DETROIT (AP) -
has been pitching well all season. Now the rest of the
are performing as well as their ace.
Lee earned his American League-leading 19th win and
hit two home runs in the
' ninth straight victory, 10-4 over the
on Tuesday night.
hit back-to-back homers for Cleveland, which overtook Detroit for third place in the AL Central. The Indians are three games
under .500 for the first time since May 24.
''I just feel like we're finding different ways to win ballgames,'' Cleveland manager
hit a home run for the Tigers, who have dropped three straight.
Lee (19-2) allowed two runs and six hits in 7 2-3 innings to tie
of Arizona for the major league lead in wins. It's also a career-high; Lee won 18 games in 2005. Lee has won five straight
starts, and eight of nine. The
contender is 5-0 with a 1.86 ERA in August.
''We're kind of spoiled by now. It's been like that since April,'' Francisco said.
Lee became the eighth pitcher since 1920 to win 19 of his first 21 decisions in a season, according to Stats LLC. The last
to do it was
, who was 20-1 after beating the
on Sept. 19, 2001, while with the Yankees.
Lee said he doesn't think about the looming 20-win plateau or winning the Cy Young Award.
''I just want to get as deep in the game as I can,'' he said. ''Give the team a chance to win and put up as many zeros as
Carroll said it's fun playing behind Lee.
''The way he takes the mound sets the tone for the game,'' he said. ''Playing defense behind him when he's pounding the strike
zone like that, it keeps you on your toes.''
(0-1) gave up six runs - two earned - and five hits in 2 2-3 innings in his major league debut for the Tigers. Lambert's contract
was purchased from Triple-A Toledo earlier on Tuesday.
''I felt good for the first two innings and then I just got away from my game plan,'' he said. ''I tried to battle through
it, but it just didn't work out. A bounce here and a bounce there and that was it.''
The Indians used the longball and two Tigers errors to score six in the third. Carroll and Shoppach led off with back-to-back
home runs. Carroll's was his first since last Aug. 11.
Lambert then hit
with a pitch. Cabrera stole second and came home on third baseman
's error on a groundball by
. One out later,
singled and Gutierez scored when the ball skipped past left fielder
for an error and rolled to the fence.
Peralta later scored on
's double, and Carroll chased Lambert with an RBI single.
''It shouldn't have been as bad as it looked,'' said Detroit manager Jim Leyland. ''We just didn't make plays that we should
have. We just couldn't stop the bleeding.''
Francisco's first two-run homer, in the fourth, made it 8-0. He added a second in the seventh inning and has 14 on the season.
The Tigers got on the board in the fifth on Raburn's run-scoring double and
's RBI single, and scored two more on Renteria's ninth-inning home run.
, a night after becoming the 14th American League player to join the 30-30 club, went 0-for-4.
''Just hopefully, we'll continue to win the way we are as a team and finish strong,'' Lee said.
Note: Detroit veteran left-hander
isn't a fan of the limited replay for home runs, which was announced on Tuesday. ''I don't like it. I think that it overshot
the mark by far just because, what, in a Yankee game someone didn't get a homer? Please,'' said Rogers before Tuesday night's
game. ''Its happened thousands of times. That's part of the game.'' ... Cleveland 1B
was 0-for-4 to snap his 11-game hitting streak.