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Indians send Rays to fourth straight loss



Sonnanstine_2 CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ben Francisco drove in a career-high four runs Thursday night to help the Cleveland Indians snap a 10-game losing streak with a 13-2 victory over Tampa Bay that extended the Rays' skid to four.

Francisco and David Dellucci each hit two-run homers in a five-run fifth against Andy Sonnanstine (10-4). Casey Blake hit a solo shot in a seven-run eighth off Gary Glover.

Tampa Bay came in with baseball's best record (55-35), but lost for the 10th straight time in Cleveland. Tampa Bay last won at the Indians' home on Sept. 29, 2005, when Lou Piniella was its manager. The Rays' 26-56 record overall against Cleveland is their worst against any opponent.

(Pictured: Andy Sonnanstine walks to the back of the mound after giving up a two-run home run to Cleveland's Ben Francisco in the fifth inning. AP photo. Click to enlarge.)

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:36am]


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