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MLB: Cleveland 3, Tampa Bay 1

July 5, 2012 at 10:36 PM   |   Comments

CLEVELAND, July 5 (UPI) -- Josh Tomlin limited Tampa Bay to two hits and a run over seven innings Thursday in carrying the Cleveland Indians to a 3-1 victory over the Rays.

Tomlin (5-5) has won back-to-back starts for the first time this season. He did not walk a batter and the only run he allowed came in on a groundout by Jose Molina in the fifth after Will Rhymes had tripled.

Cleveland gave Tomlin a 2-0 lead on solo homers in the first by Shin-Soo Choo and in the second by Travis Hafner. Michael Brantley hit another home run for the Indians in the eighth.

Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez each gave up a hit in tone inning of work, with Perez picking up his 24th save. It was Cleveland's third win in a row.

Jeremy Hellickson (4-5) lost his fifth consecutive decision, allowing two runs on five hits in six frames.

Tampa Bay first baseman Luke Scott established a franchise record by extending his hitless streak to 39 at-bats. He went 0-for-3.

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