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Pavano keeps rolling on mound as Indians drop Rays

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CLEVELAND -- Carl Pavano has done as much on the mound this May as he did the past three years combined.

Pavano won for the fifth time in six starts, Ryan Garko homered for the third time in two games and the Cleveland Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays without needing a big comeback, 5-1 on Tuesday night.

"It's good to get a couple of wins in a row, but the story was Carl," said Indians left fielder Mark DeRosa, who hit a two-run homer. "He's worked his butt off to get back."

 Rays lose Bartlett to DL | Indians demote LaPorta

The right-hander's comeback is more impressive than the Indians overcoming a 10-0 deficit to beat the Rays on Monday night.

Pavano (5-4) allowed one run and four hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out six to enhance an outstanding month. He's 5-1 with a 3.58 ERA and only seven walks against 30 strikeouts since May 1, when he got his first win of the season in Detroit.

"I'm feeling better, getting deeper in games," Pavano said. "I didn't exactly know what to expect this year, but I worked hard and stayed positive. There's still a long way to go for me to be remotely settled in."

Pavano's 10th start this season surpassed by one his total for the previous three years. He was signed to a one-year contract as a free agent in January after four injury plagued years with the New York Yankees -- where he missed the entire 2006 season and pitched only 45 2/3 innings in 2007-08 combined. He won only five games the last two years.

Garko hit his home run in the second inning after connecting twice and driving in five runs Monday night in Cleveland's 11-10 win that was the biggest collapse in Tampa Bay history.

Asdrubal Cabrera and Kelly Shoppach also homered for the Indians, who won for the fifth time in seven games and earned their 15th consecutive home win over the Rays since Sept. 29, 2005.

Rays right-hander Matt Garza (4-3) struck out seven without issuing a walk, but couldn't keep the ball in the park. He allowed four runs and five hits -- three of them homers. He dropped to 1-4 in his career against Cleveland.

"I have to find a way to get past these guys," Garza said. "I won't face them again this year, but it's still going to be in the back of my head not to let them beat me again."

Garko hit the first pitch he saw from Garza over the wall in right-center with one out to put Cleveland ahead 1-0 in the second. On Monday night, Garko hit a two-run homer and three-run shot in the comeback.

Tampa Bay's bad run continued before Tuesday's game when shortstop Jason Bartlett was put on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle. Bartlett, a career .276 hitter, is batting .373 with seven homers, 30 RBI and 14 stolen bases.

He joined second baseman Akinori Iwamura, closer Troy Percival, DH Pat Burrell, staff ace Scott Kazmir and four others on the Rays' crowded DL. Iwamura is lost for the season with a torn knee ligament, and Percival's career might be over because of right shoulder tendinitis.

"A lot of guys are going on the DL, but we have to push through this," Rays right fielder Ben Zobrist said. "Last year we had guys go down and other guys stepped up. We have to do that again."

The Rays mustered little offense against Pavano until Carlos Pena hit his AL-leading 16th homer to lead off the Rays' seventh. It ruined Pavano's bid for his first shutout since May 17, 2005, when he was with the New York Yankees.

"He's added a splitter, changeup or whatever it is," Rays left fielder Carl Crawford said. "He's locating his fastball really well. He's definitely not the same pitcher we faced in the past."

Notes

  • Rain delayed play 32 minutes in the bottom of the fourth. It drizzled throughout most of the final five innings.
  • After the game, the Indians sent LHP Rich Rundles to Columbus and recalled LHP Zach Jackson from the Clippers to start Wednesday night.
  • Crawford stole second in the fourth inning and is 30-for-30 in steal attempts. He has not been caught in 32 attempts since July 18.
 
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Oh, that's going to hurt. Ryan Garko homers in the second, but gets plunked in the sixth. (AP)
Oh, that's going to hurt. Ryan Garko homers in the second, but gets plunked in the sixth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

M. DeRosa
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Cleveland

C. Pavano
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 6
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
B.J. Upton, CF4000021 .189
Carl Crawford, LF3010120 .316
Evan Longoria, 3B3000112 .324
Carlos Pena, 1B4111024 .244
Willy Aybar, 2B4010002 .263
Ben Zobrist, RF3010103 .287
Gabe Gross, DH4000003 .260
Dioner Navarro, C4010002 .221
Reid Brignac, SS3010001 .250
Totals3216137  
Batting
2B - Ben Zobrist (10, Pavano), Reid Brignac (1, Betancourt)
HR - Carlos Pena (16, Pavano)
RBI - Carlos Pena (40)
SB - Carl Crawford (30, 2nd base off Pavano/Shoppach), Ben Zobrist (4, 2nd base off Pavano/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Willy Aybar (1, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Garza (L,4-3) 6544073 3.65
Randy Choate 2111021 4.50
HBP - Garko (by Matt Garza)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 106-67, Randy Choate 30-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 5-7, Randy Choate 4-0
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 25, Randy Choate 7
Cleveland Indians
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4111000 .315
Grady Sizemore, DH4000010 .222
Jhonny Peralta, 3B4010010 .268
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4000021 .295
Ryan Garko, 1B3211011 .260
Mark DeRosa, LF3122000 .267
Ben Francisco, CF3000010 .243
Luis Valbuena, 2B3000023 .195
Kelly Shoppach, C3111010 .224
Totals3156509  
Batting
HR - Asdrubal Cabrera (2, Garza), Ryan Garko (5, Garza), Mark DeRosa (8, Garza), Kelly Shoppach (4, Choate)
RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera (26), Ryan Garko (21), Mark DeRosa 2 (32), Kelly Shoppach (10)
2-OUT RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera (13), Mark DeRosa 2 (13)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Pavano-A. Cabrera-Garko
Cleveland Indians
Carl Pavano (W,5-4) 7411261 5.50
Rafael Betancourt 1100110 3.86
Kerry Wood 1100000 6.75
Pitches-Strikes - Carl Pavano 92-59, Rafael Betancourt 21-13, Kerry Wood 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carl Pavano 10-4, Kerry Wood 1-2
Batters Faced - Carl Pavano 26, Rafael Betancourt 5, Kerry Wood 4
Game Information
Attendance - 18754
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Angel Hernandez