Prior to Monday night, the Phillies' offense had scored just three runs over Cliff Lee's last 25 innings pitched. On Monday night, the Phillies' offense did plenty for Lee, scoring five runs in his eight outstanding innings. The bats tacked on one more in the ninth, giving the Phillies a 6-2 win over the Giants.
Lee came in with the sixth-worst run support among MLB's starting pitchers, but the Phillies gave him a cushiony lead on Monday night and he knew what to do with it.
After the club's two terrible losses to the Marlins, Lee threw eight spectacular innings, allowing two runs and striking out six for his third win of the season. The lefty threw 102 pitches -- 71 strikes -- and gave the Giants no free passes. He surrendered five hits and three were to ex-Phillie Hunter Pence.
And when the Giants put a runner on base, Lee often erased it. The Phillies turned three double plays behind the southpaw.
The Phillies' up-and-down offense jumped on Madison Bumgarner, who entered as one of baseball's hottest pitchers to start 2013. Charlie Manuel's lineup made him work, though, and scored five runs -- three of which came via two-out RBIs -- in six innings off the Giants' left-hander, dealing him his first loss of the year.
Michael Young smacked an opposite-field double with two outs in the second to plate the Phillies' first two runs. He went 3 for 4 on the night with a walk, boosting his average to .333 and on-base percentage to .398.
Domonic Brown continued his power streak, crushing an inside fastball from Bumgarner for a solo home run that took one hop into the San Francisco bay. It was Brown's sixth homer of the season, tying Chase Utley for the team lead.
Jimmy Rollins and Delmon Young both tallied sac flys, while Jonathan Papelbon threw a perfect ninth in seven pitches.
Kyle Kendrick (3-1, 2.43) takes on Tim Lincecum (2-1, 4.41) Tuesday night in the second game of this three-game series and seven-game road trip for the Phillies.