The Indians would have preferred their 14-1 triumph Monday night secured a playoff berth. Instead,…
Indians Come Out Swinging In The Rain
Jake Westbrook (15-10) pitched seven strong innings to finish with the best record on the pitching staff. The right-hander allowed one run on give hits and a walk, striking out six. "He's had another fantastic season," manager Eric Wedge said. "He's been as consistent as you can be at this level. That's not just by happenstance. He works hard in the winter, in the spring and between starts, and that's what leads to giving yourself a chance to be successful when you go out there every fifth day." Westbrook's outing enabled him to surpass 210 total innings for the season. He had a clause in his contract that added another $500,000 to the option year of his contract for 2007 if he went past 210 innings. Westbrook will be paid $6.1 million next season -- if the Indians, as expected, pick up the option. Casey Blake hit two homers, giving him 19 on the season, and Shin-Soo Choo hit his third. "It was great to see him hit the ball the way he did," Wedge said of Blake. "He had some good swings. He looked like his normal self." Ryan Garko continued his potent production with two run-scoring singles, giving him 44 RBI in his rookie season -- including 35 RBI in 36 games since Aug. 20. Victor Martinez singled in his 93rd RBI of the season to continue his strong finish. The switch-hitter has batted .384 (23-for-60) of his last 17 games. Matt Miller and Rafael Betancourt each worked one scoreless inning of relief and Tribe infielders turned three double plays against the Devil Rays -- who lost for the 100th time. Left-hander C.C. Sabathia moved briskly through the clubhouse on crutches before the game. Cleveland's ace starter had arthroscopic knee surgery to clean up some torn cartilage on Friday.
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