Phillies Take Rubber-Match; Lee Winless Again

Phillies catchers Brian Schneider (left) and Carlos Ruiz (right) celebrate after Ruiz’s two-run pinch-hit home run in the 7th. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Phillies 10, Mets 6
WP – Antonio Bastardo (2-1, 1.84)
LP – Jon Rauch (3-4, 4.09)

NEW YORK — Cliff Lee will enter the month of June without a win.

But despite that fact, the Phillies pulled another late-inning rally with Lee on the hill to beat the Mets 10-5, winning the series two games to one.

Lee went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out seven on the night. In his first eight starts, Lee is 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA, hardly the type of record you’d see with a pitcher that boasts that ERA.

It was probably Lee’s only fault this time around that he didn’t earn his first win of the 2012 season.

Lee gave up a two-run homer in the bottom of the 6th inning to Lucas Duda that gave the Mets a 3-1 lead. It was Carlos Ruiz’s pinch-hit  two-run home run, bad hamstring and all, to even the score back up in the top of the 7th and wiped Lee’s loss off the board.

Some timely hitting in the 8th inning for the Phils gave them the winning run. Juan Pierre led off with his second hit of the night and moved to third on a Hunter Pence single. After Ty Wigginton struck out looking, Shane Victorino drove in Pierre on a sacrifice fly to center to give the Phils a 4-3 lead.

They tacked on six more runs in the 9th inning thanks to a Jimmy Rollins three-run homer, a Wigginton RBI single and Victorino two-run single.

And it’s a good thing they did because the Mets scored three in the bottom of the 9th.

Wigginton’s home run was his third in the last six games he’s played in. Pierre had his third multi-hit game in the last four, following up a 1-for-19 stretch in the six games prior to that.

2B: Schneider (3), Pierre (4). HR: Wigginton (5), Ruiz (8), Rollins (2).



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