On Monday night, Lee shined and Cody Asche’s bat stayed hot as the Phillies beat the Mets, 2-1, to open a four-game series at Citi Field.
Lee won his 11th game after going winless in his previous six starts. The lefty dismantled the Mets with eight innings of one-run ball, tallying seven strikeouts in 121 pitches. Lee, the prototypical strike-thrower, hurled first-pitch strikes to 21 of his 28 batters faced and 84 strikes overall.
With two runners on and two outs in the eighth, Lee punched out Juan Lagares on a full count and pumped his fist as he ran off the mound after his final pitch of the evening.
Asche lined a huge two-out, two-run triple to the right-center gap in the fourth inning to put the Phillies ahead 2-1, and that was all Lee needed. Asche continues to build on his debut season after enduring a slow start. The 23-year-old has hit in eight consecutive games and has three straight multi-hit games.
Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning for his 22nd save.
After winning five games in their previous 27, the Phillies (60-71) have won seven of their last nine. And if anyone cares, they have taken back third place from the Mets (58-71) in the NL East.
Plenty to note
Are the Phillies interested in Edinson Volquez? Casper Wells has landed on the DL. Domonic Brown is close to returning. Matt Harvey is likely facing Tommy John surgery. CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury has details on those topics here.
Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.51) opposes Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese (5-6, 4.03) on Tuesday night.