published Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Lee blanks Braves to give Phillies 1st win

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee throws Thursday in the first inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee throws Thursday in the first inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

ATLANTA — Cliff Lee allowed two hits in eight scoreless innings and the Philadelphia Phillies scored twice in the second inning to win their first game of the season with a 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.

Lee (1-0) didn’t win his first game last year until July 4, but the former Cy Young Award winner outpitched Kris Medlen (0-1) with temperatures in the low 40s and a light mist falling most of the game.

Philadelphia scored two runs in the second on Ben Revere’s fielder’s choice RBI and Chase Utley’s sacrifice fly RBI.

After Lee watched Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay lose the first two games by a combined 16-7 score, the left-hander walked none and struck out eight in 106 pitches to give the Phillies’ renowned threesome a big lift.

Lee left for pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis in the ninth. Jonathan Papelbon earned his first save.

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