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