Rays-Indians: Tribe Grinds Out Fourth Straight Win

Ryan MaceContributor IMay 28, 2009

CLEVELAND - APRIL 10:  Victor Martinez #41 of the Cleveland Indians hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning April 10, 2009 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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The Indians (21-28) have won their fourth consecutive ballgame, completing a home sweep of the Rays on Thursday.

Rookie pitcher David Huff threw four innings of shutout baseball and, combining with the relief work of Jensen Lewis, Matt Herges, and Rafael Betancourt, the Indians' pitching staff was able to stifle the Rays lineup for eight innings, handing it over to Kerry Wood in the ninth.

Victor Martinez drove in the team's two runs, going 1-for-4 on the day. Asdrubal Cabrera had the only multi-hit game for the Indians, going 2-for-4.

The Rays' only run of the game came on Willie Aybar's solo home run in the sixth, which was held up after video replay.

The Rays have now lost five in a row, and an overall 17 straight in Cleveland, the longest losing streak against one team in club history.

It was the first sweep of the year for the Indians, and the first four game sweep since the Tribe did it to the Rays last year at Progressive Field on July 10-13.

The Indians' bullpen, which has struggled much of this season, excelled Thursday. Jensen Lewis, Matt Herges, Rafael Betancourt, and Kerry Wood combined to hold Tampa Bay to one run on four hits over five innings after a two-hour, 40-minute rain delay in the fourth inning knocked out Huff. Herges was credited with the win.

This is a big win for the Indians, as they look to climb back into the AL Central race.