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Howard, Lee send Phillies to 6-2 win over Mets

Howard, Lee send Phillies to 6-2 win over Mets

Ryan Howard homered twice and drove in five runs, and Cliff Lee won his eighth straight start as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 6-2 in the National League on Monday.
Lee (5-0) did not allow an earned run in seven innings, lowering his ERA with the Phillies to 0.68 in five outings since he was acquired in a July 29 trade with Cleveland. His record is 12-9 overall.
One day after second baseman Eric Bruntlett became the second major leaguer to end a game with an unassisted triple play, the Phillies beat their injury-riddled rivals in more conventional fashion.
Lee, last year's AL Cy Young Award winner, yielded six hits and no walks against a light-hitting lineup that featured Fernando Tatis (six homers) in the cleanup spot. The left-hander struck out five.
Philadelphia took the final three in a four-game series and won for the 11th time in 13 games overall, increasing its NL East lead to seven games over idle Atlanta.
Brewers 7, Nationals 1
At Washington, Ryan Braun hit a two-run home run to jump-start a six-run sixth inning as Milwaukee took three of four games from the Nationals.
The Brewers sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth. Jody Gerut had a two-run single in the inning and also homered in the eighth.
Yovani Gallardo (12-10) gave up one run on four hits and four walks in five innings. He struck out eight.
Nationals starter Collin Balester (1-4) had a career-high six strikeouts in five-plus innings.