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American League Roundup: Indians’ Lee logs 17th win

August 16, 2008

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Indians 3, Angels 2

Cleveland - Cliff Lee became the AL's first 17-game winner by pitching his third complete game of the season, leading Cleveland past Los Angeles.

The Angels scored 48 runs in their last six games but could muster just eight hits and two runs against Lee, who moved closer to becoming Cleveland's first 20-game winner since Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry did it in 1974.

The left-hander struck out six, won for the sixth time in seven starts and lowered his earned-run average to 2.43. Lee 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.

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.

Rays 7, Rangers 0

Arlington, Texas - Matt Garza had to settle for his second career shutout after making a bid for the first no-hitter in Tampa Bay history. Garza didn't allow a hit against the slumping Texas Rangers until two outs in the sixth inning, then finished with a two-hitter.

Orioles 11, Tigers 2

Detroit - Melvin Mora finished a double shy of the cycle, driving in four runs to lift Baltimore past Detroit.

Mora finished 3-for-4 and has 15 RBIs in his last seven games, his offensive production corresponding to a sudden charge by the Orioles offense. Baltimore has scored 66 runs in its last eight games.

Reliever Lance Cormier (2-3) picked up the win in relief, allowing only a hit in 22â3 innings against a potent but suddenly scuffling Detroit lineup.

Twins 9, Mariners 3

Minneapolis - Jason Kubel homered and had three RBIs in a seven-run fourth inning, and Minnesota beat up on former teammate Carlos Silva. Francisco Liriano allowed no earned runs in seven innings.

Athletics 6, White Sox 4

Oakland, Calif. - Pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki hit a game-winning two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. It was Suzuki's second career walkoff home run.

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