Cliff Lee Dominates As Philadelphia Routs Atlanta 9-0

Safe to say the Atlanta Braves just didn't have it tonight. Cliff Lee tossed a five hit shutout and Derek Lowe got knocked around as Philadelphia beat Atlanta 9-0.

The Phillies got things started in the bottom of the first inning, as Placido Polanco and Chase Utley singled with one out and scored on a single from Hunter Pence to give Philly a 2-0 lead. 

The scoring continued in the fourth inning, as John Mayberry walked to start the inning. Carlos Ruiz reached on an error by Alex Gonzalez, putting runners on first and second. Michael Martinez then sacrificed bunted the runners over to second and third. 

Two batters later, Shane Victorino singled with two outs, scoring Mayberry and Ruiz to make it a 4-0 game. 

The fifth inning was no kinder to Derek Lowe. A triple by Utley and an intentional walk to Ryan Howard put runners on first and third for Pence. Pence then doubled, scoring Utley and advancing Howard to third. 

After a walk to Mayberry to load the bases, Ruiz singled to center, scoring Pence and Howard and giving Philly a 7-0 lead. 

That was the last inning for Derek Lowe, as he finished with a line of 5 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, and 4 K's.

Ryan Howard homered off reliever Scott Linebrink in the seventh inning to increase the lead to 8-0, and Philadelphia added another run in the eighth inning off Arodys Vizcaino to finish the scoring at 9-0.

Cliff Lee was dominant, walking none and striking out six in his nine shutout innings.

Peter Moylan made his return to the majors tonight, striking out one batter and getting out all three he faced. 

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