PHOENIX – Cliff Lee had another strong outing, Jimmy Rollins drove in two runs and Jonathan Papelbon had a five-out save in the Phillies’ 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
Lee pitched seven shutout innings for his second win on the trip.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak. The Phillies are 17-21 heading into the final game of the trip Sunday. They are 3-3 on the trip.
Starting pitching report
Lee (4-2) allowed six hits, walked two and struck out three. His final out was a ground ball to shortstop off the bat of pinch-hitter Wil Nieves. It came with the bases loaded in the seventh.
Lee beat San Francisco earlier in the trip. He allowed just two runs in 15 innings in his two starts.
Lee also had a good day at the plate with three sacrifice bunts. Two of them helped set up runs.
Arizona’s Trevor Cahill allowed three hits and a run over five innings. His control was shaky as he walked four. Cahill skirted trouble in the third and fourth innings. He got the final two outs in the third with runners at second and third. In the fourth, he got the final two outs with a runner at second.
Antonio Bastardo allowed a leadoff walk (which eventually turned into a run) and a single in the eighth, prompting manager Charlie Manuel to bring in Jonathan Papelbon for a five-out save. Papelbon walked a tightrope in the ninth. He allowed a single and a double in the inning and got the final two outs — both strikeouts — with runners at second and third.
Six the Phillies’ nine hits came against Arizona’s bullpen.
At the plate
Rollins has been dreadful with runners in scoring position. He entered this game 5 for 35 (.143) on the season. But Rollins had three excellent at-bats with a runner in scoring position in this game. He worked a walk in the third, drove in the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth and singled home a run in the seventh to give the Phils a 2-0 lead.
Lee preceded all three of those Rollins at-bats with a sacrifice bunt. He became the first Phils’ pitcher since Chad Ogea on July 29, 1999 to have three sacrifice bunts in a game.
Ryan Howard went 0 for 5 with four strikeouts. He is riding an 0-for-14 slump and has nine strikeouts in that span. He has 16 Ks in his last eight games.
As a team, the Phils were 3 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.
In the field
Rightfielder Gerardo Parra made a nice leaping grab on Howard’s liner to the warning track in the eighth. With his glove and his arm, Parra has had a great series in the field.
Howard took away extra bases from Martin Prado for the first out of the bottom of the ninth. The Phillies’ first baseman snared a hard liner that was headed for the rightfield corner.
Reliever Justin De Fratus joined the club before the game.
Kyle Kendrick (4-1 2.45) pitches Sunday afternoon against Brandon McCarthy (0-3, 6.75).