Indians 5, Rays 1
Coming off its historic collapse, Tampa Bay gives up four homers and is shut down by Carl Pavano and the struggling Cleveland bullpen for its third straight loss.
It was the Rays 15th straight in Cleveland, dropping them to two games under .500 (23-25) after taking more than a month to get back there.
The Rays are in fourth place in the East and five games behind, closer to last place than first.
“I think everybody … we’re tired a little bit,” Ben Zobrist said. “It’s been a long stretch. It was kind of nasty out there tonight. There’s a lot of things that kind of culminate, hearing more guys going on the DL and stuff like that. Everybody is a little bit tired. We’re just going to have to push through this and fight through it. And keep winning games.”
Manager Joe Maddon said he felt RHP Matt Garza had good stuff, it's just the longball did him in (four runs on three homers). Garza said it especially hurt that he hit Ryan Garko with two outs in the sixth, as one batter later, Mark DeRosa hit a two-run blast to make it 4-0.
The Rays talked about how tough Indians starter Carl Pavano was, for the second straight time against them. Pavano has five wins in May, the most of any pitcher in the majors, and in his May starts, he's 5-1 with a 3.58 ERA.
Pavano “had really good command of his offspeed pitches,” manager Joe Maddon said. “He threw his fastball where he wanted to, pretty much kept us off-balance.”
- JOE SMITH