- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 14, 2002

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Karim Garcia hit his second career grand slam during a seven-run fifth inning as Cleveland beat Tampa Bay 9-5 last night.
Garcia made it 8-2 when he hit the first pitch off Tanyon Sturtze (1-13) into the right-field seats.
Lee Stevens had walked on a close 3-2 pitch with two outs before Garcia connected for his first slam since Sept. 23, 1998.
C.C. Sabathia (8-9) gave up three runs and six hits over seven innings. He has beaten Tampa Bay in consecutive starts.
Mark Wohlers got two outs for his fifth save.
Cleveland's Ellis Burks moved with one hit of No.2,000 when he singled in the fifth. He was 1-for-5.
Sturtze allowed eight runs and seven hits in six innings. The right-hander has given up 200 hits and 74 walks over 165⅔ innings this season. He is 0-5 in his last nine starts since his lone win over Toronto on June 26.
Matt Lawton snapped an 0-for-10 slide with a two-run single in the fifth that put Cleveland up 3-2.
Jim Thome got the Indians within 2-1 with a fourth-inning solo homer. His 35th homer went an estimated 436 feet to center.
Thome has gone deep three times in four games against Tampa Bay this season.
Tampa Bay took a 2-0 lead in the second. Andy Sheets had an RBI grounder and Chris Gomez added a run-scoring double.
Sheets has driven in 15 runs in 15 games since being called up from Class AAA Durham on June 20.
Tampa Bay's Jason Conti had an RBI single in the sixth to make it 8-3. Randy Winn added a two-run single in the ninth.
Indians CF Milton Bradley was a late scratch with the stomach flu. Winn was back in the lineup after getting the past two games off. He was hitless in 18 at-bats before his ninth-inning single.
Cleveland purchased the contract of RHP Dave Burba from Class AA Akron.
… Sturtze has allowed 14 homers in his past seven starts. … The Devil Rays are 5-16 this season, and 50-114 all-time, when the opposition starts a left-hander. … Cleveland SS Omar Vizquel batted leadoff for the second straight game and went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. He has two hits in his past 37 at-bats.

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