Friday, March 18, 2011

Phillies, Cliff Lee Fall to Blue Jays

By Joel Poiley

Cliff Lee gave up five runs, three earned, in four innings as the Phillies dropped a 7-6 decision to visiting Toronto in Clearwater Thursday.

Lee sailed along until the fourth inning, when he was touched for all five Blue Jays runs. He surrendered a two-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion, a solo blast to Juan Rivera and a run-scoring double to Adam Lind. Overall, Lee gave up seven hits, walked one and struck out four.

"The first three innings went good, but the last inning, not so much so," said Lee, who made his fourth spring start. "I was getting behind in the count continuously, and they did what good hitters do in 2-1, 3-1 counts. Physically I feel good. I got some reps in, and on to the next one."