CLEVELAND (AP) -The Indians snapped out of one of the worst losing streaks in franchise history by beating a team that is
suddenly trying to find answers of its own.
had a career-high four RBIs and hit one of Cleveland's four home runs as the Indians snapped a 10-game losing streak with
a 13-2 victory over Tampa Bay that extended the Rays' skid to four on Thursday night.
''It feels pretty good - a lot better than what we had been doing. That stunk,'' said
, who along with
also homered and had three RBIs.
Cleveland last dropped 10 in a row in 1979 and avoided its longest streak in 77 years by overcoming a 2-0 deficit. The last
time the Indians lost 11 straight was 1931, on the way to a team-record 12 consecutive losses.
each hit two-run homers in a five-run fifth against
(10-4). Blake hit a solo shot in a seven-run eighth off
''This was huge for all of us,'' said Dellucci, adding that a rather fiery pregame talk to the team by manager
gave him inspiration.
''He got right to the point while showing his faith in us,'' Dellucci said. ''Afterwards, we felt good about ourselves even
though we know where we are in the standings.''
(5-5) earned the last-place Indians' first win since recently traded CC Sabathia beat the
6-0 on June 27. Laffey allowed two runs and four hits over six innings, winning for the first time in five starts since June
''When we fell behind, it was like it was 10-0 and you felt it through the entire stadium,'' Laffey said. ''But the guys came
through against the best team in the big leagues.''
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
was manager. The Rays' 26-56 record overall against Cleveland is their worst against any opponent.
got Cleveland going by poking a one-out single to right in the fifth. Dellucci, in a 7-for-47 (.149) slump, followed with
his seventh homer - and first since June 4.
''David gave us a shot of energy,'' Wedge said. ''Then we had real good at-bats up and down the lineup.''
then singled, went to third on a single by
and scored on a fielder's choice grounder by
to put Cleveland ahead. Francisco followed with his eighth homer.
Shin-Soo Choo led off the sixth with his third homer and Blake connected for his ninth in the eighth to make it 7-2. Francisco
and Blake each had two-run singles later in the inning.
The Rays took a 2-0 lead in the third.
hit a leadoff single and
drove his seventh homer of the season deep into the left-field bleachers. Gomes was in a 1-for-24 slump, with the only hit
a pinch homer June 28 at Pittsburgh.
Sonnanstine gave up nine hits and six runs over 5 1-3 innings. He had gone 4-0 and the Rays were 7-0 in his previous seven
starts since May 27.
''This one is real frustrating for a number of reasons,'' said Sonnanstine, who grew up about 40 miles south of Cleveland
in Wadsworth, Ohio. ''We'd lost the last (three) and I look at myself as a stopper. I had a lot of family and friends in the
stands. To get beat up like this in a blowout, it's not a good feeling.''
The Rays have hit only .182 (25-for-137) during their losing streak, which ties their longest of the season. They lost four
in a row April 6-9.
''We're getting into swinging for the five-run homer instead of playing offense,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ''We're not
getting enough runners on base. I believe everybody is trying to hit the ball out of the ballpark. We have to get away from
Notes: The Rays are trying to be the fourth team to be in first place at the All-Star break one year after having the majors'
worst record, joining the 1989 Orioles and 2001 Cubs and Phillies. ... The Indians claimed RHP
, the No. 1 pick in the 2002 amateur draft, on waivers from the Pittsburgh and sold Triple-A INF Ryan Mulhern and RHP
to the Pirates. Bullington was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo. ... The Indians signed 2B Cord Phelps, their third-round pick
in last month's draft. ... Maddon said RHP
(strained left hamstring) wants to throw off the mound before the All-Star break.