Tampa Bay's bullpen combined for 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only three hits. Malaska (2-1), an Ohio native, was the first of four relievers and he struck out a pair in retiring all four batters he faced.
"It felt good," Malaska said. "However, I didn't throw a strike in warmups and I felt like it was my first start. It was good to play in front of my friends and family. I'm glad I came in and got the job done."
Sandberg delivered a two-run homer off Indians starter
(1-1) in the second inning that gave Tampa Bay a 4-0 advantage.
's leadoff single preceded the homer.
Tampa Bay took a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to some shoddy defense by Cleveland.
singled with one out and
reached on an error by third baseman
followed with an RBI single and Baldelli also came home on the play on a throwing error by right fielder
"They made a couple of errors in the first inning which we took advantage of, then Sandberg hit the two-run homer,"
The Indians had a four-game winning streak snapped and lost for just the third time in 12 games.
Lee made his fourth career major league start and allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings.
"We didn't come out of the gates very good at all," Indians manager
said. "We were sloppy behind Cliff early. We kind of set the tone for ourselves early on."
Escobar homered to lead off the bottom of the second inning for Cleveland's first run. Blake's two-run single with two outs in the fourth inning cut the deficit to 4-3.
Blake was final hitter faced by
, who made his first major league start. The 20-year-old rookie was the second-youngest pitcher to start a game in the majors this year.
"I wanted to take a look at him," Piniella said. "I'm not sure exactly what we are going to do with him, but I like him in the bullpen. You're asking a lot of a a 20-year-old kid especially when he starts the year in A-ball."
Baldelli singled with one out in the seventh inning off Cleveland reliever
and scored on Huff's double for the game's final run.