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.