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Time to worry? Rays' slide hits five



Shields CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cliff Lee pitched six stellar innings in a warmup for a possible All-Star game start, and the Cleveland Indians defeated Tampa Bay 5-0 on Friday night to extend the Rays' season-high losing streak to five games.

Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer and RBI double off James Shields (7-6) as the Indians beat the Rays in Cleveland for the 11th consecutive time since Sept. 29, 2005.

Tampa Bay had won seven a row to open a five-game lead in the AL East on July 6. A 10-inning loss Monday to Kansas City started the Rays on their current slide, in which they've been outscored 32-7.

(Pictured: James Shields, pitching in the first inning, failed to win his fourth straight start, giving up five runs and 10 hits over six innings. AP photo. Click to enlarge.)


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


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