Diamondbacks 4, Phillies 0

Cliff Lee said he felt better on the mound than he has all
season. Almost any night, that would mean an automatic Philadelphia
win.

Not Monday night against new father Ian Kennedy. The Arizona
right-hander threw a three-hitter in the first complete game of his
career and the Diamondbacks won 4-0 to snap the Phillies’ five-game
winning streak.

”To shut our lineup down like that, he was definitely doing
something right,” Lee said. `I wouldn’t expect him to go nine
innings without giving up a run. That’s impressive.”

Lee gave up first-pitch home runs to Chris Young and Gerardo
Parra in an otherwise strong performance.

”They ambushed a couple of first pitches and hit homers,” Lee
said. ”Considering how Kennedy pitched, that was the game.”

The Diamondbacks snapped a four-game skid as they opened a
10-game home stand after being swept in three games by the Mets in
New York.

Kennedy (3-1) struck out 10 – including Jimmy Rollins to end the
game – and walked none.

”He wasn’t do nothing cute or nothing like that,” Philadelphia
manager Charlie Manuel said of Kennedy, ”he was just
pitching.”

Kennedy had come home early from the team’s trip for the
delivery of he and his wife’s’ first child, Nora Rose, at 2:04 a.m.
on Sunday.

”Some people thought I wouldn’t be ready to pitch today but I
knew I could do it,” he said. ”I got seven hours of sleep last
night, my wife was kind enough to let me sleep through (the day). I
was just hoping to get through six innings, throwing a lot of
strikes.”

Chris Young and Gerardo Parra homered off Lee, both on the first
pitch of an at-bat. Lee (2-2) gave up four runs on five hits in
seven innings, matching his season high with 12 strikeouts, one shy
of his career high, and walking one.

”The one to Young (a fastball) had a little more of the plate
than I like but still I want to be aggressive, I want to throw
strikes and get ahead in the count,” Lee said. ”He put a good
swing on it. The other homer (a cut fastball), I’ll take that pitch
every time. I mean, I just have to tip my hat on that one.”

Placido Polanco doubled and singled for the Phillies in a game
that went just 2 hours, four minutes. The only other hit off
Kennedy was Rollins’ ground ball off the glove of second baseman
Kelly Johnson that easily could have been ruled an error. Run
scoring has been a problem for Philadelphia, despite the team’s
early success.

”We’ve just got to keep going to work on it,” Manuel said.
”Either we’re going to do it or we’re not. We’re going to keep
working. We’ve got to fight every day,”

Xavier Nady had an RBI single in the sixth after Justin Upton
drew just the fourth walk Lee has allowed this season, then stole
second.

Kennedy, making his 49th career start, had allowed a run on four
hits in 5 1-3 innings in his previous outing, a 3-1 victory at
Cincinnati.

Lee was perfect through the first two innings but gave up a
leadoff single to Ryan Roberts in the third. He struck out Parra
and Kennedy to bring up Young, who had never faced the Phillies ace
before popping out to second to start Arizona’s first inning.

Young, two for his previous 26 at bats, hit a shot onto the
porch above the 413-foot sign in left-center to put Arizona up
2-0.

Parra’s solo homer came after Roberts hit one to the right field
fence that was caught by Ben Francisco for the first out in the
fifth. Parra’s homer, into the left field seats, was only the ninth
of his three-year career. He had three last season and five in
2009.

Arizona added a run in the fourth when Upton walked and stole
second. Stephen Drew struck out for the third time, strongly
arguing the called third strike with home plate umpire Bob
Davidson, then Nady singled between third and shortstop to bring
Upton home and make it 4-0.

Notes: RHP Michael Stutes pitched a scoreless inning of relief
in his major league debut after Philadelphia purchased his contract
from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He took the roster spot made vacant
when closer Jose Contreras went on the 15-day DL with a strained
elbow. Contreras is to have an MRI in Philadelphia on Tuesday. …
The Phillies conclude a seven-game trip West in Arizona after going
4-0 in San Diego. … Philadelphia has not scored more than four
runs in any of its last 14 games. … After three against the
Phillies, the Diamondbacks play the Cubs three times then wrap up
the home stand with three against Colorado.