Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Lee tosses third straight CG SO

Cliff Lee continued his dominant June once again, tossing his third consecutive complete game shutout against the vaunted Boston offense as the Phillies took game one 5-0.

Lee kept Boston off balance all night, allowing just two hits, two walks and five strikeouts. Lee improved to 5-0 in five June starts, with a 0.21 ERA . That's one run allowed in 42 innings. His scoreless streak increased to 32 innings, which is the fifth longest in franchise history. The record of 41 2/3 is held by Grover Cleveland Alexander. If Lee were to toss a fourth consecutive complete game shutout in his next outing, he'd still be just shy of the record, needing one more inning to surpass Alexander.

Lee had a no hitter through five innings, before Marco Scutaro led-off the sixth with a single. Darnell McDonald picked up Boston's only other hit.

Josh Beckett was making his first start since June 15, when he threw a one-hit complete game shutout. His following start was scratched because he was battling the flu. Beckett was not quite as sharp this time around as the Phils got to him early.

Domonic Brown hit a two-run shot into the Phillies' bullpen in the second inning, his fifth of the season. Lee helped his own cause by tacking on his fifth RBI of the season on a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Shane Victorino sealed the deal in the sixth with a two-run shot of his own, his ninth of the year.

Beckett dropped to 6-3 while Lee improved to 9-5.

Many expect David Ortiz to make his first start of the year during Interleague Play at first base, with Adrian Gonzalez attempting the outfield for the first time in his career. Vance Worley could have his hands full.

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