CLEVELAND(AP) With the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth inning,
threw a called third strike past
, who then flipped his bat and slammed his helmet to the ground.
It was the hardest contact the
made all day.
Lee extended his mastery over Chicago with seven strong innings, outpitching
' 4-0 victory Wednesday.
The Indians took two of three from Chicago, their second series win this season. They also won two of three against Kansas
City at home April 21-23.
Lee (2-5) hadn't won since the Yankee Stadium opener April 16 and he began the day tied for the AL lead in losses despite
a 1.70 ERA in his last five starts. The four runs Cleveland scored Wednesday doubled its output in Lee's previous four starts
''He's been about as good as we've seen him. He's been very consistent,'' Indians manager
said. ''He's gone through a stretch here where we haven't scored any runs for him, but he hasn't given in to that.''
Lee struck out a season-high nine while working out of two bases-loaded jams and has pitched 20 consecutive scoreless innings
dating to July 1. It was the first shutout by Indians pitching this season and already the sixth time Chicago has been blanked.
''They have a good lineup. There's plenty of power there,'' Lee said. ''With a team like that, if you can keep the ball in
the ballpark, you're doing a pretty good job.''
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, Lee allowed six hits - all bloops, bunts and squibs. Since allowing 11 runs in his
first two outings, he has a 1.43 ERA.
''My past few outings have been really good,'' Lee said. ''I feel like I've given the team a chance to win basically every
time I've pitched. We haven't gotten those wins, but I feel like I'm doing my job and doing what I can to help the team win.
Obviously it's nice to get wins, but I can only control what I can control. That's really all I focus on and everything else
I don't worry about too much.''
homered on Buehrle's seventh pitch and
added a two-run shot in the fourth. Garko is 11 for 23 against Buehrle (5-1), who had won five straight starts. He is 9-13
against the Indians.
''He's a strike thrower, and we're a pretty aggressive team,'' Garko said. ''We can run a lot of righties out there against
him and a guy in your division you see all the time. He's gotten us plenty of times, but I think seeing him so much, we're
more familiar with him.''
Three Chicago singles loaded the bases in the sixth, but Lee's strikeout of Dye ended the inning. Dye was ejected after flipping
his bat in disgust and slamming his helmet down while arguing with plate umpire Mike DiMuro. The helmet bounced off the ground
and hit DiMuro.
Before play resumed,
was also ejected by DiMuro for shouting from the dugout. It was the 17th ejection of Guillen's career, the first this season.
''I just told the guy the pitch was low at the knees,'' Guillen said. ''I didn't like the way he was calling strikes and balls.
It was kind of weird. I wasn't even adamant about my players. I was adamant about both sides. I think he was a little inconsistent
behind the plate.''
Chicago again loaded the bases in the seventh, but pinch-hitter
's soft fly to center ended the threat.
Buehrle lost for the first time since Sept. 24. The four runs were the most he has allowed in a start since Aug. 30, when
he gave up seven at Boston.
''I made one bad pitch to Garko,'' Buehrle said. ''Lee's been pitching pretty well and he's had success against us, so you
know it will be a tough game.''
The last-place Indians open a 10-game, 11-day road trip Friday at Tampa Bay. It is the longest trip of the season for a team
that still hasn't won more than two consecutive games all year.
Notes: Quentin (sore heel) is expected back in the starting lineup Friday. ... Chicago OF
(oblique) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday night. ... Indians DH
(shoulder) is slated to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus on Friday. ... Cleveland utilityman
made his first appearance this season when he started at third base. Carroll opened the year on the disabled list with a broken