Lee fans 14 and collects 4 RBIs as Phillies roll

To the roar of a standing ovation, Cliff Lee returns to the dugout after scoring in the fifth. He struck out 14 and knocked in four runs on three hits, including a triple.
To the roar of a standing ovation, Cliff Lee returns to the dugout after scoring in the fifth. He struck out 14 and knocked in four runs on three hits, including a triple. (YONG KIM / Staff)
Posted: September 18, 2013

The shirts were Carlos Ruiz's idea, and many of the Phillies wore them before Cliff Lee pitched Monday. "Whatever," Lee said, although one hung in his locker after a 12-2 rout of Miami. "But I'm Different" was printed below an unflattering photo of Lee at his most aloof.

He is different; few pitchers ever live a night like Lee's Monday.

"It was," Ryne Sandberg said, "basically his show."

Chase Utley's first home run in nearly a month energized the rout. It was his 17th home run in his 120th game, both highs since 2009. Lee did everything else. He was the first Phillies pitcher since Phil Collins in 1930 with three hits and four RBIs in a game. Against baseball's worst offense, he struck out 14.

"He makes it easy for us," Domonic Brown said.

Not since Curt Schilling in 1997 had a Phillies pitcher struck out 14 without walking one. Lee eclipsed the 200-inning mark for the third straight season. He has fanned 200 hitters in each of those seasons.

"I had a lot of two-strike counts," Lee said. "I'm not really trying to strike guys out, to be honest with you. I'm just continuing to try and throw strikes, and that's a factor of when you throw strikes and they weren't squaring it up."

Lee accrued two more RBIs (four) than runs allowed (two) in eight innings. Lee called it "a fun game." All he wanted to talk about in the dugout was his hitting.

"He couldn't be more happy about his hitting," Sandberg said. "We just wanted him to go out and concentrate on his pitching."

"He might have a little more pop than myself," Brown quipped.

The Phillies destroyed Sam Dyson, a minor-league pitcher making his first major-league start. Dyson faced 18 batters and allowed 10 to reach base. Seven scored. He was relieved by another rookie, Arquimedes Caminero, whose parents named him from a math textbook. Nothing more was expected of the Marlins in September.

After Utley's three-run blast, Brown singled and later scored when he barreled into Miami catcher Jeff Mathis on a Cody Asche single. The Phillies sent 10 men to the plate in the third.

When Lee scored in the fifth inning, he was feted with a standing ovation for his hitting. He bashed a 385-foot triple into the wind. He slapped a two-run single during the third-inning party. The Phillies' 12th run scored on another Lee single in the seventh.

There was joy in the late-season ravaging of an inferior team.


Pitchers With Pop

Cliff Lee became the fifth Phillies pitcher since 1984 with at least four RBIs in a game. The others:

Robert Person,

June 6, 2002, vs. Expos, 7 RBIs.

Jeff Juden, Aug. 25, 1995, vs. Dodgers,

4 RBIs.

Danny Jackson,

June 18, 1994, vs. Expos, 5 RBIs.

Steve Carlton,

May 16, 1984, vs. Dodgers, 4 RBIs.


Contact Matt Gelb at mgelb@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @magelb.

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