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American League Roundup: Cleveland ace wins No. 16

August 11, 2008

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Cleveland's Cliff Lee follows through during the Tribe's 4-0 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday in Toronto.

Cleveland's Cliff Lee follows through during the Tribe's 4-0 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday in Toronto.

Indians 4, Blue Jays 0

Toronto - Cliff Lee worked eight shutout innings for his American League-leading 16th win, and Cleveland completed a three-game sweep of Toronto.

Lee (16-2) lowered his ERA to 2.45, moving him ahead of Oakland's Justin Duchscherer (2.51) for the major-league lead. He won his fifth straight decision and has not lost since a 4-3 defeat at Minnesota on July 6.

The left-hander is responsible for 16 of his teams 52 wins.

Rays 11, Mariners 3

Seattle - Willy Aybar and Shawn Riggans, the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters in Tampa Bay's lineup, both hit three-run homers, and the Rays set a franchise record with their 71st victory in a rout of Seattle.

Tampa's previous best record came in 2004 when the Rays finished the season 70-92. After taking three of four in Seattle, the Rays are 71-46 and own a 41â2-game lead over Boston in the AL East.

Angels 4, Yankees 3

Anaheim, Calif. - Chone Figgins hit an RBI single with one out in the ninth inning against Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, and Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep of New York.

The Yankees fell 81â2 games behind Tampa Bay in the AL East and are four games behind Boston in the wild-card race.

White Sox 6, Red Sox 5

Chicago - Carlos Quentin hit his American League-leading 32nd homer, Jim Thome and Jermaine Dye connected, and Chicago beat Boston.

Gavin Floyd (12-6) got the win, allowing five runs and seven hits while striking out six and walking one.

Tigers 6, Athletics 1

Detroit - Nate Robertson won for the first time in more than six weeks.

Rangers 15, Orioles 7

Baltimore - Ian Kinsler broke out of an extended slump with a career-high five hits, including a homer, and Texas emphatically ended its own offensive drought.

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