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The Philadelphia Phillies have climbed above .500 for the first time this season.
Their rise could continue with Cliff Lee getting the ball next.
Lee goes for his first four-start winning streak in two seasons Friday night in his second matchup with the lowly Milwaukee Brewers in less than a week.
After failing twice in April, the Phillies (31-30) finally moved over the break-even point on Thursday, extending their season-high winning streak to five with a 5-1 victory over Milwaukee (22-37).
Philadelphia has 32 runs in that span.
"We're happy that some hard work is starting to pay off," said Michael Young, who went 3 for 4 in the opener of the Phillies' 10-game trip. "We're starting to see it in the standings."
The Phillies, 6 12 back of NL East-leading Atlanta, go for a fourth straight win in Milwaukee with Lee (7-2, 2.45 ERA) getting another look at the Brewers. He struck out a season-best 11 in 7 2-3 innings of Sunday's 7-5 victory over Milwaukee.
The former AL Cy Young winner allowed three runs before his outing was cut short due to cramping throughout his body.
"I was a little dehydrated or something," the left-hander, 5-0 with a 1.54 ERA in his last six outings, said after preventing the Brewers from their first series sweep in Philadelphia. "I wanted to stay in the game and keep pitching but at the same time, I want to be smart."
Lee last won four consecutive starts during a seven-start stretch from Aug. 4-Sept. 5, 2011. That run ended five days later when he failed to record a decision in a 3-2, 10-inning victory at Milwaukee.
Lee is 0-1 with a 4.79 ERA in three starts at Miller Park, but those numbers could improve given the Brewers' 4-15 slide at home.
Milwaukee, a season-worst 15 games below .500, will try to even this series with Alfredo Figaro (0-0, 3.67) making his second start and 18th appearance of the season. The right-hander is replacing Marco Estrada (strained left hamstring) in the rotation.
"When (Figaro has) come in, he's done a pretty good job for us, and he's stretched out to a point," manager Ron Roenicke told the Brewers' official website. "Nobody in Triple-A is lighting it up to where we're saying, 'Let's bring him up.'"
Figaro, though, might not be in the rotation long with Chris Narveson (sprained finger) likely to return soon.
Figaro will face the Phillies for the second time, the first coming Sunday when he struck out two in 3 1-3 innings of shutout relief.
Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun, who finished 1 for 2 with two walks in the series opener after missing Wednesday's 6-1 loss to Oakland with a nagging thumb injury, is a career .379 hitter against the Phillies. It's his best average against any NL team.
Braun's .474 batting average (9 for 19) against Lee is the highest among any batter who's face the left-hander at least 19 times. Three of those nine hits have left the park.
Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown, the NL leader with 18 homers, went 2 for 3 on Thursday and is 9 for 19 with three home runs and eight RBIs during the club's longest undefeated stretch since a seven-game surge Sept. 5-12.
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There are two things that are certain when it comes to Cliff Lee this year—he is having a monster season so far, and he is not getting any younger.
But he might just be getting better.
I dug up some research on Lee, and tried to put what he has done both this season, and since re-joining the Phillies in 2011, into perspective. I found that age has made no difference in his output...
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A young Milwaukee Brewers fan put on a nice demonstration of hospitality by sharing one of his Twizzlers with Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee during Friday night's game at Miller Park.
Lee was warming up in the on-deck circle for one of his at-bats when the young Brewers fan in the second row offered him a Twizzler, which Lee...
Your browser does not support iframes.It's been said that sharing is caring. But what about if that sharing comes with the enemy?Well, one young Milwaukee Brewers fan was feeling generous Friday night when Phillies pitcher stepped into the on-deck circle. The fan was munching on some licorice when he decided to offer up a piece to Lee, as well.As you can see, Lee happily accepts...
BOSTON — Who needs Cliff Lee when you can add an 18-year-old version of the lefty?
OK, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. But Trey Ball, who the Red Sox drafted seventh overall on Thursday, said after being picked that he models his game after the talented Phillies hurler.
“I look up to Cliff Lee — the way he’s always constantly in the zone with all of his pitches and that’s...
While in the on-deck circle, Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee turned around, reached out, and accepted some Twizzlers from a Brewers fan in the stands. Good times.
You could blame the Phillies pitching, stinky offense or the sloppy defense for last night’s 4-5 loss to the Brewers. Or you can join me in blaming the Twizzlers. I do believe that red devil candy somehow sucked the mojo right out of Cliff Lee. The fact that the evil licorice was handed to Lee by a young Brewers fan reinforces my theory:
Then again, a few other factors may...
The Philadelphia Phillies look to continue their winning ways behind Cliff Lee tonight at Miller Park.
Video: Way to share young guy..
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Cliff Lee was waiting for a plate appearance last night in Milwaukee when...
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Lee grounded out...
Out! Damned Twizzler!!!
Philadelphia Phillies (31-30) vs Milwaukee Brewers (22-37)
Cliff Lee (7-2, 2.45) vs Alfredo Figaro (0-0, 3.67)
TIME: 8:10, Miller Park
Weather: 60′s, Mostly Cloudy
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