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Phillies back at .500 after falling to Red Sox

When Mike Aviles smacked the third pitch Cliff Lee threw Sunday, he had done something no Red Sox hitter had accomplished in 99 years. Aviles had bashed leadoff home runs on two consecutive days to ignite Boston’s offensive explosions.

In 1913, a man named Harry Hooper did the same thing. Upon his retirement from baseball, he campaigned for Franklin Roosevelt and was named postmaster of Capitola, Calif.

No, it has not been that long since Lee has won a game, but it’s beginning to feel like it. After a 5-1 drubbing by the Red Sox, Lee is winless through his first six starts of a season for the first time in his career. Before Sunday, he was the victim of bad luck and little run support. This time?

“It was definitely my fault,” Lee said. “I gave up five runs in the first three innings. That’s on me right there.”

Another starting pitcher victimized early dropped the Phillies back to .500 at 21-21. Their next 20 games are against teams with winning records. It begins Monday when the Washington Nationals arrive at Citizens Bank Park.