PHILADELPHIA – Cliff Lee isn’t going anywhere if he pitches like this.
Adam Duvall hit a two-run homer in Lee’s return from the disabled list and the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4 on Monday night.
Making his first start since May 18 because of an elbow injury, Lee (4-5) had a rare rough outing against San Francisco. Lee was 5-0 with a 0.88 ERA in six career games against the Giants. He allowed five earned runs in 51 innings in those six starts before giving up six runs and 12 hits in 5⅔ innings in this one.
If Lee shows he’s healthy and pitches effectively, he is a prime candidate for a trade before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. But he certainly didn’t impress several scouts watching him pitch at Citizens Bank Park.
“I could care less about the scouts or trade rumors,” Lee said. “I’ve never cared about them. My goal is to go out there and give my team a chance to win. I’m in Philly and I want this team to win.”
The four-time All-Star and 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner already was traded once by the Phillies in December 2009 on the same day they acquired Roy Halladay in a separate deal. The Phillies are headed toward their second straight losing season and will be looking to acquire young players from contending teams for some of their high-priced veterans.
“How else am I supposed to look at it other than I want to win (here) and I expect to win?” Lee said. “It’s not my job to make trades.”
Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong gave up four runs — three earned — and 11 hits in three-plus innings. But San Francisco’s bullpen combined for six scoreless innings.
George Kontos (2-0) gave up one hit and struck out three in two innings in relief to earn the win. Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth for his sixth save in nine tries.
The teams combined to hit 21 singles before Duvall launched a homer to straightaway center to give San Francisco a 5-4 lead in the sixth. Hunter Pence’s RBI single with two outs made it 6-4 and sent Lee to an early exit. Pence hit an RBI triple off Jeff Manship in the eighth.
“It’s good to be back, but I would’ve liked the results to be different,” Lee said. “I wasn’t locating well and I was behind in the count.”
Dodgers 5, Pirates 2
In Pittsburgh, Ryu Hyun-jin pitched seven strong innings and Adrian Gonzalez reached base five times as Los Angeles beat the Pirates.
Ryu (11-5) joined Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in making the Dodgers the first team in the majors with three 11-game winners. The left-hander allowed two runs and five hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
Brewers 5, Reds 2
In Milwaukee, the Brewers scored three runs off two misjudged balls in the outfield by Chris Heisey, and Wily Peralta pitched seven strong innings in the Brewers’ victory over the Reds.
Ryan Braun hit a two-run double in the third on which Heisey took a couple of steps in before retreating as the high liner went over his head. The four-year veteran with 134 career starts in left field apparently lost Carlos Gomez’s high fly ball to the warning track in the fourth inning that turned into an RBI ground-rule double that made it 4-0.
Nationals 7, Rockies 2
In Denver, Ian Desmond tied a career high with five hits, including a two-run homer, and Doug Fister threw effectively into the sixth to help Washington rout struggling Colorado.
Fister (9-2) — all “elbows and knees” as Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon described him — allowed nine hits before being pulled with two outs in the sixth after running into trouble.
Ben Paulsen had two hits and drove in a run in his major league debut for the Rockies, who’ve lost six straight.
Marlins 3, Braves 1 (10)
In Atlanta, Garrett Jones drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the 10th inning, lifting Miami to a victory over the Braves.
Christian Yelich led off the 10th with a single off Shae Simmons (1-2) and moved to second on Jordany Valdespin’s sacrifice bunt. Following an intentional walk to Giancarlo Stanton, Simmons walked Casey McGehee to load the bases.