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Lee tosses gem in winning sixth decision in a row

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DETROIT -- The Cleveland Indians score a lot of runs for Cliff Lee. He didn't need the support Tuesday night.

Lee allowed four hits over eight shutout innings and Cleveland beat the Detroit Tigers 6-1 on Tuesday night to move to within a half-game of first-place New York in the AL wild-card race.

Grady Sizemore, Coco Crisp and Aaron Boone homered to account for all of Cleveland's runs. Crisp had three hits and stole a base.

Detroit scored in the ninth, its first run in 27 innings, to avoid its third consecutive shutout. The Tigers have lost six in a row.

"It's time for the troops to dig a little deeper here. We get to find out what we're made of," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "We've hit pretty much a low point in the season for me, and there's no pity party."

Lee (15-4) won his sixth consecutive decision, walking two and striking out four as he had the Tigers off balance throughout the game.

"Things went pretty good for me," Lee said. "They didn't score and I can't complain about that."

Detroit could only manage two hits by Magglio Ordonez, a two-out single in the first and a leadoff double in the fourth, a single by Dmitri Young in the sixth and a single by Placido Polanco leading off the eighth.

"I located my fastball," Lee said. "I didn't have a good grip on it, but I was locating it well. They started looking for the fastball and I started throwing changeups."

Ordonez' first-inning single followed a walk to Ivan Rodriguez and gave the Tigers runners on first and second with two outs. But Lee induced Young to foul out to end the inning.

Lee retired the next three batters after Ordonez's fourth-inning double.

Young's single in the sixth gave Detroit runners on first and second with two outs, after Rodriguez reached on an error by Boone at third base.

But Lee struck out Craig Monroe looking to end that threat and retired the next three batters after Polanco's single in the eighth.

Jason Johnson (7-12) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings, walking two and striking out two.

"I don't know if we're running out of gas. I can't explain it," Johnson said. "It's just one of those things where we're kind of in a rut right now. Our starters had a rough couple weeks, and I feel like our starters are really starting to come back and pitch well again. The hitters are having a little rough week now, too."

The Tigers scored in the ninth when Brandon Inge tripled off David Riske with one out to score Young, who had walked and moved to second on a passed ball.

Crisp put Cleveland ahead 2-0 in the third with his two-out, two-run homer, his 11th of the season.

"Coco has been really stepping up in big situations," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "... He has no fear."

Boone led off the seventh with his 13th homer of the season, off Franklyn German, to make it 3-0.

Sizemore added a three-run homer in the eighth, off Craig Dingman, his 17th of the season.

"That's what you play for," Sizemore said of the wild-card race. "You play all year in a lot of games. This is the spot you play for."


  • Rodriguez's walk in the first inning was only his seventh of the season and first since July 26.
  • Cleveland 2B Ronnie Belliard recorded his first triple of the season in the second inning.
  • Ordonez is 7-for-12 lifetime against Lee.
  • Home plate umpire Bill Hohn ejected two fans during the eighth inning for swearing at Trammell.
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Cliff Lee yields four hits and two walks over eight scoreless innings, while striking out four.  (AP)
Cliff Lee yields four hits and two walks over eight scoreless innings, while striking out four. (AP)

Players of the Game

G. Sizemore
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

C. Crisp
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4223101 .288
Coco Crisp, LF4132100 .297
Jhonny Peralta, SS4000123 .284
Travis Hafner, DH3000113 .307
Victor Martinez, C5010014 .291
Ron Belliard, 2B4120001 .282
Ben Broussard, 1B5000014 .256
Aaron Boone, 3B4111002 .245
Casey Blake, RF2100100 .243
2B - Ron Belliard (30, Dingman)
3B - Ron Belliard (1, J. Johnson)
HR - Grady Sizemore (17, Dingman), Coco Crisp (11, J. Johnson), Aaron Boone (13, German)
SH - Ron Belliard (6)
RBI - Grady Sizemore 3 (71), Coco Crisp 2 (56), Aaron Boone (49)
2-OUT RBI - Grady Sizemore 3 (33), Coco Crisp 2 (25)
SB - Coco Crisp (14, 2nd base off J. Johnson/Rodriguez)
CS - Grady Sizemore (8, 2nd base by J. Johnson/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 10
PB - Victor Martinez (2)
E - Aaron Boone (14, Wild throw)
Cleveland Indians
Cliff Lee (W,15-4) 8400240 3.72
David Riske 1111120 2.91
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 111-67, David Riske 23-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 8-13
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 31, David Riske 5
Detroit Tigers
Placido Polanco, 2B4010000 .327
Chris Shelton, 1B4000011 .296
Ivan Rodriguez, C3000101 .293
Magglio Ordonez, RF4020002 .323
Dmitri Young, DH3110113 .269
Craig Monroe, LF4000014 .278
Brandon Inge, 3B3011101 .265
Omar Infante, SS3000001 .227
   a- Carlos Pena, PH1000011 .233
Nook Logan, CF3000011 .257
   b- Curtis Granderson, PH1000011 .254
a-struck out for Infante in the 9th
b-struck out for Logan in the 9th
2B - Magglio Ordonez (16, Lee)
3B - Brandon Inge (8, Riske)
RBI - Brandon Inge (62)
Team LOB - 8
E - Brandon Inge (21, Wild throw)
Detroit Tigers
Jason Johnson (L,7-12) 6522221 4.55
Franklyn German 0.1211101 3.42
Sean Douglass 0.2000110 6.33
Craig Dingman 1233111 3.86
Jamie Walker 1000010 3.59
HBP - Blake (by Craig Dingman), Hafner (by Jamie Walker)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Johnson 103-62, Franklyn German 14-6, Sean Douglass 14-6, Craig Dingman 19-13, Jamie Walker 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Johnson 9-7, Franklyn German 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Johnson 25, Franklyn German 4, Sean Douglass 3, Craig Dingman 7, Jamie Walker 4
Game Information
Attendance - 15308
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Bill Hohn, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Doug Eddings