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Cruz's two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th lifted Texas to a 3-1 victory against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night after Lee struck out a career-high 13 and scattered five hits in a nine-inning effort that failed to produce his 100th career win.
"It's too bad we couldn't get [Lee] the win, but the team got the win and that's all that matters," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
The AL West-leading Rangers improved to 9-3 since the All-Star break.
Lee is 1-1 with two no-decisions in his four starts since he was acquired by Texas in a trade with Seattle on July 9.
The Rangers have scored only nine runs in Lee's four starts.
"It felt good, especially the way we've been playing lately and the way Cliff Lee threw the ball," Cruz said after his second career game-ending home run. "It's crazy we haven't scored more runs for him. Hopefully we'll turn it around for his next start."
Lee had the most strikeouts for the Rangers since Aaron Sele's 13 on Aug. 12, 1999, against Detroit. Lee didn't walk a batter and has issued only seven walks in 17 starts this season.
The A's only run against Lee was unearned in the sixth with the help of a two-base error on second baseman Ian Kinsler.
Lee has lasted at least eight innings in eight consecutive starts, the longest streak in the majors since Toronto's Pat Hentgen had 12 in a row in 1996.
A's starter Gio Gonzalez allowed eight baserunners in the first four innings, then retired the final six he faced before leaving after six innings and 111 pitches. Gonzalez gave up one run and five hits, struck out six and walked three.
"It was definitely a pitcher's duel from the start to the finish," Lee said. "Fortunately, Nelson put a good swing on one there at the end and it went out of the park, so it was good to see."
Wuertz said the home-run pitch was "a slider that didn't slide so much. He did what good hitters do. It came at the wrong time but it's part of the game. I thought when he first hit it, it was way out, then it caught up in the wind and died a little bit, and just got out."
Guerrero had been in a 4-for-31 slump over his previous eight games and had gone without an RBI for a season-long nine consecutive games.
The A's tied it at 1 in the sixth with the help of Kinsler's error. Coco Crisp singled, and took off for second on a steal attempt. Kinsler failed to cover catcher Bengie Molina's throw, and Crisp moved to third when the ball skipped into center field.
Suzuki's single drove in Crisp.
The official scorer consulted with Rangers coaches after the game, and it was determined that Kinsler was supposed to cover the base, removing an error that had been charged to Molina.
|Despite striking out a career-high 13, Cliff Lee remains stuck at 99 career wins. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Coco Crisp, CF||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.248|
|Daric Barton, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.276|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.263|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.272|
|Jack Cust, DH||3||0||0||0||0||3||0||.294|
|a- Landon Powell, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Adam Rosales, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Gabe Gross, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.243|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.269|
|Rajai Davis, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.266|
|Matt Carson, RF||3||0||0||0||0||3||1||.160|
|b- Cliff Pennington, PH-SS||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.259|
|a-grounded out for Cust in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Carson in the 10th|
|SH - Mark Ellis (2)|
|RBI - Kurt Suzuki (43)|
|2-OUT RBI - Kurt Suzuki (13)|
|SB - Coco Crisp (12, 3rd base off Lee/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Michael Wuertz (L,2-2)||1||1||2||2||2||1||1||5.09|
|IBB - Young by Michael Wuertz|
|Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 111-68, Jerry Blevins 16-14, Craig Breslow 19-11, Michael Wuertz 23-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 8-4, Craig Breslow 2-2, Michael Wuertz 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 26, Jerry Blevins 4, Craig Breslow 6, Michael Wuertz 6|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||4||0||1||0||1||1||1||.273|
|Michael Young, 3B||2||1||1||0||3||0||1||.303|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||1||7||.298|
|Vladimir Guerrero, DH||5||0||1||1||0||2||0||.307|
|Josh Hamilton, LF||4||1||2||0||1||0||0||.358|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||5||1||2||2||0||1||3||.332|
|Bengie Molina, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.247|
|Chris Davis, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||2||0||.194|
|Julio Borbon, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.273|
|2B - Michael Young (27, Blevins), Vladimir Guerrero (16, G. Gonzalez)|
|HR - Nelson Cruz (14, Wuertz)|
|SH - Julio Borbon (7)|
|RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (77), Nelson Cruz 2 (56)|
|2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (35)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|E - Ian Kinsler (6, Missed catch of throw)|
|Neftali Feliz (W,2-2)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.65|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 118-88, Neftali Feliz 14-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 6-8, Neftali Feliz 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 32, Neftali Feliz 4|
|Attendance - 28124|
|Game Time - 3:02|
|Temperature - 91|
|Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth|