Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Tampa Bay leads 1-0 (as of 8/12)

Game 1: Friday, August 12
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Cleveland6
Game 2: Saturday, August 13
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Cleveland2
Game 3: Sunday, August 14
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Devil Rays 8

(44-72, 16-44 away)

Indians 6

(63-53, 27-28 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 12, 2005

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    W: M. Hendrickson (7-7)

    L: J. Westbrook (10-13)

    S: D. Baez (24)

    Indians tie season high with four errors

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians didn't get to bed until the wee hours of morning. They never woke up.

    Jorge Cantu homered and had three RBI, Mark Hendrickson survived a miserable start and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays snapped a four-game losing streak with an 8-6 win over sluggish and sloppy Cleveland on Friday night.

    The Indians hardly played like the same team which just went 6-0 during a road trip to Detroit and Kansas City, vaulting them to within 2½ games of Los Angeles in the AL wild-card chase.

    Cleveland equaled a season high with four errors -- a fifth was taken away by the official scorer after the game -- and couldn't come up with the big hit in several clutch situations. The Indians, who didn't arrive home until 3 a.m. Friday, foiled potential rallies by grounding into four double plays, including one by Aaron Boone to end the game, and stranded 11 runners.

    "We played like got in at 3:30 in the morning, that's for sure," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "We had an off-day."

    Cantu hit a two-run single in Tampa Bay's six-run second inning and added a solo homer, his 16th, in the fourth off Jake Westbrook (10-13) as the Devil Rays improved to 16-11 since the All-Star break -- the AL's fourth-best mark.

    More impressively, Tampa Bay is now 8-8 on the road since July 14 after going 8-35 in road games in the season's first half.

    Travis Lee also homered for the young and improving Devil Rays, who came in as the AL's poorest defensive team but turned the double plays that turned the game.

    "It seemed like we were in trouble in every inning," Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said. "But we had the knack for getting out of it."

    Hendrickson (7-7) gave up three runs and five hits in the first, but left the bases loaded. The 6-foot-9 lefty, who once played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, squirmed out of other trouble, getting inning-ending double plays in the fourth and fifth.

    Hendrickson made it through 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and 12 hits.

    "I kind of labored in the first," he said. "But our offense did a great job. They turned around and put up that six spot. That kind of fired me up."

    Danys Baez work the ninth for his 24th save.

    Down 3-0 after one, these Devil Rays, unlike Devil Rays teams of the past, bounced back and scored six times off Westbrook. The right-hander became uncharacteristically rattled after shortstop Jhonny Peralta booted a potential double-play ball on Alex Gonzalez's grounder, allowing a run to score.

    Westbrook then walked Pete Laforest and Joey Gathright, Tampa's No. 8 and 9 hitters, to force in another run. Julio Lugo's RBI single tied it at 3 before Cantu's two-run single made it 5-3.

    Aubrey Huff's sacrifice fly capped the six-run outburst off Westbrook, whose hole got deeper in the third when he gave up a leadoff homer to Lee, his fifth, to make it 7-3.

    "It was important to answer right away, especially when you're on the road," Piniella said. "We swung the bats well. That was a nice inning for us."

    Westbrook couldn't blame a late night for his poor outing. He came back to Cleveland ahead of his teammates.

    "I didn't have an excuse," he said. "I flew in early. I made some bad pitches and the walks kind of killed me."

    Westbrook, who had gone 4-0 in his last four starts, was charged with six runs and eight hits in four innings, his shortest stint in 17 starts.

    Back from the road, the Indians didn't waste any time getting cozy at home, scoring three runs in the first on Peralta's RBI single and Belliard's two-run double.

    Game notes


    The clubs were playing for the first time since May 23 of last season. ... Casey Blake narrowly missed hitting the Indians' third grand slam in three games. With the bases loaded in the first, Blake's drive toward the corner in right was only foul by a few feet. ... Cantu was in a 3-for-23 slump before his single in the second. ... The Indians fell to 27-28 at home. Their 36-25 road record is the AL's second best. ... Cleveland RHP Fernando Cabrera struck out a career-high six, also a season high for an Indians reliever.

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