Crawford leads Rays over Tribe

The Sports Network
7/8/2010 11:23:55 PM
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St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Carl Crawford hit a pair of two-run home runs as Tampa Bay kept its hot streak going with a 5-2 decision over Cleveland in the opener of a four-game set from Tropicana Field.

Carlos Pena also went deep for the Rays, who won their sixth straight game and eighth in nine tries.

"They don't really come around that often, but I'm definitely excited when it does happen," said Crawford about hitting two homers in a game.

Wade Davis (6-9) earned his first win since May 29 by allowing four hits and a pair of runs over seven innings. Dan Wheeler turned in a scoreless ninth for his first save of the season.

Michael Brantley and Andy Marte hit solo shots for the Indians, who have lost three in a row and five of seven.

Jake Westbrook (5-5) surrendered eight hits and five runs over six full frames in defeat. Despite fanning seven and not issuing a walk, he served up all three Tampa homers.

"I can't complain about it too much," said Indians manager Manny Acta about Wesbrook's outing. "Jake has done a good job for us this year and he made a couple mistakes that went out of the park."

Tampa Bay broke open a tie game with three runs in the third and never looked back.

Ben Zobrist doubled with one out and Crawford chased him home when he followed with his second two-run blast of the game for a 4-2 score. Two batters later Pena reached the seats in left for a three-run margin.

Davis worked around a walk in the fourth then sent the Indians down in order in the fifth. He retired the next three batters in the sixth after a Travis Hafner base hit, then allowed a single to Jason Donald in the seventh before getting the next two hitters.

Lance Cormier worked out of a two-on, one-out situation in the eighth, then Wheeler closed the door in the ninth.

Brantley started the game with a homer, his first of the season, but Crawford responded in the home half with his initial two-run blast that followed a Zobrist single.

Marte's one-out shot in the second evened the score.

Game Notes

Crawford posted his first multi-homer game since going deep twice against Florida in a 15-3 Tampa Bay win on June 25, 2008...The Rays have won all three games with the Tribe this season and have taken the last six over the Indians at Tropicana.


Carl Crawford (Photo: The Canadian Press)


(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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