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Blake's 26-game hitting streak ends in Indians' rout of Phillies

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CLEVELAND -- Cliff Lee followed his return from the disabled list with a more important comeback.

After a rough start to the season, the left-hander finally looks all right.

Lee shut down the NL's highest-scoring team and Kelly Shoppach hit a three-run homer off Cole Hamels, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 10-1 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night.

Lee (4-4), injured and inconsistent most of this season, improved to 10-1 in interleague play. He won for just the second time in six starts, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings -- his longest start since May 8.

"I didn't do my job there for a while," said Lee, who missed all of April after getting hurt early in spring training. "But now I'm starting to get where I want to be. Hopefully, I can carry this over and keep it rolling."

Shoppach, batting .552 (16-for-29) in his last eight games, connected in the second inning off Hamels (9-3), the NL's only nine-game winner. The left-hander was roughed up for six runs and eight hits in five innings.

Shoppach added an RBI double in the sixth, Jason Michaels homered in the seventh and Grady Sizemore had two hits, two steals -- giving him a career-high 22 -- and scored twice as the recently up-and-down Indians improved to 8-9 in June.

About the only thing that didn't go Cleveland's way was Casey Blake's hitting streak, which ended at 26 games -- the longest in the majors this season. Blake, who went 0-for-3 and was hit by a pitch, was on deck when Josh Barfield flied out to end the eighth.

"I wanted it to end," Blake deadpanned. "Really it just wasn't in the cards. That's why that streak (Joe DiMaggio's 56-gamer) is so amazing. It takes a lot of luck."

Ryan Howard hit his 15th homer for Philadelphia in the sixth.

Lee began the season on the DL with an abdominal strain, but until recently he hadn't pitched up to expectations and had heard so from disappointed manager Eric Wedge. Lee, though, had little trouble with the Phillies.

He worked in a curveball and changeup with his fastball, a mixture the Phillies couldn't handle.

Lee's early season struggles had weighed on him more than he publicly admitted.

"He was frustrated after the games," Blake said. "I told him, 'You're thinking about it too much.' He's now pitching like we've seen him before."

The Indians backed Lee with sparkling defense.

Barfield made a diving stop at second base and threw out Chase Utley from his knees in the fourth. In the sixth, right fielder Franklin Gutierrez snagged Aaron Rowand's liner as he crashed into the padded wall. And in the seventh, Lee threw a one-hopper to shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who fielded it, stepped on second and threw to first for a double play.

"We had some chances to score, but we couldn't get the hit to get us a couple of runs," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who made his return to Cleveland for the first time since being fired as Indians manager in 2002. "We hit some balls hard, but their outfielders made some good plays. Give them credit."

Lee's wildness had him in momentary trouble in the fifth. The Phillies loaded the bases when Lee hit two batters -- both on 0-2 pitches -- but he got Shane Victorino to line out to first basemen Victor Martinez.

Shoppach's third homer was disputed by Manuel and Rowand, who argued that the ball didn't clear the 19-foot-high wall in center. But TV replays showed Shoppach's shot glance off the metal railing before falling back to the field.

Hamels was annoyed with his choice of pitches to Shoppach, and he was equally disturbed by his overall performance.

"I had thrown him two changeups in a row and then I threw a third one," he said. "That's something I need to learn from. I should have thrown him something else. It ticks me off.

"When you give up five runs in the first two innings, you don't put yourself in a good spot and you don't put your team in a good spot."

Notes

  • Of Howard's last 25 hits, 12 are homers.
  • Indians RHP Jake Westbrook, expected to rejoin the rotation soon, pitched four innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Buffalo. He hasn't pitched in the majors since May 2 because of a strained abdominal muscle.
  • Browns rookie QB Brady Quinn threw out one of the ceremonial first pitches and stepped out of one of his shoes on the mound as he strong-armed a fastball.
  • The Phillies entered the series with a major league-high 25 outfield assists. At the same point last season, they had 14.
  • The Indians are 100-88 in interleague play.
 
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Cliff Lee improves to 10-1 in interleague play by limiting the Phils to one run over seven innings.  (AP)
Cliff Lee improves to 10-1 in interleague play by limiting the Phils to one run over seven innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

C. Lee
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 0
K 5
Cleveland

K. Shoppach
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS2000000 .276
   a- Michael Bourn, PH-LF2010000 .275
Shane Victorino, RF4010006 .277
Chase Utley, 2B3010010 .320
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH-2B1000011 .282
Ryan Howard, DH4121012 .238
Aaron Rowand, CF4000014 .320
Jayson Werth, LF-1B4020010 .253
Wes Helms, 1B-3B3010011 .250
Abraham Nunez, 3B-SS4010002 .270
Carlos Ruiz, C4000014 .265
Totals3519107  
a-flied out for Rollins in the 8th
b-struck out for Utley in the 8th
Batting
HR - Ryan Howard (15, Lee)
RBI - Ryan Howard (44)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Aaron Rowand 1
DP - Rollins-Utley-Helms
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels (L,9-3) 5866041 3.82
Geoff Geary 1233210 5.06
Brian Sanches 2111121 3.00
IBB - Sizemore by Geoff Geary
HBP - Blake (by Cole Hamels), Garko (by Geoff Geary)
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 77-48, Geoff Geary 33-15, Brian Sanches 34-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 4-5, Geoff Geary 2-0, Brian Sanches 2-2
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 22, Geoff Geary 8, Brian Sanches 8
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF3220210 .289
Josh Barfield, 2B4023001 .262
Casey Blake, 3B3101002 .277
Victor Martinez, 1B4010022 .322
Jhonny Peralta, SS4011001 .279
    Mike Rouse, SS0000000 .109
Jason Michaels, LF3321100 .279
Ryan Garko, DH3100021 .286
Franklin Gutierrez, RF4110012 .231
Kelly Shoppach, C4224010 .391
Totals3210111037  
Batting
2B - Grady Sizemore (13, Hamels), Jhonny Peralta (12, Hamels), Kelly Shoppach (8, Geary)
HR - Jason Michaels (5, Sanches), Kelly Shoppach (3, Hamels)
SF - Josh Barfield (2)
RBI - Josh Barfield 3 (34), Casey Blake (36), Jhonny Peralta (38), Jason Michaels (19), Kelly Shoppach 4 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Barfield 2 (12), Jhonny Peralta (13), Jason Michaels (12), Kelly Shoppach (6)
SB - Grady Sizemore 2 (22, 2nd base off Hamels/Ruiz, 3rd base off Hamels/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Lee-Peralta-Martinez
Cleveland Indians
Cliff Lee (W,4-4) 7511051 5.46
Aaron Fultz 1100010 1.93
Fernando Cabrera 1300010 4.61
HBP - Helms (by Cliff Lee), Rollins (by Cliff Lee), Victorino (by Aaron Fultz)
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 94-65, Aaron Fultz 15-10, Fernando Cabrera 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 5-10, Aaron Fultz 1-1, Fernando Cabrera 2-0
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 27, Aaron Fultz 5, Fernando Cabrera 6
Game Information
Attendance - 18710
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Ed Rapuano