Cleveland 7, Tampa Bay 5


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- This time, C.C. Sabathia needed the
Cleveland Indians offense's help.

Jody Gerut and Travis Hafner homered during a six-run seventh
inning as the Indians came from behind to beat the Tampa Bay Devil
Rays 7-5 Saturday night.

Sabathia (12-7) allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings.
He gave up three homers, which tied a career high.

"The guys swung the bats well and picked me up," Sabathia
said. "That was great. We ended up getting a win."

Casey Blake had a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh for
the Indians, who are 12-6 since Aug. 6.

"It was a great comeback victory," Indians manager Eric Wedge
said. "I was happy we were able to comeback for C.C. He's picked
us up so many times this year."

Tampa Bay starter Rob Bell held a 5-0 lead and had retired nine
straight before Gerut opened the seventh with a homer.

After Ryan Ludwick walked, Hafner then ended Bell's night with a
two-run shot that got the Indians within 5-3.

Matt Lawton made it a one-run game on an RBI grounder before
Blake's two-run single put Cleveland ahead 6-5.

Hafner also hit a solo homer in the eighth to give the Indians a
7-5 lead. It was his first multihomer game.

"When guys get hits, everybody else gets confidence," Hafner
said. "You start to get some guys on base, the team feeds off

David Riske pitched the ninth for his second save in seven

"I was really proud the way the guys responded and were able to
find a way," Wedge said.

Bell allowed three runs and five hits over six-plus innings.
Loser Brandon Backe (1-1) gave up three runs, one hit and two walks
while getting one out.

"The bullpen came in and didn't get the job done," Tampa Bay
manager Lou Piniella said. "We walked four in that inning. We're
going to spring training next year and guys that can't throw
strikes aren't going north."

Adam Piatt had a pair of solo homers for Tampa Bay, which has
dropped four straight. They were his first two homers since being
claimed off waivers from Oakland last Tuesday.

"A win would have been better," Piatt said.

Julio Lugo ended Sabathia's bid for consecutive shutouts by
hitting a leadoff homer in the first. The left-hander blanked Tampa
Bay on just four hits in Cleveland's 1-0 win on Aug. 15.

"I struggled throwing fastballs for strikes," Sabathia said.
"My breaking ball was good. My change up was leaving the yard

Antonio Perez, mired in a 2-for-31 slide, opened the Devil Rays'
third with a triple. He scored to make it 2-0 when Indians catcher
Josh Bard was charged with an error after an errant throw on a pick
off attempt.

Piatt's homer and an RBI double by Toby Hall in the fourth
extended the Tampa Bay lead to 4-0.

The Devil Rays went up 5-0 on Piatt's second homer of the game
in the sixth.

Game notes
Sabathia hadn't allowed a homer in 33 innings preceding
Lugo's homer. ... Piatt is the first player to hit two homers off
Sabathia in the same game. ... It was Lugo's fourth career leadoff
homer and the Devil Rays first since Randy Winn accomplished the
feat against Seattle on July 13, 2002. ... The five-run lead was
the biggest squandered by the Devil Rays this season. ... Sabathia
has won all four career starts against Tampa Bay.