Lee Pitches Phillies Past Rockies in Game 1

Left-hander strikes out five as Philadelphia cruises to 5-1 victory
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2009 6:08 PM CDT
Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, left, congratulates starting pitcher Cliff Lee after today's victory.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Left-hander Cliff Lee pitched a six-hitter today as the Philadelphia Phillies opened the defense of their World Series title with a 5-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies in Game 1 of their National League playoff series. Lee, a mid-season acquisition given the start over World Series MVP Cole Hamels, got a pair of RBIs from Raul Ibañez in front of a record home crowd.