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Lee's shutout caps Phillies' sweep of Marlins

Jun 16, 2011 - 8:59 PM Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Who says pitchers can't hit? Cliff Lee certainly doesn't subscribe to that philosophy. The southpaw went the distance, tossed a shutout and collected an RBI double to lead the Philadelphia Phillies past the Florida Marlins, 3-0, at Citizens Bank Park to sweep the four-game set.

In his nine innings of work, Lee (7-5) gave up only two hits and fanned four while walking two. He went 2-for-3 at the plate.

"Anytime you can go nine innings and they don't score, you've got to be happy with that," Lee said. "It feels good to give the team a chance to win and contribute."

Ryan Howard hit a solo home run, Jimmy Rollins had an RBI double and Shane Victorino chipped in with a pair of hits for the Phillies, who saw their winning streak extended to a season-high seven games.

Javier Vazquez (3-7) pitched five innings in defeat, giving up two runs on eight hits for Florida, which has now lost seven consecutive games and 15 of 16.

Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison collected the only hits for the Marlins.

The game remained scoreless until the Phillies broke through in the fourth inning. After a two-out single by Michael Martinez, Lee helped his own cause by ripping a hanging breaking ball from Vazquez off the top of the right-field wall -- inches away from a home run -- to give the Phillies the lead.

Philadelphia expanded its advantage in the fifth on Howard's opposite field blast, his 15th home run of the year.

The Phillies added another run in the sixth. Domonic Brown led off with a single to center and Rollins doubled to right with two outs off Mike Dunn to make it a three-run margin.

Florida was unable to generate any offense against Lee, and has been shut out five times this season.

"That was a tough series. We battled, the guys are playing hard," Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "We ran into very good pitching. We just have to regroup and start again tomorrow."

Game Notes

The Phillies closed out a season-long 11-game homestand Thursday, going 9-2...Philadelphia is 10-5 during the month of June...Lee has allowed only three runs in four career starts against Florida, and is 3-0 in three day starts this season...The Marlins are 17-15 on the road and 6-13 in day games in 2011...Philadelphia is 17-5 in day games...Lee picked up his fourth career double and fifth career RBI in the fourth inning...This was Lee's 22nd career complete game and seventh career shutout...Following Thursday's game, the Phillies recalled pitcher Vance Worley from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and designated pitcher J.C. Romero for assignment. Worley will start in Seattle on Saturday.