MIAMI -- Since the beginning of the 2012 season, Cliff Lee has received the third-lowest run support average of any MLB starter, receiving an average of 3.34 runs per start.
He needed minimal support Wednesday at Marlins Park -- just one run would've done it for him.
Lee pitched a complete-game shutout against the Marlins, allowing just six batters to reach base -- three on hits, two on walks and one hit batter -- to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-0 win in the rubber match of a three-game set against division-rival Miami.
Lee (5-2) struck out five and faced the minimum in six of his nine innings.
For the Marlins, the worst hitting team in baseball with a collective batting average of .224, they got shut out for the ninth time this season and finished their nine-game homestand 2-7.
Marlins starter Kevin Slowey left Wednesday's game with a left lat strain during warmup tosses before the top of the sixth inning.
Manager Mike Redmond came out to the mound to talk to Slowey, called the home plate umpire over and took out his lineup card to make a double switch as he called for Wade LeBlanc to come out of the bullpen.
In a 1-0 game, the Phillies scored twice on LeBlanc after he replaced Slowey. After two quick outs, Philadelphia rallied to tack on two runs with a Delmon Young single, a Dominic Brown triple that scored Young and a Freddy Galvis RBI single that brought Brown home.
Slowey made one mistake pitch in his five innings, and that was leaving a 0-2 sinker with two outs in the fourth over the heart of the plate to former Twins teammate Delmon Young, which Young hit over the left-center-field wall for a solo home run.
Although it was the only run given up by Slowey (1-5), who also struck out six and gave up six hits before exiting, it was ultimately the decisive one and he was hit with the loss.
Lee not only tortured the Marlins with his commanding stuff on the mound, he also tallied two base hits. Joining Lee with multi-hit games on Philadelphia were Young, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins.
Although the Phillies totaled 12 hits as a team, they could only muster three runs as they left nine men on base.
One of Howard's hits was probably the shortest traveling double he'll ever hit. With the Marlins playing an extreme pull shift in his at-bat in the seventh inning Howard tried to check his swing, made contact with a pitch and hit it slowly up the third-base line. The ball trickled off the bag toward foul territory, and the entire process gave the not-so-fleet-afoot Howard enough time to reach second.
Young took Slowey, his former teammate in Minnesota, deep to left-center field for a solo homer in the top of the fourth to put the Phillies on the board first. With two outs and ahead in the count 0-2, Slowey threw a sinker over the heart of the plate and Young pounced on it, hitting it just to the left of Marlins Park's home run sculpture.
NOTES: 2B Chase Utley will undergo an MRI in Philadelphia on the Phillies' off day Thursday to examine his right rib cage, where he says he's been feeling pain and a burning sensation during batting practice. After taking Tuesday off, Utley was once again scratched from the lineup Wednesday. ... Marlins 1B Logan Morrison (knee) will play four more rehab games with Class A Jupiter -- three at first and one as a DH -- according to manager Mike Redmond. After those outings, he's scheduled to get bumped up to Double-A Jacksonville on Monday. The Marlins are hopeful he could rejoin the major league club by the end of next week. ... Phillies RHP Mike Adams (back) tossed a bullpen session. Adams will travel to Class A Clearwater (Fla.) to throw a live batting practice session Friday and appear in a game Monday. ... Marlins RF Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) took batting practice for the first time since going on the disabled list. There is still no timetable as to when Stanton could begin a rehab assignment.