ATLANTA — Cliff Lee allowed two hits in eight innings, adding to B.J. Upton's poor start with the Braves, and the Phillies scored twice in the second inning for their first win, 2-0 Thursday night.
Lee twice struck out Upton, who is 0-for-11 with seven strikeouts in his first three games after leaving the Rays for Atlanta. "I hit the ball pretty well all spring training," Upton said. "It's just one of those rough spots right now, man. But it's nothing to get stressed about. That's why you get 700 plate appearances."
Lee didn't win his first game last year until July 4, but he outpitched Kris Medlen on Thursday with temperatures in the low 40s.
"It's nice to get it out of the way," Lee said. "No doubt."
Philadelphia scored two runs in the second on Ben Revere's fielder's choice RBI and Chase Utley's sacrifice fly.
After Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay lost the first two games by a combined 16-7, Lee walked none and struck out eight in 106 pitches. He improved to 4-1 with a 0.77 ERA — a span of 47 innings — in his past six starts against Braves.