Cliff Lee won his fifth straight start to improve to 5-0 and lead the Cleveland Indians to an 8-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. Lee's consecutive scoreless innings streak ended at 27 on Wladimir Balentien's three-run homer in the seventh. It raised his ERA from 0.28 to 0.96, still lowest in the majors.
Lee was pulled after the homer, the only runs and he allowed in six innings. The left-hander has given up four earned runs in 37 2-3 innings in his five starts. Franklin Gutierrez drove in three runs on an RBI single in the fourth and a two-run single in the fifth. Seattle starter Jarrod Washburn (1-4) allowed six runs in 4 1-3 innings for his third straight loss.