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Lee & Utley Power Phils Past Cubs

After a whirlwind opening day in Texas, Cliff Lee returned to form yesterday at Wrigley Field, doing his part in a 2-0 Phillies victory.

He did allow 10 hits in seven innings of work, but did not walk a batter and finished with six strikeouts. Lee was in trouble in spots but managed to help strand 10 Cub runners. The combined shutout brought Lee’s earned run average down from over 14 to an even 6.00 after two starts.

The Phillies’ offense was rather dormant Saturday, but did manage to bang out seven hits including a first inning solo home run by Chase Utley. Utley would score both of the Phillie runs, crossing the plate again in the fourth on a single by Domonic Brown.

The Phillies’ bullpen made the lead stand up for the second straight day. Jake Diekman and Jonathan Papelbon combined for two innings and allowed only one base-runner. Papelbon notched his first save of 2014 with the effort, while Diekman was credited with his second hold of the year.

The Phils will look to sweep the Cubbies today in the series rubber match and return to Citizens Bank Park with a 4-2 record.

A.J. Burnett makes his second start of year, while the Cubs will counter with right-hander Carlos Villanueva. First pitch is slated for 2:20.

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