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06/14/2013 12:11 AM EDT
Lee helps Phillies beat Twins, snap 5-game skid
PHILADELPHIA 3, MINNESOTA 2
By BY ADAM CZECH
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- After just missing a diving catch, nothing
was going to stop Ben Revere from scoring the go-ahead run one
Not former teammate Justin Morneau. Not Joe Mauer. Not
third-base coach Ryne Sandberg
Cliff Lee allowed two runs in seven strong innings, Revere had
four hits and scored the decisive run, and the Philadelphia
Phillies rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Thursday
night and snap a five-game losing streak.
The speedy Revere slid home under catcher Mauer's tag with
nobody out in the eighth, scoring from third base on Jimmy
Rollins' chopper. Morneau was playing in at first base, but his
throw was too late to catch Revere - formerly of the Twins.
"I'm just going on contact, no matter what," Revere said.
"Actually, Sandberg was like, `On a swinging bunt, don't go.' I
was like, `I'm going. I don't care, I'm going.' He said all
"Luckily, Jimmy put it in the right spot and I could score."
Lee (8-2) gave up only one hit and faced the minimum number of
batters through 6 1-3 innings before Mauer walked and Ryan
Doumit reached on an infield hit.
Morneau lined a two-run double past a diving Revere to give
Minnesota a 2-1 lead in the seventh.
"Perfect placement. I was ticked, I was so ticked," said Revere,
who reached on a bunt in the eighth. "That eighth inning was
good to get that victory because Lee pitched his tail off."
Pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen opened the eighth with a double
against reliever Jared Burton (0-4) and scored the tying run on
Michael Young's single.
"It snowballed quick there, but I kept making pitches, limited
the damage. That's all I could do at that point," Burton said.
After surrendering a four-run lead in a loss to Milwaukee last
Friday, Lee was locked in and performed well again following a
In eight starts this season after a Phillies defeat, Lee is 7-1
with a 2.54 ERA.
The Phillies needed Lee to be as sharp as he was because even
though they had 16 hits, they stranded 16 runners - including 10
in the first five innings against Kevin Correia.
"That was frustrating losing the lead," said Lee, who might have
pitched longer if not for a blister on his middle finger. "All
game it seemed like we had a ton of hits, but somehow never
scored. We scored when we needed to."
Mike Adams pitched a perfect eighth, and Jonathan Papelbon
worked the ninth for his 12th save.
The Phillies bullpen had given up late leads in the first two
games of this series and entered the game with a 4.56 ERA -
third worst in baseball.
In contrast, the Twins bullpen had a 1.78 ERA in its previous 18
games before Burton allowed the first four runners to reach in
Correia allowed one run and eight hits, and struck out six in
five innings. It wasn't as pretty as Lee's performance, but
nearly as effective.
"I felt like he was out there for three minutes an inning and I
was out there for 30 minutes an inning," Correia said.
Ryan Howard had three singles - all grounders through a Twins'
defense shifted to the right side - and an RBI.
Young tried to score on Howard's third single in the sixth, but
was thrown out by Doumit.
Mauer had the only other Twins hit, a single in the fourth.
At the end of the night, it was Revere who did the most to
change the game's momentum one last time.
"Best game I've seen him play so far," Phillies manager Charlie
Manuel said. "Without a doubt. It's the best he's hit the ball.
It's the best he's run. His speed definitely played a factor in
NOTES: Philadelphia optioned rookie right-hander Tyler Cloyd to
Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room in the rotation for John
Lannan, who is returning from a strained quadriceps tendon in
his left knee. He will start Monday at Washington. The Phillies
also recalled infielder Michael Martinez and left-hander Jake
Diekman. ... New Minnesota Gophers men's basketball coach
Richard Pitino threw out the first pitch. ... Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire on former closer Eddie Guardado, who will be inducted
into the team's hall of fame on Friday: "He was an everyday guy.
He really did take the ball it seemed like every day. Any time
you needed him to take the ball, he did it." ... Scott Diamond
(4-5, 5.19 ERA) will start the series opener for the Twins
against Detroit's Rick Porcello (3-3, 4.86 ERA) on Friday at
Target Field. ... Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.22 ERA) starts Friday
when the Phillies travel to Colorado and open a three-game
series against the Rockies and Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.61 ERA).
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