Nearly unhittable in his first six starts, Cliff Lee was battered for six runs on 10 hits, serving up an uncharacteristic three homers, as the Braves reminded the first-place Phils they don't intend to go quietly into the night in a 9-1 rout.
Human after all, the mortal Lee was living out over the plate and a dangerous Braves lineup made him pay. They also did a nice job dictating the pace; Lee's first six starts have been rapid-fire. Perhaps the Braves saw that and were instructed to step out and slow it down. This unfolded much slower. ... The game would have taken on a different feel if the Phillies could have capitalized on early chances against Derek Lowe. Lately, if they aren't hitting homers, they aren't scoring, and the sinkerballer is the toughest type of nut for the homer-reliant Phillies to crack. Down 9-1, with their only run coming on a Chase Utley golf-shot homer, the Phils took their last gasp with the bases loaded and nobody out in the 7th, but Mike Gonzalez left them breathless, striking out Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and getting Raul Ibanez to fly out. The game was delayed by rain shortly after and I doubt many people bothered the watch the rest. I didn't.