(Sports Network) - Veteran lefty Cliff Lee aims for a third straight victory
and a second straight September gem on Wednesday night when the Philadelphia
Phillies host the San Diego Padres in the middle game of a three-game series
at Citizens Bank Park.
Lee, who's 1-2 in six previous meetings with the Padres, was a 2-1 winner in
his first start this month, tossing eight innings of two-hit ball and striking
out 10 batters in a defeat of the Atlanta Braves five days ago.
The win came two starts after Lee had also gone eight innings, allowing a
single run on five hits, while defeating the New York Mets, 2-1, on Aug. 26.
Overall, Lee is unbeaten in four starts since four consecutive losses from
July 10-Aug. 16.
In 12 home starts this season, he's 5-4 with a 3.61 earned run average.
San Diego counters with another lefty veteran, Eric Stults, who's making his
10th start since his last win on July 14 against San Francisco.
The 33-year-old improved to 8-7 on the season with a 10-1 decision over the
Giants in San Diego, but has since gone 0-6 in nine starts in which the Padres
have won just twice.
He was hit hard in his most recent start, also against the Giants, on Sept. 4,
allowing seven runs on nine hits in just 4 2/3 innings of work.
He's made two previous appearances against Philadelphia and has a pair of no-
decisions while posting a 5.40 ERA in 10 overall innings.
On Tuesday, Jedd Gyorko went 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored as the
Padres took an 8-2 win.
Chase Headley, Ronny Cedeno and Rene Rivera each drove in two runs for the
Padres, who have won four straight.
Andrew Cashner (9-8) won for the first time since Aug. 2 as he gave up two
runs on four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.
Cody Asche hit a solo home run while Cesar Hernandez also had an RBI for the
Phillies, who came into the game off a three-game sweep of the Braves.
Tyler Cloyd (2-4) was tagged for seven runs on nine hits over four-plus
The Phillies won two of three games from the Padres when the teams played in
Philadelphia in June.
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