Cliff Lee struck out nine over eight innings in the Phillies' 4-2 win over the Padres. (USA Today Images)
Cliff Lee pitched eight strong innings and Freddy Galvis had a big night at the plate as the Phillies beat the San Diego Padres, 4-2, at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.
Starting pitching report
Lee allowed just five hits over eight innings. A pair of solo homers accounted for the two runs he gave up. The lefty walked just one and struck out nine.
In his last two starts, Lee has racked up 16 innings and allowed just seven hits and three runs. He has walked one and struck out 19 in those two games.
Lee is 13-6 with a 2.97 ERA for the season.
Lee also had a good night at the plate as he helped set up the decisive run with a successful sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the seventh.
San Diego lefty Eric Stults allowed six hits and two runs in six innings. Both runs came on solo homers. He struck out five and walked none.
Stults exited with the score tied, 2-2.
Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth for his 26th save.
San Diego right-hander Nick Vincent took the loss. He allowed a leadoff double to Galvis in the bottom of the seventh and that led to the tie-breaking run.
At the plate
Galvis homered, doubled, scored two runs and drove in another with a safety squeeze bunt.
Jimmy Rollins tied the game in the bottom of the sixth with his first home run since July 20. He went 178 at-bats between homers.
Galvis opened the bottom of the seventh with a double, moved to third on Lee’s bunt and scored the go-ahead run on a contact-play ground ball by Cesar Hernandez.
Galvis pushed home an insurance run with a safety squeeze bunt in the eighth.
Tommy Medica and Jedd Gyorko had solo homers for San Diego. Medica’s was his first big-league hit.
Domonic Brown continues his recovery from a sore right Achilles tendon. He did some running Wednesday, took some fly balls and continued to swing in the batting cage. He said he could start taking regular batting practice in the next day or two. A return sometime next week seems possible.
Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.19) pitches against San Diego right-hander Tyler Ross (3-7, 2.79) in the series finale on Thursday night.