Kansas City (53-93) at Cleveland (71-76)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Cleveland, OH, US
Temp: 67° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Sep 18, 2004
  • TV: FSOH
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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 looks to build off his first win in nearly two months as the injury-plagued Cleveland Indians continue a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals at Jacobs Field.

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.”

The Royals beat the Indians 6-4 on Friday, winning for the second time in six games. Abraham Nunez hit an inside-the-park homer when Jody Gerut injured his right knee chasing down his line drive.

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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J. Gobble COL vs. C. Lee PHI
9-8 Record 14-8
5.35 ERA 5.43
49 K 161
43 BB 81
1.35 WHIP 1.50