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Lee tosses another shutout as Phils beat Cardinals

Jun 23, 2011 - 4:42 AM St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Cliff Lee finally took his show on the road.

Lee showcased his impeccable control, walking just one while scattering six hits in his second straight shutout, as Philadelphia downed St. Louis, 4-0, in the second contest of a three-game set at Busch Stadium.

Lee (8-5) has now tossed 23 straight scoreless frames and has surrendered just one earned run over the last 33 frames. He has a 6-1 record and a 1.88 earned run average at home, but entered this contest with just one win and a 5.35 ERA on the road.

That all changed Wednesday, and Lee got all of the offense he needed from two fourth-inning home runs. Jimmy Rollins hit a solo shot and Ryan Howard added two-run blast. Shane Victorino tripled and scored a ninth-inning insurance run.

The Phillies heralded pitching staff has lived up to the hype, recording its 10th shutout in the first 75 games for the first time since 1964.

Kyle Lohse (7-4) was the hard-luck loser, giving up three runs on seven hits in eight frames.

"I left a couple of pitches up, and kind of fell behind Howard," Lohse said. "He was looking away and I left a ball up. Other than that, I felt like I was in control."

The Phillies played long ball to take the lead in the fourth as Rollins turned through an inside pitch, driving it over the wall in right for the game's first run. One out later, Chase Utley slapped a single to left, allowing Howard to reach the batter's box in his hometown. He didn't disappoint, driving a fastball to the opposite field and out of the ballpark for a 3-0 lead.

Lee retired 11 straight batters before Lance Berkman's one-out double in the seventh, but he escaped any damage to hold the three-run lead.

"He moved the ball in and out, he didn't stay in one place," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said about Lee.

Victorino tripled and scored on Utley's sacrifice fly in the ninth to cap the scoring.

Game Notes

The Phillies have won three of four overall...Lee walked six batters and suffered the loss against St. Louis back on May 16th...The Phillies southpaw has three shutouts this season and eight for his career..Lohse fell to 2-4 lifetime against the Phillies.