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Phillies beat Nats behind Lee, Young

The Phils got another strong performance from Cliff Lee, who improved to 9-2 on the season.




The Phillies climbed into a tie for second place in the NL East with Washington by beating the Nationals, 4-2, at Citizens Bank Park Tuesday night.

The Phils (35-37) got another strong performance from Cliff Lee, who improved to 9-2 on the season with his nine-strikeout, no-walk performance.

Michael Young went 3 for 4 with a career-high three doubles, two runs and an RBI.

The Phillies pulled away from Washington (34-36) in the sixth inning, when they scored three runs to take a 4-1 lead. Young drove in Ben Revere with a double, then Kevin Fransden, who once again got a start at second base, drove in two runs with two outs.

The Nationals pulled to within 4-2 on a Jeff Kobernus pinch-hit solo home run off Lee in the eighth inning.

Lee allowed two earned runs on five hits. His ERA now stands at 2.53.

Jonathan Papelbon, who blew his first save opportunity of the season Monday night, picked up the save -- his 14th of the season.

 
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