CLEVELAND (AP) -
has a proven formula for success: get two outs with one pitch.
Lee became the AL's first 17-game winner by pitching his third complete game, and the
turned four double plays in a 3-2 victory over the
Los Angeles Angels
on Friday night.
''The guys made a lot of big plays behind me, Asdrubal (Cabrera) especially. I've told him about it four times since the game
ended,'' said Lee, who won for the sixth time in seven starts and lowered his ERA to 2.43.
The Angels have baseball's best record (75-45) and had scored 48 runs in their last six games but could muster just eight
hits and two runs against the left-hander.
''That might be the best lineup I've ever faced,'' Lee said. ''They are in first place for a reason.''
Lee (17-2) struck out six and moved closer to becoming Cleveland's first 20-game winner since Hall of Famer
did it in 1974. He also has a shot at giving Cleveland its second straight Cy Young Award winner. CC Sabathia, traded to Milwaukee
on July 7, won the award a year ago.
''It's too early to think of those things, but Cliff has had as good a year as anybody,'' Indians manager
. ''He's never wavered.''
The Angels had not played at Progressive Field since Aug. 10, 2006. Their only scheduled series in Cleveland last season was
played at Milwaukee's Miller Park because of an April snowstorm in Ohio.
Cleveland scored twice in the sixth to take a 3-2 lead. Shin-Soo Choo's one-out double off
got it started.
(4-1), who had combined with Weaver to allow no hits in an eight-inning loss June 28, but the right-hander struggled.
and yielded a tying RBI single to
. Walks to pinch-hitter
and Cabrera forced in Shoppach.
Arredondo took his first career loss. He came in with an 0.92 ERA in 34 outings since being called up in May.
''He was missing by quite a bit,'' Scioscia said. ''It looked like he lost his feel. You turn the page on this. He'll bounce
singled off Lee to start the game, moved up on a bunt by
and scored on a single to right by
Cleveland tied it at 1 in the fourth on consecutive doubles by
, who rounded too far around second and was thrown out by
after the Angels right fielder tracked down his drive off the wall.
hit Lee's first pitch of the fifth for his eighth homer and 2-1 lead. Rivera is 5-for-12 with three homers in his career against
The Indians turned double plays in four straight innings, including one started by Lee. After walking
in the fifth, Lee lunged off the mound to backhand a bunt by Figgins and throw to first to easily double off Mathis.
''With the ball in the air, I don't know why the guy was running but I thank him for that,'' Lee said. ''Maybe he thought
it would drop. All I know is that Figgins is so fast, I had to get off the mound and try to make a play.''
In the sixth, Lee got Guerrero to hit into a double play. Then second baseman Cabrera barehanded a ball on the shortstop side
of the bag and threw to first to retire
for the final out.
''I always play hard, but with Cliff I bear down more because I know he gets groundballs,'' Cabrera said through first-base
serving as interpreter. ''The barehand play, I practice that I lot.''
With runners on first and third in the seventh, Lee got Mathis to bounce into an inning-ending double play. Teixeira grounded
into another double play to end the eighth.
''Any time you have runners in scoring position against him, you have to make it count,'' Mathis said. ''He made some big
Weaver allowed two runs and five hits over 5 1-3 innings. The right-hander walked two and struck out six.
Notes: The Angels are 16-0-4 in their previous 20 series against AL opponents since being swept by Tampa Bay from May 9-11.
... The Angels fell to 23-9 against lefty starters. ... Angels DH
went 1-for-4 and is batting .380 (30-for-79) during a 19-game hitting streak. ... Angels SS
will have season-ending surgery on his left thumb Thursday. ... Cleveland signed three of its June draft picks, including
No. 2 selection Trey Haley, an 18-year-old right-hander from Texas. ... Teixeira is hitting .387 (36-for-93) with seven homers
and 24 RBIs in his last 25 games. ... Peralta has hit safely in 16 of 17 games, going 24-for-74 (.324) with 13 RBIs.