Tribe's Sowers beats Rays, wins fourth straight decision

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tom Mastny earned himself a chance
to become the Cleveland Indians' closer.

Mastny allowed one hit and struck out three over two scoreless
innings for his first career save as the Indians beat the Tampa Bay
Devil Rays 5-3 on Saturday night.

"He'll get another opportunity," Indians manager Eric Wedge
said. "Mastny did a great job. The way he pitched tonight said a
lot about his mental toughness. It was great to see for him and for

Cleveland, which has lost a major league-high seven games this
year when leading after eight innings, has been looking to fill the
closer role since Bob Wickman was traded to Atlanta last month.

"He throws a lot of strikes," Wedge said of Mastny. "From
what we've seen up there, his secondary stuff has been a little
better maybe than we anticipated. His fastball has some life to it,
and he trusts his stuff."

Jeremy Sowers won his fourth consecutive decision and Jhonny Peralta had a two-run triple during a three-run fourth for the
Indians, who are 14-28 on the road since May 8. Travis Hafner hit
his 37th homer of the season

"It's always nice to come in there -- Jeremy pitched a great
game -- and just save the game for him," Mastny said. "I was just
going out there and trying to throw strikes."

Mastny made just his fourth appearance since having his contract
purchased from Triple-A Buffalo on July 24.

"Tom's composure and mound presence is extremely good, and he
throws strikes," Sowers said.

Sowers (5-3) gave up two runs and four hits in six innings. He
is 4-0 in last six starts.

Tampa Bay starter Tim Corcoran (4-5) didn't allow a hit until
Victor Martinez lined a single to right with one out in the fourth.

After Ryan Garko had a two-out single later in the fourth,
Peralta tied it at 2 with a two-run triple. The Indians took a 3-2
lead when Peralta scored on Joe Inglett's single.

The fourth inning ended when Inglett was thrown out at the plate
trying to score from second after Corcoran's ball four pitch to
Grady Sizemore went to the backstop.

Hafner extended the Cleveland lead to 4-2 on his solo shot off
Shawn Camp in the seventh. He tied his career-high from 2004 with
109 RBI.

Tampa Bay got the run back in the bottom of the seventh on Carl
Crawford's run-scoring single off Fausto Carmona, who has given up
10 earned runs over his last 15 innings.

Andy Marte made it 5-3 with an RBI double in the eighth.

Dioner Navarro put the Devil Rays ahead 2-0 on a two-run double
in the first. Rocco Baldelli and Jonny Gomes, who walked, scored on
the hit.

"We had the lead, unfortunately we didn't keep scoring,"
Navarro said.

Tampa Bay has lost 44 times this season after having the lead.

Corcoran allowed three runs, five hits, five walks and had two
strikeouts in four innings. The right-hander is 0-5 in seven starts
since his last win on July 9.

"I wasn't aggressive," Corcoran said. "There's been a couple
starts where I haven't been aggressive. The same thing happened in
those starts."

Game notes
Hafner has four homers and 15 RBI during a 10-game hitting
streak. ... Cleveland drew four walks in the first two innings, but
hit into a pair of double plays. ... Corcoran threw 43 of 85
pitches for strikes. He made 41 pitches in the fourth. ... Indians
LF Jason Michaels snapped an 0-for-17 slide with a fifth-inning
single. ... Crawford is hitting .365 (38-for-104) with runners in
scoring position this season.