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Lee leads Phillies past Dodgers

Jun 7, 2011 - 3:31 AM Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Cliff Lee struck out 10 in seven shutout innings, pacing the Phillies to a 3-1 victory over the Dodgers in the opener of their 11-game homestand.

Lee (5-5), who gave up seven hits and walked one, rebounded nicely from his last start. He allowed six runs in only 5 1/3 innings in a loss to Washington last Tuesday.

But he was very effective Monday, recording his sixth double-digit strikeout game of the season and 15th of his career.

"I'm not trying to strike guys out," Lee said. "I'm trying to get outs as quickly as possible."

Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard hit RBI singles in the third inning for the Phillies, who were coming off a series loss in Pittsburgh to end a 4-5 road trip. Carlos Ruiz went 2-for-4 with an RBI double.

The Dodgers' Ted Lilly (4-5) was solid in six innings -- the eighth consecutive start in which he's thrown at least that many. He allowed just two runs, but that was enough for him to take the loss in the opener of this three-game series.

Philadelphia didn't have many scoring chances against Lilly, with just five hits and a walk.

But the Phillies broke through in the third inning, which Wilson Valdez began with a one-arm double into left field. He moved to third on a sacrifice bunt before Shane Victorino walked, and Polanco chopped a single up the middle to make it a 1-0 game.

After Chase Utley lined out, Howard singled through the right side to plate Victorino.

Lee held the Dodgers off the scoreboard after escaping a jam in the first inning, when Jamey Carroll and Aaron Miles led off with singles. But he got Marcus Thames to ground into a double play before striking out Matt Kemp.

Lee also struck out Thames to strand two in the fifth, and kept it 2-0 game through the rest of his start.

"We weren't able to get that hit to break through," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.

Antonio Bastardo threw a scoreless eighth for the Phillies before Ruiz drove in their third run in the home half.

The Dodgers put their first two batters on in the ninth against Ryan Madson, and pinch-hitter Andre Ethier plated a run with a fielder's choice grounder to short.

Madson, though, struck out the next two batters to secure his 13th save.

Game Notes

Lilly hasn't walked more than two batters in 25 starts since joining the Dodgers last July...The Phillies activated reserve infielder Ross Gload from the paternity list Monday...Carroll led the Dodgers with three hits...LA was 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base.