CLEVELAND - Ben Francisco drove in a career-high four runs Thursday night to help the Cleveland Indians snap a 10-game losing streak with a 13-2 victory over Tampa Bay that extended the Rays' skid to four.
Cleveland last dropped 10 in a row in 1979 and avoided its longest streak in 77 years by hitting four home runs to overcome a 2-0 deficit. The last time the Indians lost 11 straight was 1931, on the way to a team-record 12 consecutive losses.
Francisco and David Dellucci each hit two-run homers in a five-run fifth against Andy Sonnanstine (10-4). Casey Blake hit a solo shot in a seven-run eighth off Gary Glover.
Aaron Laffey (5-5) earned Cleveland's first win since recently traded CC Sabathia shut out the Cincinnati Reds 6-0 on June 27. Laffey allowed two runs and four hits over six innings, winning for the first time in five starts since June 12.
Tampa Bay came in with baseball's best record (55-35), but lost for the 10th straight time in Cleveland. Tampa Bay last won at the Indians' home on Sept. 29, 2005, when Lou Piniella was its manager. The Rays' 26-56 record overall against Cleveland is their worst against any opponent.
Kelly Shoppach got Cleveland going by poking a one-out single to right in the fifth. Dellucci, in a 7-for-47 (.149) slump, followed by hitting his seventh homer - and first since June 4.
Andy Marte then singled, went to third on a single by Grady Sizemore and scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Jamey Carroll to put Cleveland ahead. Francisco followed with his eighth homer.