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Lee goes distance for M's, continues to thrive in Bronx

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- In the Bronx, almost nothing seems to faze Cliff Lee.

The Mariners ace beat the New York Yankees in their ballpark yet again, pitching his third straight complete game to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 7-4 victory Tuesday night.

Lee (7-3) beat New York twice in last year's World Series for the Philadelphia Phillies, including Game 1 at Yankee Stadium. He also won the ballpark opener for Cleveland in April 2009.

"Yeah, I like pitching here," Lee said. "I've always enjoyed pitching here."

This time, the left-hander gave up his first walk in almost a month, and a pair of solo home runs to Nick Swisher.

"The sun shines on a dog some days," Swisher said. "Any time you go up against a tough guy like that, all you're trying to do is get the barrel on it."

Lee also allowed two runs in the ninth, but calmly worked out of trouble.

He kept his cool earlier in the day, too, when his subway sped through the stop for Yankee Stadium. Lee handled it like a local. He got off and switched to a downtown D train going the other way. No big deal.

"I'm not afraid to take the subway," Lee said.

The only thing that appeared to bother him Tuesday was the walk he gave up to Jorge Posada in the second -- Lee's first since walking Nick Punto on June 2 -- five starts ago.

"He's pretty much the same every time you see him," Derek Jeter said. "He's a perfect example of a guy who's going to come after you. He throws strikes, not going to hurt himself, doesn't walk anybody."

It was Lee's fifth walk -- in more than 95 innings -- this season.

He threw 115 pitches and became the first Mariners pitcher with three complete games in a row since Randy Johnson in 1998.

Lee's time in Seattle could be much shorter than the Big Unit's. The Mariners, last in the AL West, may try to deal Lee because he can become a free agent after the season. General manager Jack Zduriencik said before the game that he would wait to see how the Mariners responded over the next month or so before making a decision on Lee.

"I'm a Mariner until they tell me otherwise," the left-hander said. "I'm going to continue to help the Mariners win every time I take the mound."

Rob Johnson hit a two-run double in the sixth and Ichiro Suzuki drove in a pair of runs with an RBI single in the third and a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Franklin Gutierrez homered for Seattle.

"Offensively, I thought that it was one of the more efficient games that we have played this year," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said.

Yankees starter Phil Hughes (10-2) allowed seven runs -- six earned -- and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings. His previous turn in the rotation was skipped to give him extra rest.

"He's on turn, He's going to start Sunday and Friday," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

The patient Yankees, who had won six of eight, entered with the highest on-base percentage in the major leagues at .359. But they produced little resistance against Lee, who yielded three earned runs in his 18th career complete game and fifth this season. He allowed eight hits and struck out two.

"I thought they had a real patient approach early, then came out swinging late," Wakamatsu said.

Before the ninth, Lee appeared to be getting stronger as he went along. He needed just eight pitches to retire the side in the seventh and nine in the next inning.

"We swung the bats against him tonight as good as we have the last three or four times we've seen him," Girardi said. "He just knows how to pitch and his command is very, very good."

Lee was traded to the Phillies during last season by Cleveland, which fell out of contention early. He got the only two wins for Philadelphia in the World Series, then was dealt in the offseason to Seattle.

Seattle also just reacquired Russell Branyan in a trade with Cleveland last weekend, and the slugger singled in his first at-bat for the Mariners this year.

Notes

  • John Isner, who played a marathon match at Wimbledon that lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes over three days before he finally beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set last week, threw out the first pitch.
  • The Mariners activated C Josh Bard from the disabled list.
  • Umpire Joe West, who criticized the Yankees and Red Sox for making games take too long earlier this season, worked the plate in a game that took 2 hours, 30 minutes.
  • It was Swisher's first multihomer game since Sept. 8.
  • Yankees OF Brett Gardner was out with a bruised wrist, though available to run or play defense. He expects to try swinging a bat Wednesday.
  • Lee went the distance against the Cubs and Reds in his previous two starts.
 
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Cliff Lee, who beat N.Y. twice in last year's World Series for Philly, celebrates his third CG victory. (AP)
Cliff Lee, who beat N.Y. twice in last year's World Series for Philly, celebrates his third CG victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

F. Gutierrez
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

N. Swisher
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4022010 .335
Chone Figgins, 2B5010011 .232
Russell Branyan, 1B4010012 .263
Milton Bradley, DH3110103 .207
Jose Lopez, 3B4110002 .244
Franklin Gutierrez, CF3221110 .278
Jack Wilson, SS4111000 .273
Rob Johnson, C4122000 .208
Michael Saunders, LF3110011 .206
Totals34712625  
Batting
2B - Jose Lopez (13, Hughes), Rob Johnson 2 (9, Hughes, Hughes), Michael Saunders (5, Hughes)
HR - Franklin Gutierrez (7, Hughes)
SF - Ichiro Suzuki (1)
SH - Michael Saunders (1)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (24), Franklin Gutierrez (34), Jack Wilson (9), Rob Johnson 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Franklin Gutierrez (9), Jack Wilson (4), Rob Johnson 2 (7)
SB - Chone Figgins (22, 2nd base off Logan/Cervelli)
CS - Franklin Gutierrez (1, 2nd base by Hughes/Cervelli)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - J. Lopez-Figgins-Branyan
E - Michael Saunders (2, Throwing(Ground rule))
Seattle Mariners
Cliff Lee (W,7-3) 9843122 2.45
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 115-79
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 7-17
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 35
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4010001 .286
Nick Swisher, RF4222001 .292
Mark Teixeira, 1B4110001 .230
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4000001 .281
Robinson Cano, 2B4110000 .358
Jorge Posada, DH3011110 .275
Curtis Granderson, CF4020001 .243
Chad Huffman, LF4000003 .200
Francisco Cervelli, C3000011 .272
Totals3448312  
Batting
2B - Mark Teixeira (14, Lee), Jorge Posada (10, Lee)
HR - Nick Swisher 2 (13, Lee, Lee)
RBI - Nick Swisher 2 (47), Jorge Posada (28)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Cano-Jeter-Teixeira, Teixeira
E - Francisco Cervelli (3, Missed catch of throw), Curtis Granderson (1, Misplayed grounder)
New York Yankees
Phil Hughes (L,10-2) 5.21076231 3.58
Boone Logan 1.1200010 3.93
Chan Ho Park 2000010 6.48
IBB - Gutierrez by Phil Hughes
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 94-63, Boone Logan 19-12, Chan Ho Park 24-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 7-4, Boone Logan 2-1, Chan Ho Park 3-2
Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 26, Boone Logan 6, Chan Ho Park 6
Game Information
Attendance - 45780
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Rob Drake