Cantu hit two of the Devil Rays' season-high five homers, and
Seth McClung overcame a long rain delay to take a shutout into the
sixth inning in an 8-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on
"They just handed it to us," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said
Right fielder Casey Blake left with a bruised right shoulder and
the Indians lost for only the third time in 12 games to fall 4½
games back in the AL wild-card race.
The Devil Rays' second straight win gave them their first series
victory in Cleveland. Tampa Bay had gone 0-8-1 in nine previous
trips to Jacobs Field, winning only seven of 28 games before this
"We're not going to win every game, but now we do have to try
and salvage one in this series and move on from there," Wedge
Cantu hit a two-run homer in the third as Tampa Bay took a 4-0
lead against Scott Elarton (7-6). Cantu hit a solo shot, his 18th
of the season, off Jeremy Guthrie in the seventh. It was Cantu's
third homer in two nights and third career multihomer game, all
"I'm seeng the ball pretty good right now and swinging the bat
well, too," Cantu said.
Julio Lugo, Aubrey Huff and Jonny Gomes each hit a solo homer --
with Gomes' shot in the seventh traveling an estimated 461 feet to
left-center, two rows of seats from becoming just the third ball to
hit the scoreboard at Jacobs Field.
"You don't see that in a game very often," said Gomes, who hit
a 474-foot homer July 9 at Tropicana Field. "This one felt better.
It was a rush."
McClung (3-7) won for the third time in five starts since July
22. The right-hander, who missed most of the 2003 season and all of
2004 after having Tommy John surgery, gave up one run and four hits
over 5 1/3 innings. He bounced back from a poor outing Sunday in
which he gave up six runs in 2 2/3 innings in a 10-4 loss to the
Los Angeles Angels.
He said he wasn't worried about coming back after the long delay
and believed he actually pitched better.
"I wasn't going to come out unless [manager] Lou [Piniella]
forced me out," said McClung. "I actually threw better. I can't
explain that, but I did."
Lugo led off the game by hitting an 0-1 pitch over the wall for
his fourth homer. Two outs later, Aubrey Huff hit his 17th of the
season to right field.
Elarton allowed four runs and five hits over three innings,
falling to 1-3 in six starts since July 17. He did not come back
after an 80-minute rain delay in the bottom of the third.
"It wasn't worth the risk," Elarton said of not returning.
"I'm not surprised Eric went to the bullpen."
Guthrie, called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Buffalo,
gave up one run in the fourth, making it 5-0. He gave up four runs
overall in six innings -- the longest outing by a Cleveland reliever
"I was hoping to keep it a little closer, but overall it felt
good to go that long," said Guthrie, adding he was shocked at
Gomes' homer on a 3-1 pitch.
"I left a fastball over the plate and he sure hit it a long
way," he said.
Cleveland got to 5-1 in the sixth. Coco Crisp walked and scored
on a double by Travis Hafner. McClung then walked Victor Martinez
and was replaced by Chad Orvella, who got two quick outs to end the
Grady Sizemore hit his 14th home run in the ninth for
Cleveland's second run.
Tampa Bay is 9-8 on the road after going just 8-35 away
from home before the All-Star break. The Devil Rays are 17-11
overall in the second half. ... Hafner extended his hitting streak
to nine games. He has hit .324 (12-for-37) during the streak. ...
Martinez went 3-for-3 to put his hitting streak at 11 games. He is
21-for-45 (.467). ... Lugo is hitting .333 (36-for-108) since the