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Indians still atop AL Central despite extra-inning loss to Rays

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Indians wasted another strong outing from C.C. Sabathia and a chance to pad their first-place lead.

Joel Guzman hit a game-winning RBI single in his first at-bat with Tampa Bay, sending the Devil Rays past Cleveland 4-3 in 12 innings on Sunday.

"It was an unbelievable feeling," Guzman said.

Jonny Gomes opened the 12th with a double off Rafael Perez (0-1) and scored on Guzman's hit to center. Guzman had been called up from Triple-A Durham before the game.

"It was a wonderful moment for all of us," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said.

Scott Dohmann (2-0) threw two scoreless innings for the victory.

Sabathia gave up two runs and five hits over eight innings. The left-hander had six strikeouts, giving him 1,101 in his career -- the eighth Cleveland pitcher to reach at least 1,100 strikeouts.

"C.C. was fantastic. Just real good again," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "Eight strong innings, he gave us every opportunity to win the ballgame."

Sabathia has three consecutive no decisions despite allowing two runs in all three games.

"I just go out and keep trying to keep us in games," Sabathia said. "I'm not really concerned about myself or my record. I just want this team to win ballgames. I just want to pitch in the playoffs."

The AL Central-leading Indians had won three in a row following a four-game losing streak. Cleveland has a 1½-game lead over second-place Detroit, which lost 9-3 to the New York Yankees.

"Our guys are focusing on our game," Wedge said. "We control what we can control. If we go out and execute and step up in RBI opportunities, we're going to score a few more runs and we're not going to make it as difficult for ourselves. That's what we've got to do."

B.J. Upton and Carlos Pena homered for the Devil Rays, who are 14-36 since June 25. Tampa Bay had not hit a home run in its previous eight games, a club record.

Victor Martinez hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the 10th to give the Indians a 3-2 lead. The Devil Rays pulled even in the bottom half on a two-out RBI single by Carl Crawford off Joe Borowski, who blew his fifth save in 39 opportunities.

"We came over here and took the series with a chance to sweep," Martinez said. "It's always good -- we still took two of three."

Tampa Bay's James Shields allowed two runs and six hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked one.

"Joel Guzman comes up here and had a clutch hit," Shields said. "It was great. Outstanding."

Shields was hit on the back of the right calf by Grady Sizemore's liner in the fourth, but remained in the game after taking a couple warmup tosses.

Martinez put the Indians ahead 1-0 on an RBI single in the first. He has 65 RBI in 68 games when batting fourth in the lineup.

Jhonny Peralta made it 2-0 with a fourth-inning sacrifice fly.

Sabathia retired his first 11 batters before Upton's homer on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the fourth, cutting the Tampa Bay deficit to 2-1. The shot ended Tampa Bay's homer drought at 291 at-bats.

Upton also made a nice running catch on Sizemore's drive to the center-field warning track in the eighth. He also took an extra-base hit away from Ryan Garko with another running grab for the first out in the 11th.

Pena tied it at 2-2 on his 27th homer of the season in the seventh, equaling a career high set with Detroit in 2004. It was his first homer in 14 games.

Notes

  • The Indians are off Monday before starting a three-game series Tuesday at Detroit.
  • Sabathia moved past Mike Garcia (1,095) into eighth place on the Indians career strikeout list.
  • Guzman joined the Devil Rays after Tampa Bay placed SS Ben Zobrist (strained right side muscle) on the 15-day disabled list.
  • Pena has hit 20 homers against Cleveland since 2002. Only Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox (21) has more.
 
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Joel Guzman (center) is mobbed by his new teammates after knocking in the winning run in the 12th.  (AP)
Joel Guzman (center) is mobbed by his new teammates after knocking in the winning run in the 12th. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

J. Guzman
AB 1
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Cleveland

V. Martinez
AB 5
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Cleveland Indians
Kenny Lofton, LF4110112 .294
Franklin Gutierrez, RF4000022 .276
   a- Trot Nixon, PH1010000 .261
    Jason Michaels, PR-RF1000001 .268
Grady Sizemore, CF4000111 .277
Victor Martinez, C5012013 .303
Travis Hafner, DH5110013 .253
Ryan Garko, 1B5020010 .310
Jhonny Peralta, SS4001031 .272
Chris Gomez, 3B5010011 .304
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B4120103 .304
Totals42393311  
a-singled for Gutierrez in the 10th
Batting
2B - Travis Hafner (16, Shields), Ryan Garko (24, Shields)
SF - Victor Martinez (10), Jhonny Peralta (5)
SH - Kenny Lofton (4)
RBI - Victor Martinez 2 (86), Jhonny Peralta (60)
2-OUT RBI - Victor Martinez (31)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Betancourt-Peralta-Garko
Cleveland Indians
C.C. Sabathia 8522062 3.43
Rafael Betancourt 1100110 1.56
Joe Borowski (BS,5) 1211120 5.51
Rafael Perez (L,0-1) 1211010 1.88
IBB - Young by Rafael Betancourt
Pitches-Strikes - C.C. Sabathia 102-68, Rafael Betancourt 19-10, Joe Borowski 22-13, Rafael Perez 18-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.C. Sabathia 10-8, Rafael Betancourt 1-0, Rafael Perez 1-1
Batters Faced - C.C. Sabathia 29, Rafael Betancourt 4, Joe Borowski 6, Rafael Perez 5
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 3B5010031 .284
Carl Crawford, LF5011010 .315
B.J. Upton, CF5111013 .311
Carlos Pena, 1B5121000 .265
Delmon Young, RF4000110 .290
Brendan Harris, 2B5020011 .295
Jonny Gomes, DH5110022 .261
Josh Wilson, SS3000002 .236
   a- Greg Norton, PH1000010 .212
    Joel Guzman, SS10110001.000
Dioner Navarro, C3010100 .205
    Josh Paul, PR-C0100000 .185
Totals424104210  
a-struck out for Wilson in the 10th
Batting
2B - Carlos Pena (24, Betancourt), Brendan Harris (27, Sabathia), Jonny Gomes (13, R. Perez)
HR - B.J. Upton (17, Sabathia), Carlos Pena (27, Sabathia)
RBI - Carl Crawford (64), B.J. Upton (55), Carlos Pena (79), Joel Guzman (1)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford (24), B.J. Upton (18)
SB - Akinori Iwamura (9, 2nd base off Sabathia/Martinez)
Team LOB - 7
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
James Shields 6622160 4.18
Gary Glover 1000110 5.23
Dan Wheeler 1000010 5.34
Al Reyes 2211020 4.73
Scott Dohmann (W,2-0) 2100110 2.40
HBP - Sizemore (by Al Reyes)
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 103-71, Gary Glover 22-14, Dan Wheeler 15-10, Al Reyes 40-23, Scott Dohmann 31-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 8-4, Gary Glover 1-1, Dan Wheeler 1-1, Al Reyes 1-3, Scott Dohmann 3-2
Batters Faced - James Shields 25, Gary Glover 4, Dan Wheeler 3, Al Reyes 9, Scott Dohmann 8
Game Information
Attendance - 22328
Game Time - 3:54
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Tom Hallion