Indians 2, Devil Rays 1
Making his first start in the major leagues, he recorded his
first career hit in the fourth and then led off the ninth with a
home run off Tampa Bay's Shawn Camp to give the Cleveland Indians a
"It was an awesome day," he said. "I was just trying to get
on base and I ended up doing something special."
The homer came on a 2-2 pitch and landed in the left-field
bleachers. Francisco, who played left field, has spent most of the
season at Triple-A Buffalo, where he batted .329 with six homers
and 34 RBIs. He was with the Indians from May 1-3 and was called up
again June 20.
"Ben had a great game," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "It
has to be some kind of thrill for that young man."
The Devil Rays have lost five straight and 12 of 16. Tampa Bay
has scored 10 runs during its losing streak.
"We've got to get our offense started again," Tampa Bay
manager Joe Maddon said. "The game was pretty much lost in the
first inning. We have to get more runs in that situation."
Camp (0-2) started the ninth. Following the game, he sat staring
into his locker and refused to talk.
"Not right now," he said when approached by reporters. He also
refused comment after showering.
Tampa Bay's baserunning proved costly in the ninth. Ty Wigginton
singled with one out off Joe Borowski (1-3). With two outs,
pinch-runner Josh Wilson was picked off first by Borowski, who
recorded his first win since Sept. 2 against Milwaukee while he was
pitching for Florida.
The win was the Indians' 24th comeback victory of the season, which
leads the majors. It also was the second time this week they have
won a game with a walk-off homer. Kelly Shoppach's three-run homer
in the ninth beat Oakland on Tuesday night.
Jackson, who recorded his first win since Sept. 26, 2005 in his
last start Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, gave up one run
and six hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out six,
including striking out the side in the sixth.
"I gave my team a chance to win," Jackson said. "I feel good
about that. I'd feel a lot better if the team did win. It's about
the team winning."
Westbrook allowed one run and five hits in seven innings. He
struck out seven, walked two and retired 16 of the last 17 hitters
"That's the best I've felt this season," he said. "I threw a
lot of pitches in the first inning, but I got into a good groove
Westbrook was making his second start since being on the
disabled list because of a left abdominal strain from May 7-June
24. He allowed three runs in seven innings against Washington on
The Devil Rays loaded the bases with one out in the first, but
Westbrook struck out Carlos Pena and Wigginton. Westbrook retired
the first two hitters in the second, but Dioner Navarro singled and
Akinori Iwamura walked before Harris' single gave Tampa Bay the
Grady Sizemore walked and stole his 23rd base, a career high, in
the third. He scored on Martinez's groundout.
Delmon Young went 0-for-4, snapping his hitting streak at 13
Carl Crawford, who went 0-for-4, is four hits shy of 900 in his
Pena, who came into the game with 11 career homers at
Jacobs Field, struck out in all four at-bats. ... 2B B.J. Upton
(strained left quad), who is on a rehabilitation assignment at
Class A Vero Beach, didn't play Friday night. He felt fatigued
after playing five innings Thursday and was held out as a
precaution. ... Westbrook's seven strikeouts were a season high.
... OF Jason Michaels, who has an 11-game hitting streak, didn't
play in the game.