CLEVELAND -- The Raiders fell behind early against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday never managed to catch up in a 23-9 loss at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
The Raiders had the ball at the Browns 24-yard line early in the fourth quarter, but a Charlie Frye pass for wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins was intercepted by cornerback Brandon McDonald and returned 39 yards. The Browns parlayed their good fortune into a field goal that increased their lead to 23-9.
A last-gasp effort by the Raiders to get back into the game ended with four straight incomplete passes by Frye from the Browns 2 late in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders dropped to 5-10 with the loss and failed to win back-to-back games for the fifth time this season and to reach six wins in a season for the first time since the 2002 season.
The Raiders spotted the Browns a 10-point lead early in the first quarter, thanks to an interception by Frye on his first pass attempt that keyed a short touchdown drive and a sustained drive that resulted in a field goal.
The Raiders answered with two Sebastian Janikowski field goals to cut the lead to 10-6. The Browns extended the lead to 17-6 on a 93-yard drive in the final 1 minute, 46 seconds.
The Raiders aided the drive by committing two personal-four penalties for a combined 30 yards. Janikowski kicked a 61-yard field goal on the final play of the half to shave the lead to eight.
Janikowski's field goal set a personal and
The Browns extended the lead to 20-9 with a third-quarter field goal. An opportunity to increase the lead and, perhaps, put it out of reach died with a fumble at the Raiders 6 by running back Jerome Harrison.
Harrison surpassed 100 yards rushing for the second straight game. He rushed for 286 yards and three touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs a week earlier.
The Raiders were beset by penalties. They committed 13 infractions for 126 yards and had two players — cornerback Stanford Routt and tight end Tony Stewart -- ejected for flagrant fouls.
Frye passed for more than 300 yards in his first game here since he was traded one game into the 2007 season. However, he also had three passes intercepted, including one at the Browns 5 with the Raiders trailing 23-9.