CLEVELAND (AP) -
is going to the All-Star game on another shutout streak.
Cleveland's left-hander pitched six stellar innings in a warmup for a possible All-Star start at Yankee Stadium as the Indians
defeated Tampa Bay 5-0 on Friday night to extend the Rays' season-high losing streak to five games.
''I'm just happy to be going,'' Lee (12-2) said of being selected to the AL squad for the first time. ''If they choose me
to start, I'd be ecstatic and honored. I'm just planning to show up and try to do all I can to help my team win.''
That's exactly what Lee did against Tampa Bay, joining
Los Angeles Angels
for the AL lead in wins while lowering his ERA to 2.31.
''He's deserving of (an All-Star) start,'' Indians manager
hit a two-run homer and RBI double off
(7-6) as the Indians beat the Rays in Cleveland for the 11th consecutive time since Sept. 29, 2005.
The Indians entered the four-game series on a 10-game losing streak - their longest in 29 years - but have claimed consecutive
wins for the first time since June 26-27.
''It's surely messing up our seven-game winning streak,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Tampa Bay had won seven a row to open a five-game lead in the AL East on July 6. A 10-inning loss Monday to Kansas City started
the Rays on their current slide, in which they've been outscored 32-7 and had their lead trimmed to 1 1/2 games over the
Boston Red Sox
''I'm not concerned,'' Maddon said. ''We'll get through this. You're not going to be void of these moments in a season. They're
going to happen.''
Lee allowed five hits and struck out seven, improving to 5-0 with a 1.62 ERA in seven home starts. It was the sixth time in
18 starts he didn't allow an earned run.
His only walk was to
to start the game - his second to a left-handed batter in 124 2-3 innings this season. Lee then struck out the next three
Tampa Bay put its leadoff hitter on base each time through four innings.
''I seemed to pitch better out of the stretch all night,'' Lee said. ''I've had a good first half, but I also got some breaks
and there's a lot of things I could do better. Not allowing the first guy in an inning to reach all the time would be good.''
Shields, seeking to win his fourth straight start, instead gave up five runs and 10 hits over six innings.
''I felt I pitched well,'' Shields said. ''I can count four hits that easily could be outs. That's going to happen. It's part
of the game. I probably made about four bad pitches.''
singled with two outs in the first and was running on a 3-2 pitch to Peralta, who lined it over the head of right fielder
for an RBI double.
In the third, Francisco, who had a career-high four RBIs in Cleveland's 13-2 win Thursday, hit a two-out double. Peralta then
drove a 2-0 pitch the opposite way into the Rays' bullpen in right for his 15th homer and 3-0 lead.
Peralta is 5-for-11 with three homers and seven RBIs in his career against Shields.
''I don't think he likes me too much,'' Peralta said. ''I don't know why, but I can see the ball good against him.''
Francisco made it 4-0 in the fifth with a double high off the wall in center, scoring
, who had singled.
, who will join Lee in the All-Star game on Tuesday night, doubled to lead off the seventh for his first hit in 12 career
at-bats against Shields. Sizemore scored on Carroll's single up the middle.
Tampa Bay has hit .192 (33-for-172) with 48 strikeouts during its losing streak. Iwamura and
, the top two hitters in the order, are a combined 5-for-50 (.100).
''When you don't hit, the whole team looks bad,'' Maddon said. ''When you don't score runs, you put a lot of pressure on your
Notes: After the game, Cleveland optioned RHP
to Triple-A Buffalo and called up RHP
to start Saturday night. ... Rays rookie 3B
, who has 16 homers, will participate in the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium on Monday night. ... Indians RHP
, out since May 24 with a strained left hip, is scheduled to start a rehab assignment Monday at Class A Lake County. ... Rays
manager Joe Maddon said RHP
will test his strained left hamstring by throwing off the mound Saturday. ... Rays RHP
(shoulder tendinitis) pitched one scoreless rehab inning for Class A Vero Beach on Thursday. ... Rays SS
(sprained right knee) swung a bat and fielded grounders Friday, but his lateral movement still isn't 100 percent, Maddon said.