PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sam Dyson will never forget his first start. He hopes his next one will last a little longer.
Cliff Lee had three hits, knocked in a career-high four runs and struck out a season-high 14 to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 12-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Monday.
Dyson (0-1) allowed seven runs on six hits and three walks while striking out only one in 2 2-3 innings.
“We’re just trying to see what we have with these young guys,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “Up until today he’s done a nice job in the bullpen. He’ll bounce back and be ready for his next opportunity.”
On a night when it seemed the Phillies’ hitters couldn’t miss at the plate, Dyson couldn’t find it. Just 34 of 63 pitches he threw went for strikes.
“You can’t give those guys free passes the way they swing the bats,” Redmond said.
Lee (14-6) stroked a two-run, bases-loaded single to cap off a six-run third inning and also hit his first career triple in the fifth. Chase Utley, who also drove in four runs, hit a long three-run homer in the third.
On the mound, Lee allowed two runs while scattering eight hits and walking none, at one point retiring 11 straight en route to winning his fourth consecutive decision. The left-hander’s 14 strikeouts marked his fourth double-digit strikeout game this year.
“Just being ahead in the count, pounding the strike zone, I had a lot of two strike counts,” Lee said. “I’m really not trying to strike guys out in that situation to be honest with you. I’m just continuing to try to throw strikes, and that’s what happens when you throw strikes.”
Lee is 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA in his last six starts and 5-1 with a 2.29 lifetime ERA against Miami. He’s also a career .391 hitter against the Marlins.
“Lee hurt us on both sides of the ball,” Redmond said. “He knows how to pitch, moves the ball in and out. He got some runs early, so he could be more aggressive. … He can hit (too). He give you good at-bats.”
Philadelphia has won six in a row over Miami.
Utley got the Phillies started with an RBI groundout in the first. His 17th homer in the third gave them a four-run lead.
Later in the frame, Cody Asche drove in a run with a single to right field. Giancarlo Stanton’s throw home was on the mark, but Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis couldn’t handle it before being barreled over by Domonic Brown.
After Roger Bernadina drew a walk to load the bases, Lee singled to score two more and chase Dyson from the game. In all, 11 Phillies went to the plate in the inning.
Darin Ruf hit a two-run homer, his 14th of the season, in the sixth. He finished with two hits and three runs scored.
The Marlins’ first run came in the fifth inning, when Adeiny Hechavarria singled to bring home Justin Ruggiano, who doubled. Ruggiano also had an RBI double in the sixth.
Christian Yelich, Stanton and Mathis each struck out three times.
The loss was Miami’s ninth in 11 games.
NOTES: In their last 29 games against the Marlins, the Phillies are 22-7. … Dyson became the 12th different starting pitcher used by the Marlins this season, tied for most in the National League with the Mets and Pirates. … Tuesday, Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.28) starts for the Phillies, while Brian Flynn (0-1, 10.13) goes for the Marlins.