Westbrook allowed one run in seven innings and Casey Blake hit
two solo homers to help the Indians beat Tampa Bay 6-1 Saturday
night, handing the Devil Rays their 100th loss.
Westbrook (15-10), who took a shutout into the seventh inning,
is 44-34 since moving into the starting rotation in 2004 -- topping
200 innings all three seasons.
"The innings are pretty nice," he said. "Doing that shows
I've pitched deep into games and given my team a chance to win.
That's what you want to do as a starting pitcher."
Indians manager Eric Wedge also praised Westbrook's consistency.
"He's been about as steady as you can be at this level," Wedge
said. "He's been a shining example of that."
Ty Wigginton broke up the shutout with an RBI double in the
seventh. Westbrook gave up five hits, struck out six and walked
one. The right-hander retired the side in order four times in the
first six innings and threw double play balls in the third and
"I try to get ground balls and let my defense do the rest,"
Westbrook said. "They did a great job behind me again tonight."
Tampa Bay became the first team in major league history to lose
100 games in a season despite having a winning record at home. The
Devil Rays, who went 41-40 at Tropicana Field, are 20-60 on the
road -- including 3-32 away from home since July 1.
Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon is trying to look at the future,
rather than his team reaching 100 losses for the third time in the
last six seasons.
"Nobody likes losing 100 games, but it's what you make it out
to be," he said. "There's not much difference between losing 99
games and losing 100 games. I'm not going to let this change my
Delmon Young and Greg Norton singled to open the seventh before
Wigginton's double snapped the Devil Rays' 0-for-25 slump with
runners in scoring position this series. Westbrook, who threw 111
pitches, retired the next three hitters to get out of the inning.
"He had a good sinker and slider," Tampa Bay third baseman
B.J. Upton said. "He kept us off-balance, and it showed."
Shin-Soo Choo led off the second with his third homer on a 1-2
pitch from Jae Seo (1-8). Blake, who entered the game in a 3-for-29
slump, homered off Seo in the fourth and off Brian Meadows in the
"I wanted to do something positive before the season ended,"
Blake said. "I've been scuffling about as bad as you can the last
few weeks. The month of September didn't do me a whole lot of
Both of Blake's homers were to right-center.
"I had a favorable wind," he joked.
"It was great to see him hit the ball the way he did," Wedge
said. "He had some good swings. He looked like his normal self."
Ryan Garko added RBI singles in the third and fifth for
Cleveland, giving him 35 RBI in 36 games since August 20. Victor
Martinez also singled in a run for the Indians in the fifth.
Seo, acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 27, allowed
five runs and nine hits in five innings.
The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 30 minutes by
rain. ... LHP C.C. Sabathia, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on
his right knee Friday, was moving around on crutches in the
clubhouse before Saturday night's game. Torn cartilage was removed
in the 35-minute procedure. ... Martinez has hit safely in 15 of
his last 17 games, batting .384 (23-for-60) with a homer and 11
RBI. ... OF Carl Crawford, who leads the league with 16 triples
and has been hitting over .300 since June 11, wasn't in the lineup
Saturday. ... Maddon said OF Rocco Baldelli will probably be out of
the lineup for Sunday's season finale.