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Sweep complete, Rays end half with 7-game skid



Kazmir CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays lost their seventh straight game Sunday, sending baseball's feel-good story into the All-Star break on a sour note.

Jhonny Peralta drove in three runs and the Cleveland Indians beat Scott Kazmir and Tampa Bay 5-2 to complete a four-game sweep.

Peralta's two-run homer in the fifth inning off Kazmir (7-5) gave Cleveland a 4-2 lead and put the Rays in danger of dropping out of first place in the AL East. They started play Sunday a half-game ahead of Boston after leading the division by five games on Monday morning.

(Pictured: Rays ace Scott Kazmir hangs his head after giving up a two-run home run to Cleveland's Jhonny Peralta in the fifth inning. AP photo. Click to enlarge.)

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


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