Cleveland Tops Oakland, 2-1

Lee, Borowski lead Indians over A's
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2008 10:17 PM CDT
Oakland Athletics pitcher Joe Blanton (55) wipes his mouth before being removed in the seventh inning of their game against the Cleveland Indians by manager Bob Geren, left, this afternoon.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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(Newser) – Cliff Lee won his first start of the season, retiring 10 of his last 12 batters to lead Cleveland over Oakland 2-1 Sunday and stop the Indians' three-game losing streak. Lee gave up four hits and struck out four in 6 2/3 innings to beat A's ace Joe Blanton who carried a shutout into seventh before Cleveland scored twice on just two hits.

Joe Borowski pitched the ninth for his second save in as many chances. Borowski followed Rafael Perez and Rafael Betancourt and completed a four-hitter. Cleveland entered batting just .181 (15-for-93) over its previous three games but had seven hits and four walks off Blanton - the most walks he allowed since Aug. 12, 2006. Three of those walks came in the seventh.