Lee blanks Nats in finale

Cliff Lee stamped the exclamation point on the statement that the Phillies made the right choice in signing him over Jayson Werth.

Lee bounced back from his poor start against Atlanta to shut out the Nationals, 4-0, as the Phils took their fourth series of the season.

Phillies starter Cliff Lee needed just 99 pitches to shut out the Washington Nationals, 4-0, on Thursday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Lee was fantastic, blowing his way through the Nats line up for nine innings, allowing only three hits and a walk while striking out 12 in the first complete game shut out and second complete game of the season for the staff.

It was the first time since Paul Byrd and Curt Schilling in 1999 that the Phillies had back-to-back complete games thrown.

Nats starter Jordan Zimmerman had a perfect game going through the first five innings. But Carlos Ruiz ended that bid emphatically with a solo home run, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead.

Chooch finished his night 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Jimmy Rollins finally drove in his first run of the season in eighth. Shane Victorino hit his fourth double of the season from the lead-off spot.

In a post I made earlier today, Lee and Werth met up for the first since the off season in what looks to be many times in the future. Lee bested Werth as the right fielder went 0-for-4 with two strike outs.

2B: Victorino (4). HR: Ruiz (2).

WP: Lee (2-1). LP: Zimmerman (1-2).

Boxscore.

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