Lee Leads Phillies to 11-0 Game 3 Win

Defending World Series champs now up 2-1 over Dodgers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 19, 2009 3:03 AM CDT
Philadelphia Phillies' Cliff Lee pitches during the first inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship baseball series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, in Philadelphia.    (David J. Phillip)
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(Newser) – Cliff Lee dominated the Dodgers and Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth provided the big swings early as the Philadelphia Phillies cruised past Los Angeles 11-0 last night for a 2-1 lead in the NL championship series. Lee provided another brilliant playoff start, striking out 10 and allowing only three hits in eight innings. "Cliff Lee, what can I say about him? He was absolutely outstanding," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Howard hustled for a triple, Werth homered and the Phillies led 6-0 by the second inning. Howard made two headfirst dives during the romp—the big slugger has an RBI in all seven of Philadelphia's playoff games this year, a record streak in a single postseason. The AL 's reigning Cy Young Award winner faced just two batters over the minimum. Lee gave up a pair of singles to Manny Ramirez and one to Ronnie Belliard.