Cliff Lee was one of the biggest surprises in baseball during the first half of the season. He’s been a major disappointment in the second half.
Lee snapped a six-decision losing streak on Sept. 8, allowing four runs and five hits, including three homers, in five innings of a 9-5 win over the Seattle Mariners
“It wasn’t a great outing,” said Lee, who is in his first full season in the majors. “But, I mean, I’ll take it. We got the win, and I got a win for the first time in a while.”
The victory was Lee’s first since July 16, when an 18-6 win over the Mariners left him with a 10-1 record. He went winless in his next nine starts, going 0-6 with a 10.51 ERA.
“I felt like he threw the ball better today,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. “He had a lot of life in his fastball and a real good breaking ball. He threw some decent changeups. He just had to work hard through a couple of those innings.”
Gerut, who missed the entire 2001 season after twice having surgery on his left knee to repair a damaged patella tendon, was carted off the field and will have an MRI on Saturday.
The Indians, who have lost 10 of 14, also announced before the game that All-Star pitcher C.C. Sabathia was likely done for the season with a strained left hamstring.
The Royals, who were coming off consecutive shutout losses to the New York Yankees, snapped a 20-inning scoreless streak with three runs in the second inning.
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