Cliff Lee allowed one run in eight innings of work against the Mets to earn his first win since July 5. (AP)
NEW YORK – Cliff Lee pitched a gem and rookie Cody Asche had the big hit in the Phillies’ 2-1 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field on Monday night.
The win was the Phillies’ seventh in the last nine games under interim manager Ryne Sandberg.
The Phils are 8-5 against the Mets this season.
Starting pitching report
Lee was brilliant. He went eight innings, allowed five hits and one run. He walked one and struck out seven. The left-hander is 11-3 with a 3.07 ERA. This was his first win since July 5.
Lee got his biggest out on his 121st and final pitch. He struck out Juan Lagares on a full-count fastball with two men on base to end the eighth inning and exit the game with a one-run lead.
Lee is 4-1 in six career starts at Citi Field.
Hard-throwing Mets’ right-hander Zack Wheeler allowed five hits and two runs over 6 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out seven.
Jonathan Papelbon had his 22nd save for the Phillies.
At the plate
Asche has hit in eight straight games. His two-run triple with two outs in the fourth was the difference in the game.
Marlon Byrd led off the second with a double and scored the Mets’ lone run on a single by Andrew Brown.
The Phillies had just six hits. The Mets had just five.
Asche and Michael Young had two hits each.
Domonic Brown remains day to day with a sore right Achilles tendon. Casper Wells has a vision problem. The Mets have shut down ace Matt Harvey (see story).
Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.51) opposes lefty Jonathon Niese (5-6, 4.03) on Tuesday night.