If only Cliff Lee pitched every game. The lefty was masterful again on Tuesday night against the Mets, coming within an out of his first complete game since September 2011. The Phillies' bats provided plenty of early offense, scoring eight runs through four innings in an 8-3 win.
Lee gave up three runs (two earned) through 8.2 innings and only exited after allowing two baserunners in the ninth. Mike Adams came in, threw three strikes and shut the door. Lee improves to 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA. All other Phillies pitchers have an 8.47 ERA.
Lee even helped himself out at the plate, singling in a run in the second inning after John Mayberry doubled home the first two.
The higlight of the night was the third, when Ryan Howard and Michael Young went back-to-back, then Mayberry launched a third homer down the line in left. It was the first time since July 23, 2011 that the Phils homered three times in an inning.
Every starter except Chase Utley -- who walked twice and stole two bases -- had at least one hit.
The offense really clicked against Mets right-hander Dillon Gee, who has now allowed 25 earned runs in 21 innings at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phils came into Tuesday's game with just five two-out RBIs on the season, but had three in the win. They were 3-for-6 with two outs in runners in scoring position, after going 3-for-23 in those situations in the first seven games.