Cliff Lee eyes an eighth straight winning decision on Saturday when the Philadelphia Phillies continue a four-game series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
Lee has been magnificent for the Phillies this season, posting a 9-2 mark to go along with a 2.51 ERA and hasn't lost since falling to Cleveland back on May 1. In fact he hasn't lost to a National League team since St. Louis beat him at home on April 20.
The former Cy Young Award winning left-hander did not get a decision on Monday in San Diego, despite allowing just two runs and eight hits in eight innings. He also struck out seven and walked a batter in the 4-3 loss.
"I don't know what to say," said Lee, who is 2-1 in five starts versus the Dodgers with a sparkling 0.95 ERA. "I felt like I pitched good and gave us a chance to win and it just didn't happen."
Los Angeles, meanwhile, hands the ball to an impressive hurler of its own in Korean righty Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is 6-3 with a 2.85 ERA. Ryu did not get a decision on Monday against San Francisco, but pitched well, giving up just a run in 6 2/3 innings.
Ryu, who has never faced the Phillies, is 4-1 with a 1.81 ERA in eight starts at Chavez Ravine.
Philadelphia's offense exploded on Friday, as Delmon Young had a career-high six RBI, threw a runner out at the plate, and the Phillies pounded out a season-high 21 hits to halt the Dodgers' six-game winning streak in a 16-1 rout.
"We had a real good night. We definitely needed a game like that," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
John Lannan (1-2) got his first win as a member of the Phillies and had the first three-hit game of his career. He allowed five hits and a run over seven innings. The left-hander, who has an active five-game winning streak against the Dodgers, has allowed three earned runs or less in 14 of his last 15 road starts.
"It was good to go out there with that much support," Lannan said. "Those three knocks weren't bad either. I attacked the strike zone. To see that offense was great for the team."
Chris Capuano (2-5) was tagged for 10 hits and seven runs -- five earned -- over 3 2/3 innings. Peter Moylan wasn't much better, as he was knocked around for five hits and as many runs in two frames.
"From the very beginning they had Chris' number. Nothing went right tonight," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It was a tough game."
Though the Phillies won two of three in their last trip to Los Angeles, they still lost five of seven overall to the Dodgers in 2012.