This time, it didn't take until July 4 for Cliff Lee to get his first win. The Phillies picked up their first victory of 2013 as the left-hander dominated over eight shutout innings, striking out eight and walking none.
The Phillies avoided what would have been their first season-opening sweep since 2007.
Dan Uggla and Justin Upton were the only Atlanta hitters to get to Lee, in the second and fourth innings, respectively.
Following Uggla's two-out base knock in the second, Lee induced a grounder from Chris Johnson to retire the side. In the fourth, Jimmy Rollins turned a bang-bang double play following Upton's single to end the frame. Other than those instances, no other Braves reached base.
Lee is now 4-1 with a 0.78 ERA, 45 strikeouts and three walks in his last six starts against the Braves.
Kris Medlen was handed his first loss as a starter since May 26, 2009.
The Phillies didn't hit him hard, but got to him just enough in the second when they loaded the bases on a Laynce Nix single, an Erik Kratz double and a Lee walk. Revere followed with a fielder's choice RBI and Utley batted in his sixth run of the season on a sacrifice fly to right.
Rollins was the only Phil with multiple hits — he singled in the first and doubled in the fourth. He also stole his second base on a heady play, racing to third as Gerald Laird casually lobbed the ball back to the mound after a pitch.
Utley was 1-for-2 with a walk and a sac fly. On the young season, he's 5-for-11 with a 1.000 slugging percentage.
Up next, the Phillies return to CBP for a late afternoon matinee at 4:05 p.m. Friday against the Royals in their home opener. Kyle Kendrick opposes Wade Davis.