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Phillies' Cliff Lee beats Dodgers on mound and at plate

Former Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee shuts out the Dodgers for eight innings, and hits a solo homer in the seventh that turns out to be the difference in Philadelphia's 2-1 victory.

August 09, 2011|By Jim Peltz

The Dodgers- Phillies game Tuesday night featured an opening twist in which both teams got their first two runners aboard in the first inning and yet failed to score.

It was a moral victory for both Dodgers left-hander Ted Lilly and Philadelphia lefty Cliff Lee, the former Cy Young Award winner.

But there was nothing unusual about what came next.

Although Lilly pitched well in a duel with Lee, the Dodgers didn't give Lilly any run support. Lee, meanwhile, not only tossed eight scoreless innings but chipped in with a solo home run for what proved to be the decisive run as the Phillies edged the Dodgers, 2-1, at Dodger Stadium.

Making matters worse for the Dodgers, rookie shortstop Dee Gordon reinjured his right shoulder while swinging hard and fouling off a Lee pitch in the eighth inning. Gordon immediately came out of the game.

"He aggravated his shoulder," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said, adding that Gordon "was hurting." Mattingly said Gordon might have an MRI exam, and that his availability wasn't immediately known.

Gordon, 23, initially hurt the shoulder Saturday in Phoenix when he made a diving tag on Kelly Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gordon was held out of the starting lineup Sunday and Monday to let the shoulder heal.

The Dodgers — who wore vintage Brooklyn caps Tuesday as part of a celebration honoring the late Hall of Famer Duke Snider — knew it wasn't going to be easy against the formidable Lee (12-7), who allowed only four singles and struck out 10 in eight innings.

Lilly (7-12) tried hard to match Lee's prowess, giving up two runs and six hits — including Lee's seventh-inning homer to right field, his second of the season — in eight innings, his longest outing of the season.

Lilly said he was all too aware that Lee's home run ended up being the difference in the game.

"That's going to bother me for a while, for sure," Lilly said. "I was aware going into it that he could hit a little bit, too. That was a major mistake that cost us a good chance to win the game."

The Dodgers got their run in the ninth inning against Phillies closer Ryan Madson when Casey Blake singled home Matt Kemp from second base. But Rod Barajas struck out to end the game.

The Phillies got their first run against Lilly in the third inning when Wilson Valdez singled, moved to second base on Lee's sacrifice bunt and scored on Jimmy Rollins' bloop double.

Lilly then hit Shane Victorino with a pitch, sparking a chorus of boos from the crowd as Victorino walked slowly to first base but otherwise made no motion toward the pitcher's mound.

Victorino drew a three-game suspension after he and the Phillies were involved in a brawl with the San Francisco Giants last week — an incident that began when Victorino was hit by a pitch. But the center fielder still is playing while he appeals.

Lilly got out of his first-inning jam when Chase Utley hit into a double play and Ryan Howard grounded out.

Lee then did the same. After Gordon and Jamey Carroll led off with singles, Lee struck out Andre Ethier and Kemp and got Aaron Miles to pop out.

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