A makeup date was not immediately set, but the only day remaining during the season in which both teams are not scheduled is Sept. 8, the day after a three-game series between the AL Central rivals in Detroit.
"I was ready. I wanted to play," Indians outfielder Coco Crisp said. "I think everybody in this clubhouse came here ready -- even though it's been raining all day."
The Indians arrived at Jacobs Field tied in the AL wild-card race with the Los Angeles Angels, one game behind the New York Yankees.
Both managers moved back their starting pitchers for Wednesday night's scheduled game.
Maroth is 5-2 with a 3.45 ERA in his career against Cleveland.
Lee, 5-0 in his last eight starts overall this season, is 2-1 but with a 7.00 ERA lifetime against the Tigers.
Cleveland has improved its standing in the wild-card race and moved within seven games of first-place Chicago in the AL Central by going 19-7 in August. That includes a 10-8 win Tuesday night after spotting the Tigers a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The Indians responded with six runs in the bottom half -- becoming the third team in 50 years to lead entering the second inning after trailing by five and the only one to win the game.
On July 20, 1982, the Atlanta Braves scored five in the top of the first at St. Louis, but the Cardinals scored six in the bottom half. The Braves came back to win 8-6.
The Indians took a 5-0 first-inning lead in Chicago on May 17, 1999, but the White Sox plated six in the bottom half against Bartolo Colon. Cleveland came back to win 13-9.