7:05 PM ET, September 16, 2013
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cliff Lee strikes out 14 and drives in 4 as Phillies flatten Marlins
PHILADELPHIA -- Every year, Phillies starting pitchers have a hitting competition amongst themselves in which points are awarded for each player's production at the plate.
Cliff Lee, who said he's never won before, may be on his way to his first title after his latest performance.
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Here's how Cliff Lee stacks up in Phillies history, first in striking out at least 14 while allowing no walks and also as a pitcher tallying three hits and four RBIs.
|14 K's, 0 BB||Opponent||Season|
|3 H, 4 RBIs||Opponent||Season|
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"I think I just took the lead," Lee said.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lee also became just the second pitcher in baseball history to strike out 14 and drive in four since Dwight Gooden did it for the Mets on May 11, 1990 with 15 strikeouts.
Lee (14-6) stroked a two-run, bases-loaded single to cap off a six-run third inning and also hit his first career triple in the fifth. Chase Utley, who also drove in four runs, hit a long three-run homer in the third.
"I prefer to hit and then trot the bases," Lee joked. "I try to do everything I can to help the team win and take it all serious."
On the mound, Lee allowed two runs while scattering eight hits and walking none, at one point retiring 11 straight en route to winning his fourth consecutive decision. The left-hander's 14 strikeouts marked his fourth double-digit strikeout game this year.
"Just being ahead in the count, pounding the strike zone, I had a lot of two strike counts," Lee said. "I'm really not trying to strike guys out in that situation to be honest with you. I'm just continuing to try to throw strikes, and that's what happens when you throw strikes."
Lee is 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA in his last six starts and 5-1 with a 2.29 lifetime ERA against Miami. He's also a career .391 hitter against the Marlins.
"He knows how to pitch, moves the ball in and out," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He got some runs early, so he could be more aggressive. ... He can hit (too). He gives you good at-bats."
Philadelphia has won six in a row over Miami.
In his first major league start, Sam Dyson (0-1) allowed seven runs on six hits and three walks while striking out only one. He struggled to find control, with just 34 of 63 pitches going for strikes.
"Up until today he's done a nice job in the bullpen," Redmond said. "He'll bounce back and be ready for his next opportunity."
Utley got the Phillies started with an RBI groundout in the first. His 17th homer in the third gave them a four-run lead.
"He had a little bit of a dry spell as far as home runs, but he's taking good swings," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He crushed that ball. It's all good signs of what he's doing."
Later in the frame, Cody Asche drove in a run with a single to right field. Giancarlo Stanton's throw home was on the mark, but Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis couldn't handle it before being barreled over by Domonic Brown.
After Roger Bernadina drew a walk to load the bases, Lee singled to score two more and chase Dyson from the game. In all, 11 Phillies went to the plate in the inning.
"He couldn't have been more happy about his hitting," Sandberg said of Lee. "He hustles to first base on bunts, he plays the game hard along with a quick tempo in his delivery, getting the pitch and throwing it. He really sets a good tone."
Darin Ruf hit a two-run homer, his 14th of the season, in the sixth. He finished with two hits and three runs scored.
Christian Yelich, Stanton and Mathis each struck out three times.
The loss was Miami's ninth in 11 games.
In their last 29 games against the Marlins, the Phillies are 22-7. ... Lee passed the 200-innings threshold for the sixth straight season, the fourth-longest active streak in the majors. He also reached 200 strikeouts for the third consecutive year. ... Dyson became the 12th different starting pitcher used by the Marlins this season, tied for most in the National League with the Mets and Pirates. ... The Phillies on Monday announced Carlos Arroyo as the team's new Minor League Pitching Coordinator. ... Tuesday, Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.28) starts for the Phillies, while Brian Flynn (0-1, 10.13) goes for the Marlins.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
PHILADELPHIA, PA -SEPTEMBER 16: Pitcher Cliff Lee #33 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers a pitch against the...(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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|1st||C Utley grounded out to second, C Hernandez scored, J Rollins to third.||0||1|
|3rd||C Utley homered to right (400 feet), C Hernandez and J Rollins scored.||0||4|
|3rd||C Asche singled to right, D Brown scored, D Ruf to third, C Asche to second advancing on throw.||0||5|
|3rd||C Lee singled to right, D Ruf and C Asche scored, R Bernadina to third.||0||7|
|5th||A Hechavarria singled to center, J Ruggiano scored.||1||7|
|5th||C Lee tripled to deep right center, D Ruf scored.||1||8|
|5th||C Hernandez singled to left center, C Lee scored.||1||9|
|6th||J Ruggiano doubled to left center, E Lucas scored.||2||9|
|6th||D Ruf homered to left (375 feet), D Brown scored.||2||11|
|7th||C Lee singled to shallow center, R Bernadina scored.||2||12|
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|Stadium||Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA|
|Attendance||31,266 (71.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||71 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Paul Nauert, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Dana DeMuth|
To go along with his three-hit, four-RBI performance, Cliff Lee struck out 14 Miami batters. In the Live Ball era, no pitcher had ever struck out more than eight hitters in a game when he had such a hitting performance (Whitey Ford in 1955, Wes Ferrell in 1936).
Cliff Lee had himself quite a game on Monday, striking out 14 with 0 BB ... AND he had 3 hits and 4 RBI.[+]
From Elias: Cliff Lee had 14 K's and drove in 4 runs at the plate. He's only the 2nd player in MLB history to strike out 14 batters AND drive in 4 runs at the plate in the same game... Dwight Gooden did it on May 11, 1990 for the Mets against the Dodgers (15 K, 4 RBI).
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