SEATTLE (AP) -- Cliff Lee showed how good he can be when he is
getting ahead in the count.
Lee pitched seven scoreless innings and Victor Martinez had a
two-run double during a three-run seventh, leading the Cleveland
Indians to a 5-2 victory over the slumping Seattle Mariners on
Saturday night.Lee (2-0) allowed four hits, struck out five and walked one. He
threw 107 pitches, 70 for strikes."I felt like I was getting ahead," Lee said. "If I left it
over the middle, it seemed like they hit it right to someone. In
the first three or four innings, I got a couple of outs that they
easily could have drove. I got lucky early, and then got into a
pretty good groove."During the 14 innings he's pitched in his last two starts, Lee
has allowed no runs and only six hits. He had given up nine earned
runs in 10 innings in his first two starts."He's still getting better," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.
"He is learning what it takes to be successful. He was as
efficient tonight as he's ever been. It was great to see,
especially in a tight game like this."Lee became the latest pitcher to shut down the Mariners, who
have scored just three runs while losing their last three games."Wherever the catcher's glove was, he was hitting it,"
Seattle's Richie Sexson said. "He never really got into a pattern.
He might go 2-0 curve or 2-0 change or 0-2 fastball. As a hitter,
you're looking for a pattern."With one out in the seventh, Grady Sizemore singled off Aaron
Sele (1-2) and advanced to second on a fielder's choice. Coco Crisp
drove home Sizemore with a single and Ronnie Belliard followed with
another single.Ron Villone replaced Sele and immediately fell behind 3-0 to
Martinez, who got the green light and doubled into left-center
field for a three-run lead."Cliff was doing a great job for us, changing speeds and mixing
it up," Martinez said. "We needed to start getting some runs."Sele allowed six hits and three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings,
falling to 0-3 in his last seven starts against Cleveland. He has
not beaten the Indians since Sept. 7, 1999, while with Texas.The Indians missed a chance to get on the board against Sele in
the second. With one out and runners at second and third, Sele
fielded a comebacker hit by Travis Hafner and threw out Crisp at
the plate, which was blocked perfectly by Dan Wilson.Cleveland added an unearned run in the eighth when Wilson's
throw to third on an attempted stolen base by Ben Broussard sailed
high into left field for an error, allowing Broussard to score.
Belliard made it 5-0 with his fifth homer with two outs in the
ninth.Seattle finally scored in the ninth. Bobby Howry walked Randy
Winn and gave up singles to Adrian Beltre and Sexson, with Winn
scoring on right fielder Casey Blake's error. Bob Wickman entered
and allowed another run to score on a double-play grounder before
recording his fifth save in seven opportunities."We had two scoring opportunities tonight with men on second
and nobody out," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. "We
couldn't execute. We couldn't get them over or in. It's
Lee did not throw more than nine pitches in any of the
first three innings. ... Safeco Field's retractable roof was closed
and has been closed for at least part of four of Seattle's 10 home
games this year. ... Seattle's first three hits were doubles. ...
Sexson broke an 0-for-14 slump with a single in the seventh.