• Lee earns first win after strong outing vs. Mets



    NEW YORK -- Cliff Lee won a baseball game Wednesday and the country celebrated with fireworks.

    It seemed like the appropriate response considering the circumstances.

    Lee, who finished third in National League Cy Young voting last season, earned his first win of 2012 in his 14th start of the season, pitching eight innings in a 9-2 victory over the New York Mets at Citi Field. If that seems like a long stretch without a win, it is. Lee entered the afternoon tied for the fifth-longest winless streak to start a season in the past 10 years.

    But whatever, right?

    "I think you guys made a bigger deal about it than I did," Lee said. "I keep things simple. I try to give the team a chance to win every time. I would have loved to have had a win a long time ago, but to me it wasn't as big a deal as you guys wanted it to be for me."

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