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Phillies throttle Gee; Lee holds back Mets

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PHILADELPHIA -- At least the Philadelphia Phillies still have one ace.

Cliff Lee came within one out of a complete game, Ryan Howard and Michael Young hit back-to-back home runs and the Phillies beat the New York Mets 8-3 on Tuesday night.

John Mayberry Jr. also went deep for Philadelphia and Young had three hits, missing the cycle by a double.

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Lee (2-0) allowed three runs -- two earned -- and eight hits, striking out six in 8 2/3 innings. The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner didn't win his second game until July 31 last year.

While Lee is off to an excellent start with a 1.08 ERA, Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay are 0-4 combined with a 12.50 ERA.

"I'm not worried about anybody on this team," Lee said. "It's only two outings. Our talent will play out over the course of the season."

Before the game, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Phillies need better pitching from Hamels and Halladay, who are making a combined $39.5 million this season.

"If our No. 1 and No. 2 don't pitch well, we can't win," Amaro said.

The Phillies (3-5) roughed up Dillon Gee (0-2) for seven runs and 10 hits in three innings. It was his shortest career outing in 51 starts.

"He'd miss his target by two feet. It was just one of those nights for him," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Gee.

John Buck hit his fourth home run in eight games for the Mets, who fell to 5-3.

For the first time since 1980, Philadelphia played New York in three professional sports on the same day. The NHL's New York Islanders beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 and the NBA's Brooklyn Nets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 104-83.

The Phillies jumped on Gee for four runs in the second. Young and Domonic Brown hit hard singles before Mayberry ripped a two-run double down the left-field line. With two outs, Lee hit a sharp single up the middle to score Mayberry. Jimmy Rollins then lined an RBI double to right.

Howard and Young homered on consecutive pitches in the third and Mayberry connected one out later. It was the first home run this season for all three hitters.

Howard's drive went to left-center and Young also went opposite field to right for his first home run with the Phillies. Mayberry's shot hooked down the left-field line.

Gee became the first Mets pitcher to allow three home runs in one inning since Johan Santana against the New York Yankees on June 8, 2012.

"We did a good job feeding off Cliff," Young said. "Cliff is awesome. Love playing behind him. He's a baseball player who pitches. He loves to compete. He has a bad at-bat and he gets [ticked]."

Buck hit his second opposite-field drive in two nights. He connected off Halladay in a 7-2 victory Monday night.

Mayberry, starting against a righty instead of the left-handed hitting Laynce Nix, finished 2 for 4 with three RBI. Young was 3 for 4 and drove in two. He hit an RBI triple in the fourth for his third hit. Needing a double for the cycle, Young grounded out in the seventh.

Lee was a hard-luck pitcher last year, going 6-9 despite a 3.16 ERA. He nearly recorded his first complete game since Sept. 15, 2011. He had six that season.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel got booed when he went to the mound to pull Lee and heard some more when he jogged back to the dugout.

"Obviously with one out, I wanted to stay in," Lee said. "But we won the game and that's all that matters."

Manuel didn't want to push Lee past 106 pitches.

"I didn't want to get in a big inning where he threw 25, 30 pitches," Manuel said.

Notes

  • The six combined letters in the last names of the two starters tied a record for fewest. It has happened 22 other times.
  • Amaro said the team has no plans to take the struggling Halladay out of the rotation or send him to extended spring training to work out his issues. "Doc gets as long as he needs," Amaro said.
  • Phillies C Carlos Ruiz was 1 for 3 against New York Yankees right-hander Chien-Ming Wang in an extended spring game. OF Delmon Young played six innings in the field in that game. Young, who is rehabbing an ankle injury, could start a rehab assignment next week.
  • Gee's previous shortest start was 3 2/3 innings in Philadelphia on Aug. 3, 2011.
  • A crowd of 38,305 was the fourth consecutive non-sellout at Citizens Bank Park.
  • RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-1, 1.50 ERA) pitches for the Mets against RHP Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 7.94) on Wednesday night.
 
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Philadelphia's Ryan Howard (6) celebrates with Domonic Brown after hitting a solo home run in the third inning.  (AP)
Philadelphia's Ryan Howard (6) celebrates with Domonic Brown after hitting a solo home run in the third inning. (AP)

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Philadelphia

M. Young
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

J. Buck
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Collin Cowgill, CF4000020 .130
Daniel Murphy, 2B4020010 .333
David Wright, 3B4100002 .286
John Buck, C4122000 .393
Marlon Byrd, RF4010012 .269
Lucas Duda, LF2010000 .227
    Greg Burke, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Baxter, PH1000010 .222
    Scott Rice, P0000000 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
   b- Anthony Recker, PH1000011 .250
Justin Turner, 1B4010001 .400
Ruben Tejada, SS4000012 .192
Dillon Gee, P1000000 .000
    Jordany Valdespin, LF2110000 .300
Totals3538207  
a-struck out for G. Burke in the 6th
b-struck out for Lyon in the 9th
Batting
2B - Daniel Murphy (3, Lee)
3B - Jordany Valdespin (1, Lee)
HR - John Buck (4, Lee)
RBI - John Buck 2 (14)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Lucas Duda (1, Throwing), Justin Turner (1, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dillon Gee (L,0-2) 31077023 7.71
Greg Burke 2111120 5.79
Scott Rice 1000110 2.08
LaTroy Hawkins 1000010 4.91
Brandon Lyon 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 56-37, Greg Burke 43-23, Scott Rice 16-6, LaTroy Hawkins 10-7, Brandon Lyon 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 5-2, Greg Burke 1-3, LaTroy Hawkins 2-0, Brandon Lyon 2-0
Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 19, Greg Burke 8, Scott Rice 4, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Brandon Lyon 3
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Revere, CF5010011 .229
Jimmy Rollins, SS4011010 .294
Chase Utley, 2B2100202 .345
Ryan Howard, 1B4111012 .161
Michael Young, 3B4232000 .345
Domonic Brown, LF4110011 .233
John Mayberry Jr., RF4223000 .333
Erik Kratz, C4010011 .200
Cliff Lee, P4111021 .167
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
Totals35811827  
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (4, Gee), John Mayberry Jr. (3, Gee)
3B - Michael Young (1, G. Burke)
HR - Ryan Howard (1, Gee), Michael Young (1, Gee), John Mayberry Jr. (1, Gee)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (5), Ryan Howard (5), Michael Young 2 (3), John Mayberry Jr. 3 (3), Cliff Lee (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins (1), Michael Young (1), Cliff Lee (1)
SB - Chase Utley 2 (3, 2nd base off G. Burke/Buck, 3rd base off Rice/Buck)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Utley-Howard
PB - Erik Kratz (1)
E - Jimmy Rollins (1, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cliff Lee (W,2-0) 8.2832061 1.08
Mike Adams 0.1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 106-75, Mike Adams 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 10-10
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 34, Mike Adams 1
Game Information
Attendance - 38305
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Jim Reynolds