ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -
overcame early struggles and less-than-stellar stuff en route to another victory.
Lee tied the major league lead with his 15th win and the
stayed unbeaten against the AL East-leading
Tampa Bay Rays
this season with a 5-2 victory on Monday night.
''Honestly, I didn't have my best stuff,'' Lee said. ''Most of the innings I felt I had to battle quite a bit. They put me
to the test petty good.''
Lee (15-2) went seven innings, giving up two runs and eight hits. The left-hander is 9-2 in 13 road starts.
Tampa Bay's five-game winning streak ended. The Rays, who went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position against Lee, are
three games ahead of Boston in the AL East. The
lost 4-3 to Kansas City.
hit his 100th career homer for the Indians, who improved to 20-36 on the road. Cleveland is 5-0 against the Rays this season,
including a four-game sweep at home July 10-13.
pitched the final two innings to record his second save.
drove in both runs for Tampa Bay, which fell to 43-17 at home. Tampa Bay is 26-60 all-time in games with Cleveland.
''For some reason we play really well against these guys,'' Dellucci said. ''And when
is on the mound, you just follow his lead.''
Rays left fielder
(sore left hamstring) and shortstop
(right index finger) were out of the starting lineup. It's possible both might not start again Tuesday.
put the Indians ahead 1-0 with an RBI double in the second. He made it 5-2 on a run-scoring in the eighth, and has eight RBIs
over his last seven games.
Cleveland took a 2-0 lead on
's third-inning solo homer.
Lee worked out of jams in the first and second innings, leaving five runners on base and holding Tampa Bay to 1-for-7 with
runners in scoring position over the stretch.
''Fastball command. He throws the fastball where he wants to,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ''I see a guy pitching with
a lot of confidence.''
After needing just seven pitches to work a perfect third, Lee allowed a two-run, two-out single to Iwamura in the fourth that
tied it at 2.
''He did a good job when he had to,'' Rays first baseman
said. ''He's done an incredible job this year.''
Dellucci hit a two-run shot to put Cleveland back up 4-2 in the fifth.
''Growing up, I never thought I'd hit one homer, let alone 100,'' Dellucci said. ''It's just a sign that you played in the
'bigs' for a long time.''
Tampa Bay starter
(9-7) allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings. He is 0-3 with a 4.68 ERA in five games against Cleveland.
''I was off tonight,'' he said.
The announced crowd at Tropicana Field was 17,049.
Notes: Indians C
(strained left hamstring-right elbow) ran the bases for the first time. Martinez and INF
(finger) could start minor league rehab assignment later this week. ... The Rays will review the status of OF
(chronic muscle fatigue) Tuesday. ''I don't think he's far off,'' Maddon said. Baldelli worked out with the team before the
game. ... Maddon also said that LHP
, the first overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft and currently with Double-A Montgomery, could join the team later this
season. ''He's on task to get here,'' Maddon said. ... Indians manager
said there is a chance RHP
will be called from Triple-A Buffalo this month. ... Cleveland could also bring up veteran right-handed reliever
from Buffalo before the season ends.