ATLANTA (AP) — Cliff Lee took advantage of some rare run support, throwing seven scoreless innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies past the slumping Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Saturday.
Jimmy Rollins hit his 16th homer for the Phillies, who got off to a good September start after a strong August. The wild card-leading Braves are heading in the opposite direction with three straight losses and only four wins in their past 14 games, rekindling memories of their historic collapse last season.
Lee (4-7) came in with a record that was hardly indicative of the way he’s pitched this season. The Phillies had been held to three runs or fewer in 14 of his 23 starts.
The Phillies knocked out Tim Hudson (13-5) and blew the game open with two runs in the sixth.