Phillies' Lee runs winning streak to seven

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee doesn't necessarily want to leave town. But he most definitely wants to win.
He did just that on Tuesday night, beating the Washington Nationals 4-2 for his seventh straight victory.
Lee (9-2), who had a career-best 11-game winning streak with Cleveland in 2008, also won seven straight with the Phils in 2011. He worked eight innings and allowed two runs, on solo homers by Jayson Werth in the fourth and rookie Jeff Kobernus in the eighth, and five hits.
Afterward Lee, who struck out nine and didn't walk a batter, was asked about comments he made last week, when he seemed to hint that he would prefer to play for a contender.
On Tuesday he said that his comments were "misconstrued that (he) wanted to play somewhere else."
Then, he added, "I want to win, and I want to win here."
Manager Charlie Manuel called Lee's outing "outstanding" and added, "He takes the game and absolutely controls it. He runs it at his temp. He sets the speed and everything about the game. I love the way he pitches, especially on nights like tonight."
"He came right after us and threw a lot of first-pitch strikes," Washington manager Davey Johnson said. "That's his M.O. -- he comes right at you."
Michael Young went 3-for-4 with three doubles and the go-ahead RBI for the Phillies, who beat Washington for the second straight night.
The Nationals have lost four of five in all to fall two games under .500.
"I'm an optimist," Johnson said. "We've got a lot of season left."
The Phillies broke a 1-1 tie by scoring three times in the sixth. Ben Revere led off against Ross Detwiler (2-5) with a bunt single, extending his hitting streak to nine games. The right-handed-hitting Young then lined an opposite-field double into the right-field corner on Detwiler's 3-2 delivery. Revere, who was running on the pitch, came all the way around to score.
"It looks like his bat's a little quicker," Manuel said of Young, who has been hot of late. "He might have been trying a little bit too hard. He expects a little too much out of himself. He's starting to relax more."
Young didn't necessarily agree.
"I've felt good the whole year," he said. "These things tend to go in cycles. I try to stay patient, let the game come to me and eventually these things change."
Jimmy Rollins followed Young's hit with a single and Ryan Howard was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Domonic Brown and Delmon Young struck out, but Kevin Frandsen singled home two runs, making it 4-1.
Detwiler surrendered a season-high four runs on seven hits. He struck out four and hit two batters.
Kobernus' homer, which came as a pinch hitter, was the first of his major-league career. Werth, a former Phillie, hit his seventh for Washington, a two-out solo shot off Lee in the fourth.
The Phillies tied it on Howard's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning.
Lee made a bid to put the Phillies ahead when he singled in the fifth with two outs and Delmon Young at second, but Nats center fielder Denard Span gunned Young down at the plate.
NOTES: The start of the game was delayed 70 minutes by rain. ... Earlier in the day, the Phillies activated C Carlos Ruiz from the disabled list and sent C Steven Lerud to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Ruiz, who started Tuesday, had not played since May 19 because of a hamstring pull. ... Washington 1B Adam LaRoche ended a 0-for-16 slump with a fourth-inning single off Lee. ... Howard's fourth-inning RBI was the 957th of his career, moving him into a tie for fifth with Sam Thompson on the Phillies' all-time list. ... It was the second time in Young's career he has had three doubles in one game. He also did so as a Texas Ranger on April 21, 2006, against Tampa Bay. ... Jonathan Papelbon, who on Monday blew his first save of the season, worked a scoreless ninth to run his total to 14 saves.