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PHILADELPHIA -- Cliff Lee struck out a season-high 14 and had career highs of three hits and four RBIs, and the Philadelphia Phillies battered the Miami Marlins 12-2 Monday night.

Facing the major leagues' lowest-scoring team, Lee (14-6) worked eight innings and allowed two runs on eight hits. He did not walk a batter en route to winning his fourth consecutive decision.

It was his fourth double-digit strikeout game of the season and the 27th of his career. He surpassed 200 strikeouts for the third straight season.

Lee also went 3-for-4 with a two-run single, an RBI triple and a run-scoring single. The triple was the first of his major league career.

Chase Utley hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs for Philadelphia, and Darin Ruf added a two-run homer. Utley, Ruf, Jimmy Rollins and Cesar Hernandez contributed two hits apiece, and the Phillies had 14 in all.

Miami's Sam Dyson (0-1), making his first major league start, lasted just 2 2/3 innings and allowed seven runs on six hits. He struck out one and walked four.

The Phillies scored once in the first on Utley's groundout, then broke the game open by scoring six times in the third. Utley's three-run homer and Lee's two-run single highlighted the inning.

Lee retired 11 hitters in a row between the first and fourth, but Miami's Justin Ruggiano led off the fifth with a double and scored one out later on a single by Adeiny Hechavarria.

Lee's triple came in the fifth and drove in Ruf, who led off the inning with a single. Lee then scored on a single by Hernandez, making it 9-1.

NOTES: Dyson was the 12th starting pitcher used by the Marlins this season, tops in the National League. Only the Orioles (14) and Blue Jays (13) have used more among major league teams. ... Dyson's start also represented the 52nd started by a Marlins rookie this season. According to STATS LLC, only the Milwaukee Brewers have had more games started by first-year players (57). ... Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said before the game there "hasn't been any indication or any word" from the organization as to whether he will be retained as manager beyond this season. "I'm just focused on what I have here," he said. ... C Jeff Mathis, out since Sept. 9 with a right thumb contusion, returned to the Marlins' lineup. ... Miami plans to start RHP Nathan Eovaldi on Wednesday against the Phillies. He was scratched from his last start due to back tightness.
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