Rays-Indians: Francisco Powers Tribe to Third Straight Win

Ryan MaceContributor IMay 28, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 16:  Ben Francisco #12 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the New York Yankees during opening day at the new Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced the old Yankee Stadium as the Yankees home field.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Indians have won three straight games for the first time this year, after dumping the Tampa Bay Rays 12-7 Wednesday night at Progressive Field.

Ben Francisco had a huge night, going three for five and coming within a triple of hitting for the cycle.

Francisco's biggest hit of the night came in the bottom of the second inning. With the Tribe down five to nothing, it looked like it was going to be another one of "those" nights for the Indians. Francisco came up with two runner on and sent a three-run homer over the left field wall, propelling the Indians to a five run second inning.

They never looked back.

After the Rays struck back with a run in the top of the third inning on a throwing error, by third baseman Jhonny Peralta, the Tribe powered back with three of their own in the bottom half. Two of the runs were driven in by Francisco, and the other was Francisco scoring on a single by Asdrubal Cabrera.

Cleveland reliever Greg Aquino threw two scoreless innings to pick up his first win of the season (1-0), and the Indians sixth win in their last eight games. Luis Vizcaino pitched three scoreless to pick up his first save since September 29, 2004, as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Tampa Bay has lost four straight and an embarrassing sixteen straight in Cleveland. Their last win at Cleveland was a 1-0 pitcher's duel in September of 2005.