Thu, Jul 5th 2012, 04:30
This is what can happen when you have an accomplished bat in the middle of the order.
A game can change on one swing.
A straight-lining team can show a flicker of life.
And Cliff Lee can get a win.
Lee’s long wait for his first victory of the season ended Wednesday afternoon when the Phillies’ bats awakened in the late innings en route to a 9-2 win over the New York Mets
Save for an 0-2 mistake to Scott Hairston in the fourth inning, Lee pitched well all afternoon. He went eight innings, gave up two runs, walked one and struck out nine. Still, this was lining up to be another unfulfilling day for the lefthander because the offense was stymied for six innings by Mets righthander Chris Young.
The game turned in the top of the seventh. Young took a 2-0 lead to the mound. He had given up just two hits all day. Juan Pierre led off the inning with a single. Chase Utley followed with a ringing homer into the right-field seats to tie the game and the next batter, all-star Carlos Ruiz, homered into the leftfield seats to give the Phils a 3-2 lead that they never gave up.