Dodgers 2, Phillies 1
WP – Chad Billingsley (3-4, 3.80)
LP – Cliff Lee (0-3, 2.92)
SV – Kenley Jansen (8)
PHILADELPHIA — Teams win together and teams lose together.
For Cliff Lee, the loss hurts especially for him. The first win of the year eluded Lee once again as he fell to 0-3 on the season despite boasting a 2.92 ERA as the Phillies lost their fourth straight game, 2-1, to the Dodgers.
The Phillies are back under .500 for the first time since May 23.
Again the loss can be pitted on a lack of finishing innings. They managed seven hits in the game, going 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranding seven.
Hunter Pence’s RBI single in the 1st inning was the lone run the Phillies would score for Lee.
The Phils held the 1-0 lead into the 8th inning until the Dodgers scored the tying and go-ahead runs off Lee in the inning. The inning itself was bizarre, seeing Dodgers runners twice tossed out at third.
Matt Treanor hit a lead-off double but was out at third on a Tony Gwynn Jr ground out. Gwynn was then thrown out at third on a single by Bobby Abreu. Dee Gordon then singled to put two men on with two outs.
Ellian Herrera then hit a two-run, two-out double off Lee, scoring both Abreu and Gordon to give the Dodgers the 2-1 lead.
Lee went 7 2/3, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out 12. He was the first pitcher to lose a game despite throwing 92 strikes when Aaron Harang did it in September 2007.
2B: Rollins (9).