It hasn't always been pretty, but the Phillies are quietly riding their best 10-game stretch of the season.
After beating the Marlins on Wednesday night, 3-0, the Phillies are now 7-3 over their last 10 games heading into their first meeting with the Nationals of 2013.
Cliff Lee was brilliant in clinching his club a series victory in Miami after the trip started on such a sour note. Lee threw his first complete game of the season by shutting out the Marlins (13-34). The lefty gave up just three hits, two of which were infield singles, while striking out five. He threw 115 pitches, 85 for strikes, to earn his 12th career shutout and lower his 2013 ERA to 2.48.
Out of Lee's 10 starts thus far, eight have been quality starts.
The offense could have gone for more than three runs, but the bats did produce 12 hits a night after they banged out 15.
Delmon Young hit a solo home run to nearly the same exact spot he homered in Tuesday night's win. Twenty-one of the Phillies' last 22 long balls have now been of the solo variety.
Domonic Brown tripled home his 24th RBI of the season. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard (25 each) are the only Phillies with more runs batted in.
Jimmy Rollins, Delmon Young, Howard and Lee all collected two hits apiece. Dating back to May 8, Rollins is 18 for his last 54 (.333).
The Phillies (23-24) are 5 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves (28-18), who have won six straight. The Nationals (24-23), on the other hand, have lost eight of their last 12 games and sit one game above the Phillies.
Here are the probable piching matchups for the Phillies' three-game set in Washington, D.C. this weekend:
Friday — Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 2.82) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (7-2, 1.62)
Saturday — Jonathan Pettibone (3-0, 3.00) vs. Dan Haren (4-5, 5.54)
Sunday — Cole Hamels (1-7, 4.45) vs. Stephen Strasburg (2-5, 2.66)