The Power of Lee: Cliff homers in Phils win

Phils pitcher Cliff Lee celebrates with Shane Victorino at the top of the dugout after hitting his second home run of the season in the 7th inning. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

“Cliff Lee has as many homers against left-handed pitching as Ryan Howard with 1” – Kevin Cooney

Put that into perspective. Lee hit his second home run of the season, the first Phillies pitcher to hit multiple home runs in a single season since Randy Wolf hit three in 2004, as the Phillies beat Los Angeles 2-1.

Lee took Dodgers left-handed starter Ted Lilly yard in the 7th to give the Phils a 2-0 lead and add insurance for Lee’s 12th win on the season. Lee finished his night on the hill with eight shut out innings, allowing only four hits and two walks while striking out 10. It was the eighth start of the season for Lee in which he reached the double-digit plateau in strike outs.

Lee’s night ended after eight because he threw 124 pitches. Ryan Madson allowed a run in the 9th but got the save. It was Madson’s 21st save in 22 chances this season. He’s the only reliever on the Phils current roster with a blown save.

Lee’s pitching opponent, Lilly, was fantastic as well, holding the Phillies to only two runs on six hits and a rare walk in eight innings of work. But an RBI double by Rollins and Lee’s solo homer did Lilly in as he was bested by Lee.

Rollins’ RBI double in the 3rd was as flukey as it could have gotten. He hit a blooper over the head of first baseman Casey Blake that rolled just far enough from Blake and in front of right fielder Andre Ethier to get Rollins to second and score Wilson Valdez from second.

Rollins had the lone two-hit day for the Phils.

2B: Rollins (21). HR: Lee (2).

WP: Lee (12-7). LP: Lilly (7-12). S: Madson (21).

Boxscore.

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