Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/26/12
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Although he said he wasn't aware of it, Sunday was Cliff Lee's last chance to get a win at Citizens Bank Park before coming up on an anniversary he'd rather not hear about. He hadn't won at home since Sept. 5, 2011, a span of 13 straight starts.

But on Sunday Lee collected his first win in South Philly in 356 days. He pitched seven sharp innings, holding Washington to one run on seven hits while striking out five and walking none in the Philadelphia Phillies' 4-1 victory.

"It feels like it has been a while," Lee said of being winless in 13 straight home starts. "I didn't know this was my first win at home this year. I don't pay attention or keep up with that kind of stuff to be honest with you. Hopefully I can win a couple more before it's over."

The win helped the Phils complete a three-game sweep of the Nationals, who entered the weekend with the best record in baseball.

The Phillies, who have won four straight, are 16-10 since dealing away Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino prior to the July 31 trade deadline.

"I know we've had a horrible first half and have carried that into the second half for a little while," Lee said. "All we can do is control what we can control and try to win one day at a time and just kind of see where that takes us."

Lee has had a similar approach in what's been a hard-luck season. Despite lowering his ERA to 3.67 in 23 starts this season, Lee has three wins. His win on Sunday was his first since July 31, also against the Nationals.

In between wins, Lee has been bitten by the home run ball (he allowed seven home runs in his first three starts in August), or an off-kilter performance from the bullpen or a lack of run support. Prior to Sunday, the Phils had scored a grand total of two runs while Lee was on the mound in his last two starts at Citizens Bank Park.

But he finally met lady luck on Sunday.

In the seventh inning, when the Phils had a 4-0 lead, Adam LaRoche ripped a ball that appeared to be a two-run home run off the bat. But the ball caromed off the top rail over the right-field fence and back onto the field instead.

"It was definitely a break that went my way," Lee said. "I felt good about that."

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