Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cliff Lee tosses eight strong innings as Phillies trump Braves

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
@Philabaseball

Cliff Lee scattered two hits over eight strong innings to lead the Phillies past the Braves on Thursday night at Turner Field in Atlanta, 2-0.

Lee tossed 106 pitches, 78 for strikes, and collected eight strikeouts.

The Phillies loaded the bases in the second inning before Ben Revere knocked in Laynce Nix on a fielder's choice to go ahead 1-0. Chase Utley hit a sacrifice-fly later in the frame scoring Erik Kratz to push the lead to 2-0.

Jimmy Rollins paced the Phillies offense with a pair of hits and a stolen base.

Kris Medlen lasted just five innings for the Braves, surrendering two runs on six hits. He walked four.

Jonathan Papelbon tossed a perfect ninth inning to pick up his first save of the season. 

- Patrick Gordon is the Managing Editor of the Philadelphia Baseball Review. Follow him on Twitter @Philabaseball or contact him at pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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