Cliff Lee delivered, Ben Revere had four hits out of the leadoff spot and the back end of the bullpen finally held a lead to give the Phils their first win in a week, 3-2, over Minnesota.
Seven days ago, Lee was on the mound and blew an early 4-0 lead to start the Phillies on their season-worst losing skid. Thursday night against the Twins, he remedied that with a dominating seven-inning performance.
Lee cruised through six innings, facing the minimum — the lone hit he allowed to Joe Mauer in the fourth was erased by a double play. It wasn't until the seventh that he ran into trouble.
With the Phillies leading 1-0, Lee walked Mauer with one out. Ryan Doumit followed with an infield single — though replay showed he was out — to put men on first and second with one out. After Josh Willingham flew out to deep left field, Justin Morneau stroked a two-run double to left center to give the Twins a 2-1 advantage.
In the eighth, the Phillies fought back and retook the lead. Kevin Frandsen, pinch hitting for Humberto Quintero, led off with a double and Revere reached on a bunt single. Michael Young singled in the tying run and Jimmy Rollins knocked in the go-ahead with an RBI groundout.
Miraculously, Mike Adams held the lead in a stress-free, 1-2-3 eighth inning. It was just the third time in his last nine outings Adams tossed a scoreless frame. Jonathan Papelbon earned his 12th save and fanned two in a perfect ninth.
Ben Revere, leading off for the first time in seven contests, went 4 for 6 with a triple and two runs scored. Each time he scored was a result of good baserunning.
Ryan Howard was 3 for 5 with an RBI single in the first inning. Michael Young and Laynce Nix also had two hits apiece, and Domonic Brown snapped an 0-for-11 rough patch with a single in the third. The Phillies were just 4 for 16 with runners in scoring position and left an astonishing 16 men on base.
Lee finished with a line of two runs, three hits, six strikeouts and one walk over seven innings. He is now 7-0 when taking the mound with the Phillies in the midst of a losing streak this season.