Rain can’t stop surge

The fifth inning has been very kind to the Indians as of late. After scoring six in the inning in Saturday’s game to beat the Tigers, the Tribe put up three in the fifth Monday night to take care of the Blue Jays 6-4 on a soggy and damp night at the Jake. Starter Paul Byrd didn’t have his greatest outing, allowing three earned runs and 10 hits in five innings, but managed to get his 10th win of the season. The Tribe’s leadoff man led the offensive charge. Grady Sizemore homered, doubled twice, and scored half of the runs. Ryan Garko also shined on the night with two doubles and two RBIs. Wedge had plenty of praise for the Tribe’s center fielder, and deservedly so.

“If he’s not the best all-around player, he’s one of the top players,” Wedge said. “And when you look at the effect he has on his teammates because of the way he plays and the consistency with which he plays, I’ll take him over anybody.”

After Byrd left, Cabrera, Betancourt, and Mastny put the game to bed, pitching four innings of scoreless relief. Masty earned his fourth consecutive save to give the Tribe their fifth win in their last six games.

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