By SAMUEL BOTWINICK  |  Staff Writer
Cliff Lee tossed 8 2/3 dominant innings, surrendering three runs, two unearned, while striking out six as the Phillies defeated the Mets on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, 8-3.

Four runs have seemed to be insufficient for the Phillies this year, so they took matters into their own hands by doubling that effort, scoring eight runs.    

The Phillies got all of the offense they needed in the bottom of the third via the long ball.  After 28 at bats, Ryan Howard went deep for the first time this season.  Michael Young followed that up with a solo shot to right, and John Mayberry drilled a deep line shot to left to give the Phillies a 7-0 advantage.  

The Phillies started the scoring in the bottom of the second when Young lined a single to center, and later scored on Mayberry's double to left field. Lee helped his own cause with an RBI single, bringing in Mayberry from second, and  later in the inning scoring on Jimmy Rollins' double to right, pushing the Phillies ahead 4-0.

The Mets scored in the top of the fourth when John Buck roped a two-run shot to right-center.  In the top of the fifth, they scored again after Erik Kratz let a passed ball get through his legs to when Jordany Valdespin came home on a passed ball.

Dillon Gee struggled for the Mets, surrendering seven earned runs, including three home runs, over three innings.

Mike Adams recorded the final out to secure the win for the Phillies.

-  Samuel Botwinick is a staff writer for the Philadelphia Baseball Review.  Contact him at or @avdbkr20samuel on twitter.

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