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Jul 11, 2010 - 4:38 AM By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer

Cleveland (34-52) at Tampa Bay (52-34), 1:40 p.m. EDT

Perhaps the only thing that can slow down the surging Tampa Bay Rays is a few days off.

The Rays head into the All-Star break looking to win their third straight series with a second consecutive victory over the visiting Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Gabe Kapler had a two-run single and Matt Garza allowed one hit in six solid innings of Tampa Bay's 4-0 win over the Indians on Saturday. After going 11-14 in June, the Rays (53-34) are 8-2 in July, second in the AL East and playing with plenty of confidence heading into the break.

Manager Joe Maddon is happy with the way his team overcame a tough month by winning six of seven against probable postseason contenders Minnesota and Boston, then taking two of three in this four-game set with the last-place Indians (34-53).

"We're starting to get it," Maddon told the Rays' official website. "I believe those are the kinds of teams that play in October and have a chance to win, and that's what we're starting to look like again."

The Rays have showed decent balance by averaging 5.2 runs and posting a 3.73 ERA while winning nine of 11 overall.

"It's the team concept," Maddon said.

Shortstop Jason Bartlett is batting .228, but had two hits with an RBI on Saturday. He is 6 for 18 in his last six games, and 4 for 11 with three RBIs versus Cleveland this season.

Jeff Niemann (7-2, 2.65 ERA) looks to head into the break with a second straight victory for the Rays. The right-hander allowed a run and four hits in six innings of a 3-2 win over Boston on Tuesday for his first victory since June 8.

Niemann, 16-4 since June 1, 2009, is 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA in two starts versus Cleveland. He gave up three runs in six innings of a 4-3, 11-inning win over the Indians on May 17.

Jhonny Peralta is 4 for 5 against Niemann. The veteran infielder is 4 for 8 in this series for the Indians, losers in six of nine since winning five in a row.

Cleveland has scored 23 runs in those three victories and seven in the six losses.

"You can't complain," manager Manny Acta told the Indians' official website. "You've still got to score runs somehow, some way."

Making matters worse, the Indians could be without slugger Travis Hafner after he left Saturday's game with upper back stiffness. The Indians already are playing without injuried starters Grady Sizemore (knee), Asdrubal Cabrera (forearm) and Shin-Soo Choo (thumb).

Cleveland's Justin Masterson (3-8, 5.22) takes the ball hoping to bounce back after being roughed up in his last outing.

Coming off a start where gave up a run in 8 1-3 innings to beat Toronto on July 1, Masterson allowed seven in 5 1-3 innings of a 12-1 loss at Texas on Tuesday.

The right-hander is 1-2 with a 7.00 ERA as a starter against Tampa Bay.






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    Indians 5, Rays 6  Final/10Jul 12 8:53 AM


  • Rays 6, Indians 5 - FINAL
    CLEVELAND ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    M Brantley cf 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 .118
    J Nix 2b 4 1 0 0 0 1 1 .204
    C Santana dh 5 1 2 0 0 1 0 .284
    A Kearns rf 5 1 2 2 0 1 1 .270
    M LaPorta 1b 4 1 1 1 1 2 1 .255
    A Marte 3b 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .185
    T Crowe lf

    Jul 11 5:19 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JASON BARTLETT SCORED CARL CRAWFORD
    FINAL SCORE - TAMPA BAY 6, CLEVELAND 5.

    Indians 5, Rays 6  Bot 10, 0 OutsJul 11 5:18 PM
  • 125
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    RUWTbot Added 53 roots (Extra Innings)

    Indians 5, Rays 5  Top 10, 0 OutsJul 11 4:54 PM
  • 72
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    RUWTbot Added 72 roots (Close Finish)

    Indians 5, Rays 5  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 11 3:56 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND DP BY ANDERSON HERNANDEZ SCORED ANDY MARTE
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, T CROWE ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 5
    TAMPA BAY 5 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: M BRANTLEY (.121, 0-FOR-3)

    Indians 5, Rays 5  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 11 3:30 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY TREVOR CROWE SCORED MATT LAPORTA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T CROWE ON FIRST, A MARTE ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 4
    TAMPA BAY 5 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: C GIMENEZ (.000, 0-FOR-2)

    Indians 4, Rays 5  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 11 3:27 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY B.J. UPTON SCORED EVAN LONGORIA
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J JASO ON FIRST, M JOYCE ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3
    TAMPA BAY 5 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: R BRIGNAC (.269, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Indians 3, Rays 5  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 11 3:17 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CARL CRAWFORD (11) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH
    0 OUT IN THE 5TH OFF JUSTIN MASTERSON SCORED BEN ZOBRIST.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3, TAMPA BAY 4
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E LONGORIA (.299, 2-FOR-2)

    Indians 3, Rays 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 11 3:09 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY REID BRIGNAC SCORED B.J. UPTON
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R BRIGNAC ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3
    TAMPA BAY 2 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: S RODRIGUEZ (.270, 0-FOR-1)

    Indians 3, Rays 2  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 11 2:50 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY ANDY MARTE ALLOWED CARL CRAWFORD TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C PENA ON FIRST, C PENA ON SECOND, E
    LONGORIA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3
    TAMPA BAY 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: M JOYCE (.162, 1 HR, 5 RBI)

    Indians 3, Rays 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 11 2:06 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CLEVELAND 3 3 3 0
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: CLE - JUSTIN MASTERSON
    TAM - JEFF NIEMANN

    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B ZOBRIST (.284, 5 HR, 41 RBI)
    C CRAWFORD (.320, 10 HR, 48 RBI)
    E LONGORIA (.294, 13 HR, 61 RBI)

    Indians 3, Rays 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 11 1:52 PM