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.
Detroit scored in the ninth, its first run in 27 innings, to
avoid its third straight shutout. The Tigers have lost six
"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 straight decision, walking two and
striking out four as he had the Tigers off balance throughout the
"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 got Young to foul out to end the inning.
Lee retired the next three batters after Ordonez's fourth-inning
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
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,
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
Franklin 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
Rodriguez's walk in the first inning was only his seventh
of the season and first since July 26. ... Cleveland 2B Ronnie
Belliard got 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