For the first time this season, Cliff Lee has a chance to win three straight starts.
The left-hander looks to accomplish that feat Friday night when the Philadelphia Phillies open a home series against the Colorado Rockies.
Though Lee (4-7, 3.52 ERA) is mired in one of his most disappointing seasons in an otherwise successful 11-year career, he has allowed one run in 14 innings while winning two consecutive starts for the first time since a seven-game run July 30-Sept 5, 2011. He gave up five hits over seven scoreless innings of a 5-1 win at Atlanta on Saturday.
"It looks like he enjoyed pitching,'' manager Charlie Manuel said about Lee, who left that game for precautionary reasons after his left hamstring cramped. "He started feeling comfortable and feeling like he could pitch the way he wanted to.''
Lee has been pleased with the way he's thrown of late during an extremely frustrating season for him and the Phillies (66-71).
"What's done is done,'' Lee said. "We've been playin...