Series: Game 2 of 3

Cleveland leads 2-0 (as of 9/6)

Game 1: Monday, September 5
Game 2: Tuesday, September 6
Game 3: Wednesday, September 7

Indians 6

(77-61, 44-29 away)

Tigers 1

(63-73, 32-35 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 6, 2005

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    CLE 002000130 6 9 1
    DET 000000001 1 5 1

    W: C. Lee (15-4)

    L: J. Johnson (7-12)

    Lee hurls eight shutout innings, now 15-4

    DETROIT (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians score a lot of runs for Cliff Lee. He didn't need the support Tuesday night.

    AL wild-card standings
    Team W L Pct. GB
    Yankees 77 60 .562 --
    Indians 77 61 .558 ½
    A's 76 62 .551
    Twins 72 666 .522

    Lee allowed four hits over eight shutout innings and Cleveland beat the Detroit Tigers 6-1 on Tuesday night to move to within a half-game of first-place New York in the AL wild-card race.

    Grady Sizemore, Coco Crisp and Aaron Boone homered to account for all of Cleveland's runs. Crisp had three hits and stole a base.

    Detroit scored in the ninth, its first run in 27 innings, to avoid its third straight shutout. The Tigers have lost six straight.

    "It's time for the troops to dig a little deeper here. We get to find out what we're made of," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "We've hit pretty much a low point in the season for me, and there's no pity party."

    Lee (15-4) won his sixth straight decision, walking two and striking out four as he had the Tigers off balance throughout the game.

    "Things went pretty good for me," Lee said. "They didn't score and I can't complain about that."

    Detroit could only manage two hits by Magglio Ordonez, a two-out single in the first and a leadoff double in the fourth, a single by Dmitri Young in the sixth and a single by Placido Polanco leading off the eighth.

    "I located my fastball," Lee said. "I didn't have a good grip on it, but I was locating it well. They started looking for the fastball and I started throwing changeups."

    Ordonez' first-inning single followed a walk to Ivan Rodriguez and gave the Tigers runners on first and second with two outs. But Lee got Young to foul out to end the inning.

    Lee retired the next three batters after Ordonez's fourth-inning double.

    Young's single in the sixth gave Detroit runners on first and second with two outs, after Rodriguez reached on an error by Boone at third base.

    But Lee struck out Craig Monroe looking to end that threat and retired the next three batters after Polanco's single in the eighth.

    Jason Johnson (7-12) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings, walking two and striking out two.

    "I don't know if we're running out of gas. I can't explain it," Johnson said. "It's just one of those things where we're kind of in a rut right now. Our starters had a rough couple weeks, and I feel like our starters are really starting to come back and pitch well again. The hitters are having a little rough week now, too."

    The Tigers scored in the ninth when Brandon Inge tripled off David Riske with one out to score Young, who had walked and moved to second on a passed ball.

    Crisp put Cleveland ahead 2-0 in the third with his two-out, two-run homer, his 11th of the season.

    "Coco has been really stepping up in big situations," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "... He has no fear."

    Boone led off the seventh with his 13th homer of the season, off Franklin German, to make it 3-0.

    Sizemore added a three-run homer in the eighth, off Craig Dingman, his 17th of the season.

    "That's what you play for," Sizemore said of the wild-card race. "You play all year in a lot of games. This is the spot you play for."

    Game notes

    Rodriguez's walk in the first inning was only his seventh of the season and first since July 26. ... Cleveland 2B Ronnie Belliard got his first triple of the season in the second inning. ... Ordonez is 7-for-12 lifetime against Lee. ... Home plate umpire Bill Hohn ejected two fans during the eighth inning for swearing at Trammell.

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