PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Cliff Lee threw eight dominant innings against the team he led to the World Series last year, Ryan Howard hit a solo homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Texas Rangers 2-0 Saturday night.
Lee (3-4) allowed five hits and struck out 10 to earn his first win since April 14. The lefty helped the Rangers capture the first AL pennant in franchise history after joining them last July. But he turned down more money from Texas and the New York Yankees to return to Philadelphia, signing a $120 million, five-year deal.
Rangers starter Colby Lewis (4-5) gave up two runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. He didn’t get any support from a struggling offense that’s scored only 11 runs in the last five games. Texas is 1-4 in that span.
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