Lee won his 12th game by throwing eight dominant innings. The lefty whiffed 10 Braves, gave up just two hits and one run while retiring his final 13 batters faced.
The win was the Phils’ shortest nine-inning game of the season at two hours and 14 minutes.
The 23-year-old Asche gave Lee his lead in the seventh inning with a two-out, two-run homer to right-center field on the first pitch of his at-bat. It was the rookie’s second hit of the night and the Phillies’ fourth and final hit of the game.
Asche’s average is up to .287 as he’s hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games and is batting .404 (19 for 47) with three doubles, one triple, two home runs and 11 RBIs over that span.
And talk about erasing a sluggish start. After opening his debut season 1 for 17, Asche is hitting .333.
Asche has also demonstrated positive strides with the glove. He did so, again, in the ninth inning on Friday with a splendid play on a high chopper down the line off the bat of B.J. Upton. Asche made an instinct grab with his bare hand and whipped a quick throw to first base to retire Upton for the first out of the frame.
Does the rookie have third base locked up next season? It's hard to argue against that.
Jonathan Papelbon earned his 25th save and has very quietly run off 10 straight scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 2.30.
The Phillies (64-77) continue their three-game set with the MLB-leading Braves (85-55) when Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.51) opposes Atlanta lefty Alex Wood (3-3, 3.15) on Saturday night.