CLEVELAND (AP) – Pinch-hitter Travis Lee homered off Bob Wickman with one out in the ninth inning Sunday, sending the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 1-0 victory over the Indians and their first series sweep in Cleveland.

The Devil Rays had lost four straight when they arrived in Cleveland, where they were 7-21 all-time. But they completed their 12-game road trip with a three-game sweep and hurt the Indians’ wild-card chances.

The Indians entered the series on a six-game winning streak – all on the road. But Cleveland, which is 11 games over .500 on the road, dropped to 27-30 at Jacobs Field.

Joe Borowski (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings and Danys Baez worked the ninth for his 25th save. Borowski has not allowed a run in 15 1-3 innings since being signed by Tampa Bay on July 11.

Lee, batting for Eduardo Perez, worked the count to 3-2 against Wickman (0-4) before hitting his second pinch-hit homer of the season and extending his hitting streak to 11 games. It also was his team-record eighth pinch-hit this year in 14 opportunities. He has six homers overall.

Starting pitchers Cliff Lee for Cleveland and Scott Kazmir for Tampa Bay were at their best with runners on base.

Lee gave up six hits and one walk while striking out three in eight scoreless innings – his longest outing in 24 starts this season.

The left-hander bounced back from a poor outing in Kansas City on Tuesday night, when he gave up eight hits and six runs in five innings of a no-decision. The Indians rallied to win 13-7 with an 11-run ninth.

This time, he stranded seven runners, including two each in the first and seventh.

Kazmir gave up six hits in six scoreless innings, striking out seven, including Cleveland’s 3-4-5 hitters with two on in the first.

He got some defensive help, too. With two on in the sixth, the left-hander struck out Jose Hernandez, but yielded a single to Casey Blake. Left fielder Jonny Gomes fielded the ball quickly and made a one-hop throw that was slightly up the first-base line, but in plenty of time for catcher Toby Hall to get back to the plate and tag out Travis Hafner, who was trying to score from second.

Blake’s hit broke Cleveland’s 0-for-18 streak, including 0-for-7 against Kazmir, with runners in scoring position.

Blake, who left Saturday’s game with bruised right shoulder after being hit by a pitch from Seth McClung, started at first base for the first time since Sept. 23, 2003.

Notes: Hall of Famer Bob Feller, 86, threw out the first pitch as he was honored for his pitching career and service in World War II. All fans received a Feller figurine as they came through the gates. … Indians C Victor Martinez extended his hitting streak to 12 games. … Tampa Bay DH Jorge Cantu, who had three homers in the first two games of the series, went 2-for-4 Sunday and was 8-for-14 (.571) with six RBIs in the series. … The last time Lee pitched eight innings also was against Tampa Bay, on Aug. 22, 2003.

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