Cesar Hernandez is tagged out stealing in the Phillies' 1-0 loss to the Braves. (USA Today Images)
ATLANTA -- This was definition of a hard-luck loss.
Cliff Lee pitched brilliantly for the Phillies on Friday night, but came away with a 1-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves after giving up a solo homer to Chris Johnson with no outs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Johnson hit an 0-2 slider that was down and in into the left-field seats. The Braves had just two hits before the home run.
The Phillies have lost eight of their last nine games. They have scored just 19 runs in those nine games.
Starting pitching report
Lee struck out 13 and did not walk a batter while allowing three hits over eight innings.
In five September starts, he struck out 54 and walked just one. He is the first pitcher to ever record 50 or more strikeouts with one or less walks in a month.
Lee finished the season 14-8 with a 2.87 ERA.
Kris Medlen (15-12) was sensational for Atlanta. The right-hander held the Phillies to two hits over eight shutout innings. He walked two and struck out seven.
Lee and Medlen kept the game moving. It lasted just two hours, seven minutes.
Craig Kimbrel had his 50th save for Atlanta.
At the plate
The Phils had just two hits. They have not homered in nine games, which is the longest such streak for the Phillies since 1989.
Ethan Martin (2-5, 6.32) will get the start Saturday night against Atlanta lefty Mike Minor (13-8, 3.22).