Lee has 13 Ks, cruz hits homer in 10th in­ning as Rangers win

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

AR­LING­TON — Nel­son Cruz hit a two-run homer in the bot­tom of the 10th to lift Texas to a 3-1 vic­tory over the Oak­land Ath­let­ics on Tues­day night af­ter Rangers starter Cliff Lee struck out a ca­reer­high 13 and scat­tered five hits in a nine-in­ning no-de­ci­sion.

With the game tied at 1, Josh Hamil­ton drew a one-out walk off Michael Wertz (2-2) and Cruz fol­lowed by loft­ing a 1-1 pitch high into the left field seats.

Lee, who re­mains stuck on 99 ca­reer vic­to­ries, had the most strike­outs for the Rangers since Aaron Sele’s 13 on Aug. 12, 1999, against Detroit. Lee didn’t walk a bat­ter and has is­sued only seven walks in 17 starts this sea­son.

Oak­land ad­vanced a run­ner to third with two outs in the 10th, but Nef­tali Feliz (2-2) struck out pinch-hit­ter Cliff Pen­ning­ton.

The only A’s run against Lee was un­earned in the sixth with the help of a two-base er­ror on sec­ond base­man Ian Kinsler.

Lee has lasted at least eight in­nings in eight straight starts, the long­est streak in the ma­jors since Toronto’s Pat Hent­gen had 12 in a row in 1996.

Lee is 1-1 with two no-de­ci­sions in his four starts since he was acquired by Texas in a trade with Seat­tle on July 9.

In that span, Lee has is­sued only one walk in 351⁄ in­nings, and that was in­ten­tional.

A’s starter Gio Gon­za­lez was no Lee, but he pitched well.

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