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Indians overcome 10-run deficit to beat Rays 11-10

May 26, 2009 - 4:35 AM CLEVELAND(AP) -- Trailing by 10 runs, Victor Martinez told his Cleveland Indians teammates they could win.

Martinez, in an 0-for-18 slump, backed up his words by lining a two-out, two-run single to cap a seven-run ninth inning that gave the Indians an 11-10 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

"You never know what's going to happen," Martinez said after his hit off Jason Isringhausen (0-1) ruined the Rays night, which began with the much-awaited season debut of starter David Price. The left-hander was staked to a 10-0 lead but ran his pitch count up and lasted only 3 1-3 innings.

"When he came out, I said, 'Go out there and be a tough out, and just keep battling,' " Martinez said. "That's what we did."

The Indians became the first team to make up a 10-run deficit and win since the Texas Rangers rallied to beat the Detroit Tigers 16-15 on May 8, 2004, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"When you do something like this, it is special," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.

It was the largest blown lead in Rays history. Tampa Bay had twice led games 10-2 before losing 20-11 each time - to the New York Yankees in 2005 and Cleveland in 1999.

Ryan Garko's two-run homer off Price in the fourth started the comeback. His three-run shot in the ninth off Grant Balfour made it 10-7.

"I wanted to put the barrel of the bat on the ball and just happened to hit a home run," Garko said of his second homer. "The important thing was not making the last out. Nobody wanted to do that."

Jeremy Sowers (1-2) pitched five scoreless innings for the win in his first relief appearance after 51 career starts.

The loss was Tampa Bay's 14th in a row in Cleveland. The Rays have not won a road game against the Indians since a 1-0 victory on Sept. 28, 2005.

The teams combined to use 11 pitchers, who issued a total of 19 walks - 10 by the Rays.

Isringhausen walked the first three men he faced, forcing in one run to make it 10-8. Martinez then lined a 3-2 pitch to center and was mobbed by teammates in Cleveland's biggest win of a disappointing season.

"The walks are unacceptable," Isringhausen. "I'd rather give up home runs than walk guys."

The Indians still have the worst record in the AL at 18-28 and are just 8-11 at home.

But Garko said he felt confident seeing Martinez at the plate with the game on the line. The catcher leads the Indians with 32 RBIs and a .364 batting average.

"That's the guy you want up there in that spot," Garko said.

Price struggled with his command, walking five.

"He had great stuff, but was all over the place," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

Indians starter Fausto Carmona was even wilder. The right-hander unraveled in the second inning, walking the first four men he faced on 20 pitches and giving up five runs while registering only one out.

Gabe Gross hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs for the Rays.

Price struck out the side in the first after Jamey Carroll drew a leadoff walk and went to third on a bloop double by Grady Sizemore. But he couldn't complete the five innings required of a starter to earn a win. The left-hander gave up two runs and four hits, striking out six. He threw 100 pitches - 57 for strikes.

"I was averaging 10 pitches an out," Price said. "I didn't have a feel for anything."

He didn't use sitting for long stretches as an excuse. The Rays twice batted around - in their five-run second and three-run fourth.

"That's what you want as a pitcher, to score runs," Price said. "They gave me 10."

Price was recalled from Triple-A Durham, where he was 1-4 with a 3.93 ERA in eight starts. He started in place of Scott Kazmir, who went on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a strained right quadriceps.

Carmona gave up five runs and three hits with five walks in 1 1-3 innings. He has walked 35 and struck out 33 in 54 2-3 innings this season.

Notes: Maddon got a three-year contract extension. ... Rays INF Akinori Iwamura will have surgery for a torn left ACL and is out for the season. ... The Rays put LHP Brian Shouse on the 15-day DL with a strained left elbow and recalled LHP Randy Choate from Durham. ... Rays SS Jason Bartlett, hitting .431 with 19 RBIs in his last 16 games, did not play. He sprained his left ankle Sunday, but Maddon doesn't think the injury is too serious.






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    TAMPA BAY 0 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 10 10 2
    CLEVELAND 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 7 11 12 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: TAM - DAVID PRICE, LANCE CORMIER (4TH), JOE NELSON (7TH), DALE
    THAYER (8TH), RANDY CHOATE (9TH), GRANT BALFOUR (9TH), JASON
    ISRINGHAUSEN (9TH) AND DIONER NAVARRO
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    May 25 10:41 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY VICTOR MARTINEZ SCORED BEN FRANCISCO AND JAMEY
    CARROLL.
    FINAL SCORE: CLEVELAND 11, TAMPA BAY 10

    Rays 10, Indians 11  Bot 9, 0 OutsMay 25 10:41 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO GRADY SIZEMORE SCORED ASDRUBAL
    CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, G SIZEMORE ON FIRST, J CARROLL ON SECOND, B
    FRANCISCO ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 10
    CLEVELAND 9 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: V MARTINEZ (.361, 0-FOR-5)

    Rays 10, Indians 9  Bot 9, 0 OutsMay 25 10:41 PM
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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY RYAN GARKO (4) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF GRANT BALFOUR SCORED JHONNY PERALTA AND SHIN-SOO CHOO.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 10, CLEVELAND 8
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: M LAPORTA (.190, 0-FOR-4)

    Rays 10, Indians 8  Bot 9, 0 OutsMay 25 10:38 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY SHIN-SOO CHOO SCORED GRADY SIZEMORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S CHOO ON SECOND, J PERALTA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 10
    CLEVELAND 5 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: M DEROSA (.261, 2-FOR-3, BB)

    Rays 10, Indians 5  Bot 9, 0 OutsMay 25 10:12 PM
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    Rays 10, Indians 4  Bot 9, 0 OutsMay 25 9:55 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BEN FRANCISCO SCORED MARK DEROSA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B FRANCISCO ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 10
    CLEVELAND 4 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: J CARROLL (.286, 0-FOR-2, 2 BB)

    Rays 10, Indians 4  Bot 8, 0 OutsMay 25 9:12 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    MATT LAPORTA HIT INTO DOUBLE PLAY SCORING SHIN-SOO CHOO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M DEROSA ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 10
    CLEVELAND 3 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: B FRANCISCO (.242, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Rays 10, Indians 3  Bot 8, 0 OutsMay 25 9:11 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RYAN GARKO (3) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 4TH OFF DAVID PRICE SCORED MARK DEROSA.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 10, CLEVELAND 2
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: M LAPORTA (.205, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays 10, Indians 2  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 25 8:00 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DIONER NAVARRO HIT BY RICH RUNDLES PITCH WITH BASES LOADED
    SCORED CARLOS PENA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D NAVARRO ON FIRST, G GROSS ON SECOND, B
    ZOBRIST ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 10
    CLEVELAND 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: R BRIGNAC (.333, 1-FOR-2, 2 RBI)

    Rays 10, Indians 0  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 25 7:52 PM


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    DOUBLE BY BEN ZOBRIST SCORED EVAN LONGORIA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B ZOBRIST ON SECOND, C PENA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 9
    CLEVELAND 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: G GROSS (.282, 1-FOR-1, BB, HR, 3 RBI)

    Rays 9, Indians 0  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 25 7:51 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS PENA SCORED CARL CRAWFORD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C PENA ON FIRST, E LONGORIA ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 8
    CLEVELAND 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: W AYBAR (.274, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Rays 8, Indians 0  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 25 7:43 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY GABE GROSS (3) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF JENSEN LEWIS SCORED BEN ZOBRIST.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 7, CLEVELAND 0
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D NAVARRO (.211, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays 7, Indians 0  Top 3, 0 OutsMay 25 7:28 PM


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    SINGLE BY CARL CRAWFORD SCORED REID BRIGNAC.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, C CRAWFORD ON FIRST, B UPTON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 5
    CLEVELAND 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E LONGORIA (.331, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays 5, Indians 0  Top 2, 0 OutsMay 25 6:50 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    BUNT SINGLE BY B.J. UPTON SCORED GABE GROSS.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, B UPTON ON FIRST, R BRIGNAC ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 4
    CLEVELAND 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C CRAWFORD (.316, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays 4, Indians 0  Top 2, 0 OutsMay 25 6:47 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY REID BRIGNAC SCORED WILLY AYBAR AND BEN ZOBRIST.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, R BRIGNAC ON FIRST, G GROSS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3
    CLEVELAND 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B UPTON (.194, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays 3, Indians 0  Top 2, 0 OutsMay 25 6:46 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO GABE GROSS SCORED CARLOS PENA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G GROSS ON FIRST, B ZOBRIST ON SECOND, W
    AYBAR ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 1
    CLEVELAND 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D NAVARRO (.212, 2 HR, 10 RBI)

    Rays 1, Indians 0  Top 2, 0 OutsMay 25 6:42 PM