Cliff Lee was his typical dominant self and the offensive support came fast and furious as the Phillies rebounded from a disappointing weekend in Washington by thumping the hapless Mets 10-0.
The pitching: Lee (14-7) allowed three hits – all singles – in seven scoreless innings. He did walk three batters in a game for the first time in nearly three months, but ultimately he threw 72 of 105 pitches for strikes in winning his fifth straight start. So far this month, Lee is 4-0 with a 0.58 ERA. He also struck out seven batters to give him 191 on the season, a new career high with five weeks to go. David Herndon pitched the final two innings to complete the team's 17th shutout of the season.
The offense: The Phillies scored multiple runs in four of the first six innings, most of the damage coming against rookie right-hander Dillon Gee. John Mayberry Jr. hit a two-run homer in the third, while Hunter Pence added a two-run shot in the sixth. Shane Victorino had a two-run triple in the second inning, and Carlos Ruiz also plated a pair of runs with a fourth-inning single. Pence finished with two hits and two walks and came around to score all four times.
The defense: Ryan Howard made perhaps his best defensive play of the year with a twisting over-the-shoulder catch in foul ground to end the fourth. Placido Polanco made a nice play behind the third base bag in the fifth, showing no ill-effects of the sports hernia injury. Wilson Valdez, starting at short in place of Jimmy Rollins, was lazy with his footwork on a first-inning grounder, earning his eighth error of the season. From a Mets standpoint, shortstop Ruben Tejada’s full-sprint catch-and-crash into the tarp was one of the best defensive plays against the Phillies all year.
Next up: The series continues Tuesday night with Vance Worley (8-1, 2.76) squaring off against Jonathon Niese (11-10, 4.05). The Mets handed Worley his only loss of the season on May 29, when the Vanimal was pounded for eight runs and 12 hits in three innings at Citi Field.