Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 4/14/13
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After a slow start, the Philadelphia Phillies appear to hitting their stride as they open a three-game road series against the slumping Cincinnati Reds. The Phillies will try for their fifth win in six games on Monday night when Cliff Lee takes the mound hoping to hand the Reds a sixth straight loss. Roy Halladay tossed eight strong innings to earn his 200th career victory and Laynce Nix broke a tie with his second pinch-hit homer in a 2-1 win at Miami on Sunday. The Phillies' pitching staff has a 1.79 ERA over 45 1-3 innings during the team's 4-1 stretch. Philadelphia (6-6) now turns to Lee as it tries to win for the eighth time in nine trips to Great American Ball Park dating back to Game 3 of the 2010 NL division series. It's outscored Cincinnati 34-12 in the last eight there. Lee (2-0, 1.08 ERA) has gotten off to a strong start, striking out 14 without a walk over 16 2-3 innings in his first two outings. He allowed two earned runs and came within one out of a complete game ...
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