Cleveland (70-56) at Tampa Bay (51-75)

Fair Currently: St. Petersburg, FL
Temp: 82° F
  • Game info: 7:15 pm EDT Wed Aug 24, 2005
  • TV: FSOH, FSFL
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The red-hot Cleveland Indians shoot for their seventh straight win as they continue a four-game series with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Tropicana Field.

The Indians, who are in a virtual tie for the AL wild-card lead with the New York Yankees, have won 13 of 17 games to move a season-high 14 games above .500.

In Tuesday’s series opener, Coco Crisp hit a two-run triple in a three-run, seventh inning, as the Indians overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Devil Rays 5-4.

Casey Blake homered for Cleveland, which won its ninth straight road game. The Indians moved ahead of Oakland into second place in the wild-card race, less than a percentage point behind the Yankees.

“Down the stretch, everything counts, so I had to relax and settle down,” said starter Jake Westbrook, who earned his 12th victory of the season. “It was a big win.”

The win also pulled the Indians within seven games of the first-place Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.

“We just have to prepare and focus the same way, regardless of who we’re playing and where we’re playing,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said.

The last-place Devil Rays, who had a five-game winning streak snapped, fell to 23-14 since the All-Star break.

Jorge Cantu continued his hot-hitting against the Indians, going 2-for-5. Cantu is batting .478 (11-for-23) with four homers and seven RBIs in four games against Cleveland this season.

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4.61 ERA 6.59
103 K 92
48 BB 62
1.30 WHIP 1.54