Indians beat Rays for fifth straight
Millwood allows one run to pick up win
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- The Indians used a string of small innings early to build a 4-0 lead, and the bullpen held on down the stretch Sunday as the Tribe defeated the Devil Rays, 6-3, in front of 3,990 fans at Chain of Lakes Park.
In building the early lead, the Indians did all their damage off left-hander Mark Hendrickson, who allowed 10 hits before giving way to right-hander Chris Brock with two runners on and no outs in the fifth. Brock escaped the threat to hold the Indians without a run that inning.
The Devil Rays, who benefited from good relief pitching, had other concerns, such as in staging a rally to overtake the Tribe.
The Indians got a strong start from right-hander Kevin Millwood, who allowed just three hits and one run before turning over a 4-1 lead to the Indians' bullpen.
The Rays chipped two runs off that three-run lead on Carl Crawford's two-run homer off reliever Matt Miller in the seventh.
In the eighth, Jhonny Peralta's RBI double and a D-Rays error stretched the Indians' lead back to three runs.
Left-hander Cliff Bartosh, vying for a spot in the Indians' bullpen, came on in the ninth to seal the win.
Justice B. Hill is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.