KANSAS CITY - Cliff Lee won his 10th straight decision, the longest winning streak in the majors this season, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Sunday. Lee, who leads the majors with 21 wins, is 10-0 in 11 starts since a July 6 loss at Minnesota. In those 11 starts, Lee has a 1.84 ERA. He lowered his major league leading ERA to 2.28.
"I really don't think about it that much," Lee said. "I think about preparing each day and doing everything I need to do to get ready for my next start. I don't really reflect back on previous outings and what I've done or look too much ahead of today. That's been a key to me being successful this year. I'm going to continue to have the same mindset."
Lee (21-2) held the Royals to one run and seven hits - six of them singles - in 7 1-3 innings, while striking out five and walking one. Lee is 4-0 against the Royals this year. Lee has 30.4 percent of the Indians' 69 victories. Lee's 21 wins are the most in the majors since Dontrelle Willis won 22 in 2005 with Florida. That is the most wins by a Cleveland left-hander since Vean Gregg won a franchise record 23 in 1911.