CLEVELAND -- A year ago Cliff Lee was sent to the minors and didn't make the Cleveland Indians' postseason roster.
"He's probably one of the best pitchers going right now," Seattle Manager John McLaren said after Lee won his fifth straight start, leading the Indians to an 8-3 win over the Mariners on Wednesday night.
Lee's consecutive scoreless innings streak ended at 27 on Wladimir Balentien's three-run homer in the seventh. That raised his earned-run average from 0.28 to 0.96, still lowest in the majors.
"I try to put up zeros every inning," said Lee, 5-8 with a 6.29 ERA last season. "It had to come to an end eventually."