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MIAMI -- With the way he's pitching these days, Josh Johnson needs very little run support.
Johnson (5-5) pitched six strong innings to help the Miami Marlins win consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month and keep Cliff Lee winless with a 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
Johnson wrapped up June with a 2-2 record and 1.87 ERA in five starts.
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"He's our ace for a reason," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Johnson (5-5) allowed one run and four hits while striking out six. He threw 69 of 108 pitches for strikes.
"This month wasn't the best pitching-wise, but someone had to step up and try to help the bullpen out a little bit," Johnson said.
Justin Ruggiano tied a career high with three hits and drove in two runs for Miami, which last won consecutive games June 2-3 at Philadelphia. The Marlins were 4-17 since.
"I didn't think we had back-to-back wins since spring training," Guillen said. "It seems like we're coming around little by little."
Lee (0-5) allowed six runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings, falling to 0-2 with a 7.30 ERA in his last four starts.
"It was just weird," Lee said. "It seemed everything they hit went between third and short. They got a lot of hits. It was one of those nights. I can't really explain it."
Hunter Pence homered for the Phillies, who played for the first time at the new Marlins Park.
"Nice, real nice," said Phillies left fielder Juan Pierre, a former Marlin. "They did a real good job with it. The fans are in here and it's loud, that's for sure. Miami deserves to have a stadium."
It was Ruggiano's first three-hit game since June 12, 2011, at Baltimore while with Tampa Bay, and the third of his career.
"He rakes," Johnson said. "We were talking about it after his third hit, he never stops hitting."
"When you jump up 1-0 with J.J. on the mound, it is a different ballgame," Guillen said.
Pence cut the deficit to 3-1 with his 15th homer over the right-field fence.
"Johnson was good tonight," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Johnson's a good pitcher. Give him credit, too, but at the same time, we scored one run off him and we didn't play well enough to win."
Ruggiano's two-run double followed by John Buck's RBI single ended Lee's outing.
"Anytime you can get a couple runs extra on the board, it allows everyone to relax a little bit and take a breath," Ruggiano said.
Pence added an RBI single in the ninth.
|Josh Johnson pitched six strong innings to help the Marlins win consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jimmy Rollins, SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.266|
|Juan Pierre, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.314|
|Chase Utley, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||2||0||.444|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.356|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.280|
|Shane Victorino, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.253|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.282|
|John Mayberry Jr., 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.229|
|Cliff Lee, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.231|
|Raul Valdes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Hector Luna, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.255|
|Jeremy Horst, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Valdes in the 8th|
|HR - Hunter Pence (15, Johnson)|
|RBI - Hunter Pence 2 (47)|
|SB - Jimmy Rollins (14, 2nd base off Johnson/Buck), Juan Pierre (19, 2nd base off Johnson/Buck)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Cliff Lee (L,0-5)||4.2||10||6||6||2||3||0||4.13|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 96-61, Raul Valdes 34-24, Jeremy Horst 11-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 4-7, Raul Valdes 2-3, Jeremy Horst 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 26, Raul Valdes 8, Jeremy Horst 3|
|Jose Reyes, SS||5||1||1||0||0||1||0||.268|
|Hanley Ramirez, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.259|
|Giancarlo Stanton, RF||3||2||2||1||1||0||0||.278|
|Logan Morrison, LF||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.232|
|Mike Dunn, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Webb, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Justin Ruggiano, CF-LF||4||1||3||2||0||1||1||.388|
|Omar Infante, 2B||3||0||1||1||0||0||2||.288|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||4||.193|
|John Buck, C||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.182|
|Josh Johnson, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.048|
|Edward Mujica, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Cousins, CF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.212|
|2B - Jose Reyes (16, Lee), Hanley Ramirez (17, Lee), Logan Morrison (12, Lee), Justin Ruggiano (8, Lee)|
|SF - Omar Infante (2)|
|RBI - Giancarlo Stanton (47), Logan Morrison (27), Justin Ruggiano 2 (8), Omar Infante (27), John Buck (21)|
|2-OUT RBI - John Buck (4)|
|SB - Justin Ruggiano (2, 3rd base off Lee/Ruiz)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Reyes-Infante-G. Sanchez, H. Ramirez-Infante-G. Sanchez|
|Josh Johnson (W,5-5)||6||4||1||1||2||6||1||3.80|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 108-69, Edward Mujica 10-6, Mike Dunn 11-8, Ryan Webb 17-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 7-4, Edward Mujica 2-0, Mike Dunn 1-2, Ryan Webb 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 23, Edward Mujica 3, Mike Dunn 3, Ryan Webb 5|
|Attendance - 28246|
|Game Time - 2:50|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Angel Campos|