Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/31/12
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WASHINGTON -- Cliff Lee and the Phillies certainly didn't play Tuesday night like a team that's given up.

Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run, inside-the-park homer, and Kevin Frandsen added a two-run shot to give Cliff Lee the offensive support he hasn't often received as the Phillies defeated Washington 8-0.

"No one's giving up." Lee said. "No one's folded yet. So, it's game on."

Lee (2-6) threw seven shutout innings and scattered five hits with seven strikeouts and a walk. The left-hander retired the final 10 batters he faced as Phillie pitchers set down the last 16 Washington hitters after a Roger Bernadina infield single in the fourth.

This has been a frustrating year for Lee, who's pitched well throughout but has received little or no offensive support. His ERA is now 3.73, and he's gone at least six innings in all but one start.

But the Phillies had given him the second-lowest run support in baseball heading into the game, scoring just 41 runs when Lee's been pitching.

"Obviously, nobody is happy with the way this year has gone, but this is where I want to be," Lee said. "I signed to win here."

On this night, though, he was able to win because everything finally went right. And Lee helped on offense with a hit and a stolen base plus an RBI as the Phillies (46-57) took charge early against Washington (61-41).

Philadelphia knocked around Washington starter Stephen Strasburg (11-5) for six runs in his four innings. They went in front in the second and never trailed.

"We did come out with some life," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

The Phillies took a 2-0 lead when recently called-up infielder Frandsen hit a two-run homer off Strasburg in the top of the second.

Juan Pierre helped manufacture another run in the third for a 3-0 lead. Pierre reached on a one-out single before stealing second and third. He scored when catcher Jesus Flores made a wild throw on the steal of third.

Lee helped his own cause with a two-out RBI single in the fourth to make it 4-0. The pitcher then stole second base -- on his own, according to Manuel -- and scored when Rollins followed with a two-run, inside-the-park homer.

Rollins hit a shot that right fielder Bryce Harper tried to catch at the fence. But Harper collided with the fence and fell, staying on the ground for a few moments.

Meanwhile, Rollins raced around the bases and scored easily to give the Phillies a 6-0 lead. Carlos Ruiz added an RBI groundout in the ninth followed by Laynce Nix's run-scoring single.

Strasburg was frustrated with his four-inning stint. He gave up six runs on eight hits, and the Phillies stole three bases, including Lee's swipe of second.

"I had a tough time trying to get back in a groove tonight," Strasburg said. "I feel like I'd [get] through a couple guys and feel like I'm getting in a groove. All of a sudden, I go back to leaving pitches up and getting beat on."

Strasburg was getting frustrated, and manager Davey Johnson pulled him after the fourth, saying it was just another learning experience.

"You can't be totally dominant every time you go out there, and he expects it of himself," Johnson said. "It's just experience. With all the expectations and all the hype that's brought out, he has that bar way up there, too."

But this night belonged to Lee. The left-hander struggled early. He gave up five hits in the first four innings, escaping a bases-loaded jam with two outs in that fourth. He didn't allow another base-runner after that.

NOTES: Back problems forced Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche out of the Washington lineup in Tuesday's game. Zimmerman apparently hurt it sliding across the plate in Sunday's win over the Brewers. LaRoche has been bothered by back issues (sore lower back/spasms) for the last several days. Johnson said he's hoping Zimmerman's injury is a day-to-day issue and said LaRoche is doing better. Johnson said after the game that both should be in Wednesday's line-up...The Nationals didn't make any trades at the 4 p.m deadline before this game, but they did reinstate Chad Tracy from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Corey Brown back to Triple-A Syracuse. Tracy's missed the last 55 games due to a right adductor strain and is one of the team's best pinch-hitters...The Phillies traded away Shane Victorino (Dodgers) and Hunter Pence (Giants) and called up outfielder Domonic Brown from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. They also activated catcher Brian Schneider from the disabled list to fill those two open spots ... Rollins now has four career inside-the-park homers. The last came on April 7, 2007, at Florida off of Dontrelle Willis.

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