The Cleveland Indians aren't making up any ground in the AL Central race, but they've been playing better of late.
The Tampa Bay Rays can't make that claim.
Cleveland will try to match a season high with a fourth consecutive win Friday night when it continues its four-game series against the visiting Rays.
Since totaling 11 runs during a season-worst five-game skid, the Indians (43-39) have gone 6-2 to keep pace with the surging Chicago White Sox, whom they trail by two games for the Central lead.
The Indians, winners of six of seven at home, are batting .333 with 14 homers and 56 runs in their last eight games overall. Shin-Soo Choo, Michael Brantley and Travis Hafner all homered in Thursday's 3-1 victory over Tampa Bay to open this series.
Choo will look to extend his home hitting streak to nine after going 2 for 3 on Thursday. He's batting .327 with eight home runs since moving to the top of the order May 14, after batting .235 with one homer up to that point this season.