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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Philadelphia Phillies avoided a sweep by the Minnesota Twins at Target Field Thursday as they finally got some timely hits and beat the Twins 3-2.

Phillies starter Cliff Lee took a one-hitter into the seventh inning, but lost his 1-0 lead on a two-out, two-RBI double by Justin Morneau.

However, the Phillies batters, who pounded out 16 hits in the game, pushed across two runs in the top of the eighth to get the win.

Lee earned the win and halted a season-high five-game Phillies losing streak. Lee's line included seven innings and two earned runs on three hits, one walk and six strike outs.

It looked as though Lee might have to do it on his own as the Phillies scored one early run and then stranded 13 runners on the base paths.

But the Phillies put together three straight hits off reliever Jared Burton in the top of the eighth. They tied the game on Delmon Young's RBI single and took the lead when Ben Revere -- who had four hits on the night -- scored on a fielder's choice throw to home by first baseman Morneau.

The near hitless Twins haven't scored many runs of late, and they wasted a serviceable start by pitcher Kevin Correia, who had gave up eight hits and one walk but struck out six batters.

The Twins had come from behind in the eighth inning in the previous two games of the series, but the Phillies relievers shut them down in the final two stanzas on Thursday, with Jonathan Papelbon earning his 12th save.

The run-starved Phillies opened the scoring in the first inning for the second night in a row. Former Twins center fielder Revere led off with a single, stole second, took third on an error by Correia on Jimmy Rollins' grounder, then scored on Ryan Howard's single.

Revere, who came into the game batting 4-for-8 in his old ballpark, went 4-for-6 on Thursday, including a triple.

The Phillies stranded 10 baserunners in the first five innings, but they forced Correia to throw 112 pitches in that span, knocking him from the game.

NOTES: The Twins failed to finish off their fifth series sweep of the Phillies, though the first four were sweeps of two-game series. ... Through 67 games this season, the Phillies scored three runs or fewer 37 times (55.2 percent), and that includes each of the three games in Minnesota. ... Overall, the Phillies began the day ranked 18th in the majors in slugging percentage (.395) despite Domonic Brown ranking second in the majors with 19 home runs.
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