Lee Tops Wang; Tribe Blank Yanks

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 10:30 PM CDT
Cleveland Indians pitcher Rafael Betancourt, right, and catcher Kelly Shoppach congratulate one another after the Indians beat the New York Yankees 3-0 in a baseball game Wednesday night, May 7, 2008.   (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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(Newser) – Cliff Lee threw seven sharp innings Wednesday night to beat Chien-Ming Wang in a matchup of unbeaten starters, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees. Lee became the first Indians pitcher to win his first six starts since Greg Swindell in 1988 and lowered his major league-best ERA to a microscopic 0.81.

The left-hander has allowed just four earned runs in 44 2-3 innings after a rough 2007 that included a stint in the minors. Wang (6-1) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings for the Yankees, who dropped to 3-5 on their nine-game homestand. Hideki Matsui singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 16 games, matching a career high.