Cliff Lee gave the Phillies exactly what they hadn't received in either of the first two games of the 2013 season--an outstanding performance by a starting pitcher.
After Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay each turned in disappointing starts in Atlanta, Lee made sure the Phils (1-2) didn't head north for their home opener without a victory under their belts.
The Phillies beat Atlanta Thursday night, 2-0.
Lee was dominant over eight scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and striking out eight Braves batters. He had excellent command in the game, allowing no walks against a free-swinging Braves lineup that had put up a total of 16 runs in the first two games of the series.
The Phillies produced the only offense they would need on the night in the second inning.
Ben Revere drove in the game's first run on an RBI groundout. Chase Utley followed two batters later with an RBI sac fly.
Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 4 on the night.
The Phillies play Kansas City in their home opener today. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05.