Cliff Lee gave the Texas Rangers a little dose of "Remember me?" with eight scoreless innings Saturday night, and the Phillies' offense exploded for eight hits (including two by the previously comatose Ryan Howard) in a tidy 2-0 victory over the AL champs.
Lee gave up five hits - all singles - against the team he led to the AL pennant last season. He walked two batters after yielding a career-high six walks in his previous start. And he struck out 10 for his fifth double-digit K game this season.
Howard, who entered in an 0-for-23 slump, had a solo homer in the second inning and later singled in the fourth. The Phillies finished with eight hits, ending their run of seven straight games with six hits or fewer (the team's longest streak since 1908).
Elsewhere: Ryan Madson worked around a leadoff single in the ninth for his ninth save in as many chances. ... Dom Brown batted second and went 0-for-4 with two K's. ... And most importantly, happy birthday to Beerleaguer lead singer Jason Weitzel, who is older than Domonic Brown but not as old as Jamie Moyer.
Next up: Roy Oswalt vs. Matt Harrison on Sunday afternoon as the Phils go for the sweep.