Series: Game 3 of 3

Cleveland won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, September 9
Game 2: Saturday, September 10
Game 3: Sunday, September 11

Twins 4

(73-69, 34-37 away)

Indians 12

(82-61, 37-32 home)

8:05 PM ET, September 11, 2005

Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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MIN 000200200 4 9 0
CLE 46100100 - 12 17 2

W: C. Lee (16-4)

L: C. Silva (9-8)

Lee, Indians each go for seventh straight win

Minnesota (73-68) at Cleveland (81-61), 8:09 pm EDT

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Cliff Lee and the Cleveland Indians certainly are picking a good time to heat up. Each puts a six-game winning streak on the line Sunday when they look to complete a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins.

After recording a four-game sweep of Detroit and posting a 4-2 victory over Minnesota in Friday's series opener, Cleveland followed up with a 7-5 triumph Saturday. Scott Elarton tossed eight solid innings and Coco Crisp homered and drove in two runs to give the Indians a 1 1/2-game lead in the American League wild card race.

Cleveland looks to keep the momentum going behind Lee (15-4, 3.72 ERA), who has gone 3-0 with a 1.54 ERA in his last five games and 6-0 with a 3.42 ERA in his last 10 outings. The lefthander is coming off a stellar outing Tuesday vs. Detroit in which he yielded just four hits in eight scoreless innings of a 6-1 victory.

Lee is 3-2 with a 4.24 ERA in seven lifetime starts against the Twins, including a 6-2 loss June 1 in which he was reached for four runs in five innings.

Minnesota, which has dropped four of five, gives the ball to Carlos Silva (9-7, 3.27). The righthanded sinkerballer was a hard-luck loser Monday vs. Texas, when a pair of errors by the Twins caused him to be charged with six runs - one earned - in a 7-0 loss.

Silva is 2-2 with a 4.60 ERA against the Indians in his career, including an 0-1 mark with a 3.13 ERA in three starts this year.

The victor of Sunday's contest will win the season series, 10-9.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Gameday Matchup

Current StreakW3L3
Last 105-54-6

Pitching Matchup

C. Silva
9-8, 3.44 ERA

Last Game:
9/11 at CLE
1.0 IP, 4 ER
Dec = Loss
C. Lee
18-5, 3.79 ERA

Last Game:
9/28 at CLE
8.0 IP, 1 ER
Dec = Loss

Gameday Lineups

1. S. Stewart, LF G. Sizemore, CF
2. J. Castro, 2B C. Crisp, LF
3. L. Ford, CF J. Peralta, SS
4. M. LeCroy, DH T. Hafner, DH
5. J. Jones, RF V. Martinez, C
6. M. Cuddyer, RF R. Belliard, 2B
7. J. Morneau, 1B B. Broussard, 1B
8. M. Redmond, C A. Boone, 3B
9. J. Bartlett, SS C. Blake, RF