WASHINGTON-Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run, inside-the-park homer, and Kevin Frandsen added a two-run shot to give Cliff Lee the offensive support he hasn't often received as the Phillies defeated Washington 8-0 on Tuesday night.
Lee (2-6) scattered five hits in seven shutout innings. He struck out seven and walked just one after entering the game with the second-lowest run-support average in the majors this season. The Phillies had scored only 41 runs while Lee's been in the game this year, a big reason he was just 1-6 despite often pitching well.
Lee lasted at least six innings in 16 of his first 17 starts, and his only other win came on July 4 versus the Mets.
On this night, though, everything finally went right. And Lee helped on offense also with a hit and a stolen base plus an RBI as the Phillies (46-57) took charge early against Washington (61-41).
Philadelphia knocked around Washington starter Stephen Strasburg (11-5) for six runs in his four innings. They went in front in the second and never trailed.
The Phillies took a 2-0 lead when recently called-up infielder Frandsen hit a two-run homer off Strasburg in the top of the second.
Juan Pierre helped manufacture another run in the third for a 3-0 lead. Pierre reached on a one-out single before stealing second and third. He scored when catcher Jesus Flores made a wild throw on the steal of third.
Lee helped his own cause with a two-out RBI single in the fourth to make it 4-0. The pitcher then stole second base and scored when Rollins followed with a two-run inside-the-park homer.
Rollins hit a shot that right fielder Bryce Harper tried to catch at the fence. But Harper collided with the fence and fell, staying on the ground for a few moments.
Meanwhile, Rollins raced around the bases and scored easily to give the Phillies a 6-0 lead. Carlos Ruiz added an RBI groundout in the ninth followed by Laynce Nix's run-scoring single.
Lee gave up five hits in the first four innings, escaping a bases-loaded jam with two outs in that fourth. He then retired the final 10 batters he faced.
NOTES: Back problems forced Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche out of the Washington lineup in Tuesday's game. Zimmerman apparently hurt it sliding across the plate in Sunday's win over the Brewers. LaRoche has been bothered by back issues (sore lower back/spasms) for the last several days. Manager Davey Johnson said he's hoping Zimmerman's injury is a day-to-day issue and said that LaRoche is doing better...The Nationals didn't make any trades at the 4 p.m deadline before this game, but they did reinstate Chad Tracy from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Corey Brown back to Triple-A Syracuse. Tracy's missed the last 55 games due to a right adductor strain and is one of the team's best pinch-hitters...The Phillies traded away Shane Victorino (Dodgers) and Hunter Pence (Giants) and called up outfielder Domonic Brown from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. They also activated catcher Brian Schneider from the disabled list to fill those two open spots ... Rollins now has four career inside-the-park homers. The last came on April 7, 2007, at Florida off of Dontrelle Willis.