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Phillies ace Lee fans 10 in eight scoreless, hits homer

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LOS ANGELES -- The eight scoreless innings Cliff Lee pitched against the Los Angeles Dodgers weren't surprising. The home run he hit against Ted Lilly was.

Lee scattered four hits and had 10 strikeouts in addition to his second career homer, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 victory Tuesday. It was team broadcaster and former slugger Gary Matthews Sr. who gave him the inspiration to swing for the fences.

"On the way over, Sarge was talking about the guys that had hit the ball out of the stadium [Willie Stargell twice, Mark McGwire and Mike Piazza], and I was just jokingly saying that I was going to do it today," Lee said. "Obviously I didn't hit one out of the stadium, but I hit one. I was just joking around with those guys. I never expected that to happen.

"Pitching eight innings without giving up a run is great. I feel really good about that. And anytime I do something with the bat -- hitting a home run or getting a bunt down -- it leads to positive things for the team."

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Lee drove a 2-0 pitch into the pavilion in right field with one out in the seventh against lefty Ted Lilly, who has given up a team-high 25 homers this season.

"That's going to be bother me for a while, for sure," Lilly said. "That was a major mistake that cost us a good chance to win the game."

Lee, who spent most of his 10-year career in the American League, did not have a home run in 51 career at-bats entering this season. His first one came July 9 against Atlanta's Tommy Hanson at Philadelphia.

"I found myself in a 2-0 count and got a good pitch to hit," Lee said. "I obviously put a good swing on it. I wasn't trying to hit a home run, but once I made contact, I was pretty certain it was gone. Anytime it's a one-run game and you can extend the lead, it's huge. That was a big run for us right there and it turned out to be the winning run."

Jimmy Rollins had an RBI single to help the Phillies win for the 11th time in 12 games and go 36 games over .500 (76-40) for the first time since 1977, when the team finished 101-61 and lost to the Dodgers in the NL championship series.

Philadelphia maintained its 8½-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East.

Lee (12-7) allowed four singles and only two runners past first base. The left-hander's previous outing against the Dodgers -- a 3-1 win on June 6 -- began an incredible month for the three-time All-Star in which he became the first Phillie to throw three consecutive shutouts since Robin Roberts in 1950.

Ryan Madson got three outs for his 21st save in 22 chances, despite allowing an RBI single in the ninth by Casey Blake.

Coming off a 3-0 victory last Thursday at San Francisco in which he threw 106 pitches and posted his major league-leading fifth shutout, Lee raised his strikeout total to 177 -- eight shy of his career-best total from last season.

Lee fanned Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier their first two times up en route to his 17th career double-digit strikeout game and eighth this season - the most by a Phillie since 1988, when Curt Schilling did it 15 times.

Lilly (7-12) allowed two runs and six hits over eight innings with five strikeouts and a walk. He retired NL RBI leader Ryan Howard on inning-ending groundouts his first two times up -- both times with two men on base.

Rollins lined a soft opposite-field single over the head of first baseman Blake in the third inning to drive in Wilson Valdez with the Phillies' other run.

Lilly gave up singles to his first two batters of the game before rookie shortstop Dee Gordon executed an unassisted double play on Chase Utley's low line drive -- short-hopping the ball and tagging lead runner Rollins before stepping on second for the force on Victorino. Utley stole second before Howard grounded out against the shift.

The first two Dodgers got hits in the bottom half, including a bunt single by Jamey Carroll that put runners at the corners after Gordon stole second. But Lee struck out Ethier and Kemp, then retired Aaron Miles on a foul pop to first base after Carroll stole second.

"Anytime you face first-and-third with nobody out, it's a tough situation regardless of who's up - much less Ethier and then Kemp behind him," Lee said. "Those were two big strikeouts. If they were able to get a run there, it's a different game. So that was definitely a big inning for me."


  • The Dodgers held a special pregame ceremony to honor Hall of Famer Duke Snider, the center fielder on Brooklyn's only World Series championship team, who died Feb. 27 at age 84. Tuesday was 58 years to the day that Snider hit a tiebreaking grand slam off Joe Nuxhall at Cincinnati's Crosley Field to snap a scoreless tie in a 9-1 Dodgers win -- the first of only three slams Nuxhall would give up in his 16-year career.
  • Utley is one game from tying Tony Taylor's franchise record of 1,003 games at 2B.
  • Phillies manager Charlie Manuel played in 19 games with the Dodgers between 1974 and 1975, going 3 for 18 with three RBI -- all as a pinch-hitter for manager Walter Alston.
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Cliff Lee is cheered in the dugout, not for his win, not for his 10 K's, but for his second career home run. (Getty Images)
Cliff Lee is cheered in the dugout, not for his win, not for his 10 K's, but for his second career home run. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

C. Lee
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 2
K 10
Los Angeles

C. Blake
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS3021110 .266
Shane Victorino, CF3010001 .310
Chase Utley, 2B4000003 .281
Ryan Howard, 1B4000013 .249
Hunter Pence, RF4010020 .313
John Mayberry Jr., LF4000000 .253
Carlos Ruiz, C4000011 .261
Wilson Valdez, 3B4110001 .236
Cliff Lee, P2111010 .226
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
2B - Jimmy Rollins (21, Lilly)
HR - Cliff Lee (2, Lilly)
SH - Cliff Lee (3)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (53), Cliff Lee (7)
SB - Chase Utley (13, 2nd base off Lilly/Barajas)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Rollins-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Cliff Lee (W,12-7) 84002100 2.83
Ryan Madson (S,21) 1211010 1.99
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 124-87, Ryan Madson 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 8-5, Ryan Madson 2-0
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 29, Ryan Madson 5
Los Angeles Dodgers
Dee Gordon, SS3010000 .234
   a- Trent Oeltjen, PH1000001 .225
    Blake Hawksworth, P0000000 .000
Jamey Carroll, 2B-SS4020010 .297
Andre Ethier, RF4010022 .307
Matt Kemp, CF4100024 .314
Aaron Miles, 3B3000002 .294
   b- Juan Rivera, PH1000000 .258
Casey Blake, 1B4021000 .259
Rod Barajas, C3000132 .224
Tony Gwynn Jr., LF3000032 .252
Ted Lilly, P2000001 .077
   c- Eugenio Velez, PH-2B0000100 .000
a-grounded into a double play for Gordon in the 8th
b-grounded out for Miles in the 9th
c-walked for Lilly in the 8th
RBI - Casey Blake (22)
2-OUT RBI - Casey Blake (6)
SB - Dee Gordon (12, 2nd base off Lee/Ruiz), Jamey Carroll (10, 2nd base off Lee/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Gordon-Carroll
E - Jamey Carroll (8, Dropped fly)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Ted Lilly (L,7-12) 8622151 4.71
Blake Hawksworth 1000010 2.93
HBP - Victorino (by Ted Lilly)
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 105-74, Blake Hawksworth 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 9-10, Blake Hawksworth 1-1
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 32, Blake Hawksworth 3
Game Information
Attendance - 46547
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - John Hirschbeck