ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -
admits there is a growing sense that Tampa Bay might be destined for big things this season.
That said, the Rays are trying to stay calm about their success.
Pena's three-run homer capped a six-run rally in the ninth inning that carried the Rays past the
10-7 Wednesday for one of their most thrilling victories in a wondrous season.
''That's something that we definitely think about it and envision,'' Pena said. ''We actually see it in reality at the same
time. It's very important for us that we also put it in perspective. We know it's great, we're enjoy it, but let's not get
ahead of ourselves. We never lose focus in the fact, 'Hey, let's play the game today.' It's most important for us.'''
had an RBI double in the ninth and
tied it 7-all with a two-run homer off
, who was trying for his first major league save.
(4-5) replaced Mujica and gave up an infield single to
. The right-hander then walked
before Pena homered to center for his fifth career game-ending homer, setting off a raucous celebration at Tropicana Field.
''Probably the most exciting win I've been involved with here,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Pena tossed his helmet aside as he approached home plate, where he was mobbed by jubilant teammates bouncing in unison. The
AL East leaders, who have never won more than 70 games in 10 previous seasons, improved to 68-45 with their eighth victory
in 11 games.
The Rays, whose 45 home wins are the most in the majors, now embark on their final trip out West this season beginning Thursday
night at Seattle.
(2-0) got two outs in the ninth for the win. He threw a run-scoring wild pitch that made it 7-4.
went 5-for-5 with a solo homer and two RBIs for the Indians. He tied his career high for hits, set June 30 at the
Chicago White Sox
''I feel happy to do that,'' Peralta said.
had a two-run homer for Tampa Bay, which has won 15 of its last 16 series at home.
Rays center fielder B.J. Upton was benched by Maddon for failing to run out an eighth-inning grounder in Tuesday's 8-4 win
over the Indians. Maddon said the benching was a one-day action, and after the game said the matter was closed.
''I just work here,'' Upton said.
Indians designated hitter
had a short day Wednesday after not leaving the batter's box on a second-inning grounder that hugged the first-base line before
Pena fielded the ball and recorded an unassisted out.
pinch-hit for Garko in the third.
''I just benched him because he didn't run it out,'' Indians manager
Garko said he made a ''mental mistake.''
''It's a respect thing, really, and now it's over,'' Garko added.
continued a personal trend of not pitching deep into games, allowing five runs and nine hits over 4 1-3 innings. The left-hander
has gone 5 2-3 innings or less in seven of his last nine starts.
''I'm not concerned yet,'' Maddon said. ''If it was a physical issue I would be.''
Shin-Soo Choo had an RBI single and Marte drove in a pair with a double as the Indians went up 5-3 in the fifth. The Rays
got to 5-4 in the bottom half on
's second run-scoring single.
Peralta's fourth hit, an RBI double, extended Cleveland's advantage to 6-4 in the sixth. He cut the Indians' deficit to 3-2
with a third-inning homer.
Longoria had an RBI single and Navarro hit a two-run shot to put the Rays ahead 3-1 in the first. Navarro has two homers and
five RBIs in the last two games.
Cleveland took the lead on
's leadoff homer in the first.
gave up four runs and six hits in six innings.
Notes: After the game, The Indians recalled RHP
from Triple-A Buffalo to start Friday's gane with Toronto. Cleveland also purchased the contract of RHP
from Buffalo, put RHP
(forearm) on the 15-day disabled list and optioned RHP
to Buffalo. ... Cleveland 2B
left in the sixth with a sprained left ankle. He is day to day. ... Peralta has seven homers and 28 RBIs in his last 26 games.
... Cleveland CF