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.
Lee had three hits, knocked in a career-high four runs and struck out a season-high 14 to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 12-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Monday.
''I think I just took the lead,'' Lee said.
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 d...