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Phillies End Season at .500 With 5-1 Loss to Nationals

Phillies SP Cliff Lee in his final start of 2012. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Nationals 5, Phillies 1
WP – Edwin Jackson (10-11, 4.03)
LP – Cliff Lee (6-9, 3.16)
SV – Michael Gonzalez (1)

WASHINGTON — The Phillies 2012 season ended in fitting fashion: in Washington to the NL East champs with a loss.

Cliff Lee went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and seven strikeouts. Lee finished the season 6-9 with a 3.16 ERA, 207 strikeouts and 28 walks in 211 innings.

Lee had a surprisingly history season, becoming the first ever pitcher to win less than eight games with a sub-3.20 ERA and over 200 strike outs.

Darin Ruf once again drove in the Phillies’ only run of the game. His sacrifice fly in the 4th inning gave him his eighth RBI in the last four games against Washington, providing 100% of the offense in each of those games.

The Phillies only lead disappeared in the bottom of the 4th. Lee gave up a lead-off homer to Ryan Zimmerman and back-to-back double to lead off the inning, giving Washington a 2-1 lead.

The Nats scored one more off Lee in the 6th with Tyler Moore’s solo shot.

2B: Schierholtz 2 (8), Ruiz (32), Frandsen (10).

Boxscore.

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