The Phillies' stopper ended a losing streak yet again and Jonathan Papelbon made a big return to Fenway Park, closing out a much-needed 3-1 victory.
After escaping a rocky first inning in which he allowed two hits and a run, Lee retired 23 of the final 25 batters he faced. In typical Cliff Lee fashion, he struck out eight while walking none and basically was on cruise control from the second inning on.
Despite being at just 95 pitches after eight frames, Charlie Manuel gave him the hook in favor of closer Jonathan Papelbon for the ninth.
In his first game as a Phillie at Fenway, the Red Sox' all-time saves leader received some applause but mostly boos as he ran in from the bullpen.
He pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 10th save, getting David Ortiz to ground out to Jimmy Rollins to end it. Papelbon has now turned in 18 straight scoreless appearances.
Michael Young got to Ryan Dempster first and snapped his 0-for-22 slump when he deposited a fastball over the Green Monster in the first inning. Then Dempster settled down, and just two Phillies managed to reach scoring position before the seventh inning.
It was the bottom third of the lineup that then came through. John Mayberry Jr. began the inning with an up-the-middle single. Freddy Galvis sacrificed him to second, and Erik Kratz brought him home to give Lee and the Phillies a 2-1 lead.
Still, the Phillies offense posed barely a threat to Dempster, who entered the game struggling mightily with a 10.66 ERA and .345 opponents' batting average in his last three starts. His final line Tuesday: 7 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 4 K, 3 BB.
Domonic Brown, who was named the National League player of the week Monday, continued his recent surge by hitting a home run to give the Phillies an insurance run in the ninth inning.
The long ball was Brown's team-leading 11th and brought his RBI total up to 30. Batting .308 with four homers and 10 RBIs since May 18, the team's top producer offensively remains in the six-hole.
Wednesday night, the series shifts south to Citizens Bank Park for another two games. Kyle Kendrick opposes John Lackey.