Indians 5, Rays 0 (Box)
Cliff Lee improved to 12-2 on the season, and lowered his AL leading ERA to 2.31 in six innings of work Friday night. Cliff struck out 7 and walked only 1 to get the win. For the second consecutive night the Tribe bats were alive, especially the top of the order. The Indians 1-4 hitters were 8 for 16 with all 5 RBI. Ben Francisco had a pair of doubles, and was 3 for 4. He is 6 for 9 so far in this series against the Rays. Jhonny Peralta doubled and homered, and is also having an excellent series against Tampa, at least offensively.
Lee will now rest his arm for the All-Star game, which is Tuesday night in New York. He was replaced by Rafael Perez, who continued his hot pitching, and then Edward Mujica worked the last of the eighth and ninth.
Andy Marte was 0-4, which dropped his July batting average to .250. Casey Blake again played first, as Ryan Garko sat against the right handed James Shields. It was Garko’s second straight game on the bench.