Silent Night: Phils bats go quiet despite Lee’s sturdy outing

Cliff Lee pitched a helluva lot better than the line score really showed.

Despite a few hard-hit balls, Lee was money against the Diamondbacks. Too bad his offense wasn’t there to back him up.

The Diamondbacks snapped the Phillies five-game winning streak with a 4-0 win Monday night in Arizona. It was the 14th game the Phils failed to score more than four runs, dropping to 9-5 in that span.

Two home runs that equated three runs were the only real blemishes on Lee’s night. The left-hander went seven innings allowing four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out 12.

Arizona got home runs from Chris Young, a two-run blast in the third, and a solo homer from Gerardo Parra.

Lee’s opponent Ian Kennedy had an easy night against the Phils. Kennedy went the distance, striking out 10 and allowing only three hits in outing. He retired the last 11 batters he faced for his first career complete game.

The Phillies managed only three hits on the night. Two of those hits came from a streaking Placido Polanco, who is now batting .376 on the season.

Michael Stutes replaced Lee to pitch the eighth. It was the 24-year-old’s major league debut as he retired the D’Backs in order, striking out one.

2B: Polanco (5).

WP: Kennedy (3-1). LP: Lee (2-2).

Boxscore.

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