Phillies 2, Braves 1

Mike Wisniewski, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

PHILADELPHIA -- Cody Asche hit a two-run homer, Cliff Lee tossed eight innings of one-run ball and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves 2-1 on Friday.
Not a single Phillies baserunner had even reached second base until Asche's two-out shot in the seventh inning. Asche, who also had a single in the fifth inning, picked up two of Philadelphia's four hits.
Lee (12-6) allowed just two hits while striking out 10 and walking none over eight innings. He also hit a batter. Lee made only one mistake on the evening, which Andrelton Simmons drove over the left-field wall in the third inning for a home run.
Lee struck out 10 batters or more for the 26th time in his career and for the third time this season.
Jonathan Papelbon closed it out in the ninth to pick up his 25th save. He allowed a two-out single to Freddie Freeman but got Evan Gattis on a fly ball to end it.
Mike Minor (13-6) nearly matched his pitching counterpart, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out nine and retired the side in order three times.
The left-hander didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning, when Jimmy Rollins singled to right. Rollins was thrown out attempting to advance to second. The loss was Minor's first since July 21.
Atlanta's No. 1 through 5 hitters were 1-for-18 with six strikeouts. Other than Simmons' long ball, Chris Johnson and Freeman had the Braves' only base knocks.
Simmons' third-inning homer was his 14th of the season and second in three games. He entered the game 1-for-10 lifetime against Lee.
Despite the win, Philadelphia still sits 14 1/2 games back of the Braves in the NL East.
NOTES: Since the beginning of the 2012 season, the Braves are 20-11 against the Phillies. ...Phillies RHP Ethan Martin (2-4, 6.90 ERA) will move from the starting rotation to the bullpen, pitching coach Rich Dubee announced before the game. RHP Tyler Cloyd (2-3, 3.57), recently recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, will slide into the five-man rotation. ... The Braves recalled RHP David Hale from Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday. Atlanta's third-round pick in 2009 was 6-9 with a 3.22 ERA in 20 games (20 starts) in the minors this season. ... Braves 3B Chris Johnson, hitting .330, entered Friday second in the race for the National League batting title, trailing Colorado's Michael Cuddyer (.331). ... In the second game of a three-game series, Alex Wood (3-3, 3.15 ERA) will take the mound for Atlanta and Philadelphia will counter with Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.51) on Saturday night.

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