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Lee pitches shutout against Reds

FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010, 9:30 P.M.

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Cliff Lee, right, gets a hug from catcher Rob Johnson after the team beat the Cincinnati Reds. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Cliff Lee, right, gets a hug from catcher Rob Johnson after the team beat the Cincinnati Reds. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

SEATTLE — Cliff Lee struck out seven in a six-hitter and the Seattle Mariners beat Cincinnati 1-0 on Friday night to knock the Reds out of first place in the NL Central.

Lee (5-3) earned his fifth career shutout and first since Sept. 15 for Philadelphia against Washington. It came against the only team with four regulars batting above .300 entering the day.

The left-hander, who won the 2008 AL Cy Young Award with Cleveland, also lowered his ERA to 2.55 with his 16th career complete game.

Josh Wilson hit an RBI single in the sixth for Seattle, which won for just the fourth time in 14 games.

Johnny Cueto (6-2) allowed four hits in 5 2-3 innings for Cincinnati, which lost for the fifth time in seven games.



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