Lee, who is 5-1 with a 2.91 ERA in eight road outings this year, is coming off one of his best performances of the season. The left-hander scattered five hits over seven innings, striking out a season-high nine and walking two in the Indians’ 2-0, 11-inning victory over San Diego on Tuesday.
“I wish I could go out there and pitch like that every time,” said Lee, who won a career-high 14 games last year.
Though he did not receive a decision, Lee rebounded nicely from his lone road loss of the year, a 6-2 setback at Minnesota on June 1 in which he allowed four runs and nine hits over five innings. Lee has surrendered one earned run or fewer in three of his last four starts, and leads Cleveland in wins (6), ERA (3.27) and strikeouts (54).
The Indians have won five of their last six and are 6-5 on their trip. They can complete a three-game sweep Sunday in their first meeting with the Giants since the 1954 World Series, which the then-New York Giants won in four games.
Ronnie Belliard had three hits, a homer and drove in two runs Saturday as the Indians held off the Giants 7-6. Cleveland closer Bob Wickman came in with two men on and none out in the ninth and allowed both runners to score. He put two more runners on before striking out J.T. Snow to end the game for his 16th save in 19 chances.
The Giants have lost 13 of their last 15 games, and are 10 games below .500 for the first time since finishing 68-94 in 1996.