Lee rebounded from his first loss of the year by posting an 8-6 win at Texas on Friday. The left-hander had a seven-run lead before he even took the mound. He went 5 1-3 innings, allowing three runs and eight hits, striking out two without a walk.
“Our hitters definitely won this game, and they played pretty good defense,” Lee said. “If our hitters keep hitting like they did tonight, we’re going to be tough to beat.”
Lee, who opened last year 10-1 before finishing 14-8 after a second-half slump, had pitched 14 consecutive scoreless innings in back-to-back victories before a 9-1 loss to Kansas City on April 30. He has allowed four homers over his last two outings after yielding just one in his first four starts.
The Indians have averaged 5.8 runs per game in Lee’s six starts.
“I feel kinda guilty for it,” Lee said.
Josh Paul and Garret Anderson each hit two-run homers Tuesday night as the Angels ended their three-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the Indians. Los Angeles closer Francisco Rodriguez gave up a leadoff homer to Coco Crisp in the ninth, but got the final three outs for his ninth save in 10 chances.
Crisp went 3-for-4 with two runs and Jhonny Peralta also homered for Cleveland, which has lost three of its last four games.