000 1.59
Joe Borowski (S,34) 1100010 5.44
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Byrd 98-62, Rafael Perez 11-8, Rafael Betancourt 5-4, Joe Borowski 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Byrd 2-10, Rafael Perez 1-1, Joe Borowski 1-1
Batters Faced - Paul Byrd 26, Rafael Perez 5, Rafael Betancourt 2, Joe Borowski 4
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 3B5020011 .289
Carl Crawford, LF4021001 .317
B.J. Upton, CF4010021 .316
Carlos Pena, 1B4010003 .263
Delmon Young, RF4020001 .294
Brendan Harris, 2B4000004 .293
Greg Norton, DH4020013 .214
Ben Zobrist, SS2000113 .155
   a- Jonny Gomes, PH1000000 .264
Josh Paul, C3110012 .185
   b- Josh Wilson, PH1000011 .245
Totals36111117  
a-grounded out for Zobrist in the 9th
b-struck out for Paul in the 9th
Batting
2B - Delmon Young (30, Byrd)
RBI - Carl Crawford (63)
SB - Carl Crawford (40, 3rd base off Byrd/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Delmon Young 1
DP - Young-Paul
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Edwin Jackson (L,3-12) 6722540 5.69
Scott Dohmann 2300010 2.77
Juan Salas 1200000 3.20
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 100-60, Scott Dohmann 19-13, Juan Salas 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 5-9, Juan Salas 1-2
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 30, Scott Dohmann 8, Juan Salas 5
Game Information
Attendance - 15343
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - James Hoye