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Lee first in AL to 17 wins after complete game decision over Angels

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CLEVELAND -- Cliff Lee has a proven formula for success: get two outs with one pitch.

Lee became the AL's first 17-game winner by pitching his third complete game, and the Cleveland Indians turned four double plays in a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.

"The guys made a lot of big plays behind me, Asdrubal (Cabrera) especially. I've told him about it four times since the game ended," said Lee, who won for the sixth time in seven starts and lowered his ERA to 2.43.

The Angels have baseball's best record (75-45) and had scored 48 runs in their last six games but could muster just eight hits and two runs against the left-hander.

"That might be the best lineup I've ever faced," Lee said. "They are in first place for a reason."

Lee (17-2) struck out six and moved closer to becoming Cleveland's first 20-game winner since Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry did it in 1974. He also has a shot at giving Cleveland its second straight Cy Young Award winner. CC Sabathia, traded to Milwaukee on July 7, won the award a year ago.

"It's too early to think of those things, but Cliff has had as good a year as anybody," Indians manager Eric Wedge. "He's never wavered."

The Angels had not played at Progressive Field since Aug. 10, 2006. Their only scheduled series in Cleveland last season was played at Milwaukee's Miller Park because of an April snowstorm in Ohio.

Cleveland scored twice in the sixth to take a 3-2 lead. Shin-Soo Choo's one-out double off Jered Weaver got it started.

Manager Mike Scioscia called upon Jose Arredondo (4-1), who had combined with Weaver to allow no hits in an eight-inning loss June 28, but the right-hander struggled.

Arredondo walked Kelly Shoppach and yielded a tying RBI single to Ryan Garko. Walks to pinch-hitter David Dellucci and Cabrera forced in Shoppach.

Arredondo took his first career loss. He came in with an 0.92 ERA in 34 outings since being called up in May.

"He was missing by quite a bit," Scioscia said. "It looked like he lost his feel. You turn the page on this. He'll bounce back."

Chone Figgins singled off Lee to start the game, moved up on a bunt by Erick Aybar and scored on a single to right by Mark Teixeira.

Cleveland tied it at 1 in the fourth on consecutive doubles by Ben Francisco and Jhonny Peralta, who rounded too far around second and was thrown out by Vladimir Guerrero after the Angels right fielder tracked down his drive off the wall.

Juan Rivera hit Lee's first pitch of the fifth for his eighth homer and 2-1 lead. Rivera is 5-for-12 with three homers in his career against Lee.

The Indians turned double plays in four straight innings, including one started by Lee. After walking Jeff Mathis in the fifth, Lee lunged off the mound to backhand a bunt by Figgins and throw to first to easily double off Mathis.

"With the ball in the air, I don't know why the guy was running but I thank him for that," Lee said. "Maybe he thought it would drop. All I know is that Figgins is so fast, I had to get off the mound and try to make a play."

In the sixth, Lee got Guerrero to hit into a double play. Then second baseman Cabrera barehanded a ball on the shortstop side of the bag and threw to first to retire Torii Hunter for the final out.

"I always play hard, but with Cliff I bear down more because I know he gets groundballs," Cabrera said through first-base coach Luis Rivera serving as interpreter. "The barehand play, I practice that I lot."

With runners on first and third in the seventh, Lee got Mathis to bounce into an inning-ending double play. Teixeira grounded into another double play to end the eighth.

"Any time you have runners in scoring position against him, you have to make it count," Mathis said. "He made some big pitches."

Weaver allowed two runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander walked two and struck out six.

Notes

  • The Angels are 16-0-4 in their previous 20 series against AL opponents since being swept by Tampa Bay from May 9-11.
  • The Angels fell to 23-9 against lefty starters.
  • Angels DH Garret Anderson went 1-for-4 and is batting .380 (30-for-79) during a 19-game hitting streak.
  • Angels SS Maicer Izturis will have season-ending surgery on his left thumb Thursday.
  • Cleveland signed three of its June draft picks, including No. 2 selection Trey Haley, an 18-year-old right-hander from Texas.
  • Teixeira is hitting .387 (36-for-93) with seven homers and 24 RBI in his last 25 games.
  • Peralta has hit safely in 16 of 17 games, going 24-for-74 (.324) with 13 RBI.
 
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With 17 wins, Cliff Lee is closer to becoming the first 20-game winner for Cleveland since 1974. (AP)
With 17 wins, Cliff Lee is closer to becoming the first 20-game winner for Cleveland since 1974. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

C. Lee
IP 9.0
H 8
ER 2
BB 2
K 6
Anaheim

J. Rivera
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B4120000 .280
Erick Aybar, SS3000011 .283
Mark Teixeira, 1B4031001 .294
Vladimir Guerrero, RF3000102 .291
Torii Hunter, CF4000012 .279
Garret Anderson, DH4010012 .288
Howie Kendrick, 2B3000021 .320
Juan Rivera, LF3121000 .241
Jeff Mathis, C2000111 .208
Totals3028226  
Batting
HR - Juan Rivera (8, Lee)
SH - Erick Aybar (7)
RBI - Mark Teixeira (92), Juan Rivera (25)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Vladimir Guerrero 1
Los Angeles Angels
Jered Weaver 5.1522260 4.47
Jose Arredondo (L,4-1)0111300 1.14
Justin Speier 1.2100020 5.15
Shane Loux 1100010 0.00
HBP - Choo (by Jered Weaver)
WP - Jose Arredondo (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 105-65, Jose Arredondo 12-6, Justin Speier 16-12, Shane Loux 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 3-6, Justin Speier 2-1, Shane Loux 2-0
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 23, Jose Arredondo 4, Justin Speier 6, Shane Loux 4
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4000114 .266
Franklin Gutierrez, RF3000123 .223
Ben Francisco, DH4120012 .283
Jhonny Peralta, SS4021001 .278
Shin-Soo Choo, LF3120001 .269
Kelly Shoppach, C3100114 .262
Ryan Garko, 1B4011033 .248
Andy Marte, 3B2000012 .185
   a- David Dellucci, PH0000100 .250
    Jamey Carroll, 3B1000000 .263
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B3011100 .223
Totals3138359  
a-walked for Marte in the 6th
Batting
2B - Ben Francisco (25, Jer. Weaver), Jhonny Peralta 2 (36, Jer. Weaver, Jer. Weaver), Shin-Soo Choo (21, Jer. Weaver)
RBI - Jhonny Peralta (67), Ryan Garko (58), Asdrubal Cabrera (23)
SB - Grady Sizemore (28, 2nd base off Jer. Weaver/Mathis)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Lee-Garko, Peralta-A. Cabrera-Garko, A. Cabrera-Peralta-Garko, Peralta-A. Cabrera-Garko
Cleveland Indians
Cliff Lee (W,17-2) 9822261 2.43
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 117-80
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 9-8
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 33
Game Information
Attendance - 30962
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Andy Fletcher