Thanks to seven shutout innings from Lee, the Phillies rolled to a 3-1 victory in Arizona to snap a three-game losing streak. At the same time, the Phillies were able to avoid falling to a season-worst six games under .500. At 17-21, the Phillies are five games behind the first-place Braves.
Saturday night, Lee got into one bona fide jam against the Diamondbacks when he loaded the bases on a walk, an infield hit and a two-strike single during the seventh inning. However, Lee was able to escape unscathed, finishing the game with three strikeouts, a pair of walks and six hits without allowing a run.
Lee improved to 4-2 and his ERA dipped to 2.86 before closer Jonathan Papelbon came in for a five-out save.
Papelbon struck out three and threw 29 pitches. In the ninth, he allowed the tying run to reach second base before closing it out with a pair of whiffs.
Papelbon is 6 for 6 in save chances this season.
The Phillies manufactured their first two runs with Ben Revere on the base paths and Jimmy Rollins at the plate. Revere led off the fifth with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Lee. He dashed up to third on a wild pitch before scoring the first run of the game on Rollins' sacrifice fly.
Revere scored in the seventh with a leadoff single and a stolen base before Lee bunted him over to third. Rollins followed Lee's third sac bunt of the game with a soft single to center for the second run.
Incidentally, Lee became the first Phillie to get three sacrifices in a game since July 29, 1999 when Chad Ogea laid down three of them in a 12-1 victory over the Marlins. Doug Glanville and Alex Arias combined for seven RBIs that day.
The Phillies go for the series split on Sunday when Kyle Kendrick (4-1, 2.45) takes on the D'backs' Brandon McCarthy (0-3, 6.75).