Six. That was the number tonight as All-Star pitcher Cliff Lee tossed six straight shut-out innings in front of a 30,000 plus crowd at Progressive Field. Using his pitching repertoire to its finest, Lee calmly led the Rays to their longest losing streak of the season, at five.
Thus far, the home stretch has played out very well for the Tribe, totaling a blast of 18 runs in two games. Home runs have been a factor, as last night four were driven in. Tonight, Jhonny Peralta lined a two run homer into the stands after providing security with an RBI double. Insurance runs were secured in the fifth and seventh innings (each with 1 run respectively).
David Shields pitched a somewhat disappointing start for the Rays, giving up five earned runs and ten hits in 6 plus innings. The Rays, struggling as of late offensively, could not pick up the pitcher, providing no runs on this eventual firework night.
Lee, on the other hand, pitched 6 strong innings, gave up five hits, no runs, and struck out seven.
The Indians and Rays continue the battle tomorrow and Sunday night in an uplifting series for the Indians of Cleveland.
Lee and the bullpen put this one away, at 5-0.