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Westbrook, Indians go for third straight win

Sep 30, 2006 - 3:34 PM Tampa Bay (61-99) at Cleveland (76-84) 7:05 pm EDT

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Jake Westbrook and the Cleveland Indians both go for their third consecutive win on Saturday as they continue their four-game series against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Westbrook (14-10, 4.27 ERA) got a good amount of run support in his second straight winning decision Sunday, an 11-6 victory over Texas. The righthander was responsible for five runs, nine hits and three walks in five innings. He owns a 4-2 record with a 4.62 ERA in eight career starts against the Devil Rays.

The Indians can continue their march to ending the 2006 campaign on a successful note. Following a 5-4 triumph in the opener Thursday, they edge the Devil Rays, 2-1, on Friday. Jhonny Peralta drew a bases-loaded walk, pushing home the winning run in the ninth.

Tampa Bay will try to take steps towards a series' split with Jae Seo (1-7, 4.87) on the hill. The Korean righthander was rocked for a season-high eight runs and seven hits in only 1 2/3 frames of a 16-1 rout to the New York Yankees on Monday.

Rocco Baldelli belted his 16th homer for the Devil Rays, who are in jeopardy of joining the 1943 Philadelphia Athletics as the only teams to collect as few as three road wins after the All-Star break. They have dropped 31 of their last 34 on the road since July 1.

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