Rangers, Lee beat Yankees for AL Series lead

The Texas Rangers beat the New York Yankees 8-0 to seize a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series on Monday.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Tue 19 Oct 2010, 12:05 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:05 AM

Lee, who changed speeds and hit the corners to confound the Yankees, allowed two hits and struck out 13 over eight innings as he won for the third time this post-season and improved his career playoffs record to 7-0.

Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton gave Lee all the support he needed by stroking a two-run homer in the first off starter Andy Pettitte, winner of a record 19 post-season games. Texas added six runs in the ninth off three Yankee relievers.

“Cliff was great tonight to say the least,” said Pettitte, who held the Rangers to two runs and five hits over seven innings. “He was outstanding.”

Lee, 32, retired the first 11 Yankees before issuing a walk to Mark Teixeira, who received an ovation from a Yankee Stadium crowd of 50,000 starved for good news.

Jorge Posada’s single to right with two outs in the fifth inning was the first hit off Lee. Brett Gardner’s lead-off single in the sixth was New York’s only other hit in a dominating performance by the Rangers left-hander.

“The guy can pitch,” Texas manager Ron Washington said. “He can move the ball around, change speeds and hit spots. To do what he did to that lineup, you definitely have to tip your hat to Cliff Lee.”

Lee struck out every Yankees hitter at least once other than Robinson Cano, and only four balls left the infield. He also became the first pitcher to register 10 or more strikeouts in three successive starts in a single post-season.

“That was a complete performance to stagger that lineup. That’s a powerful lineup. Tonight Cliff Lee was the thoroughbred we needed,” said Washington.

Game Four of the series to determine the American League team in the World Series will be played Tuesday in New York.

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