Phillies 13, Orioles 6

Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Philadelphia’s hitters looked to be

in midseason form.

Cliff Lee, not quite.

Lee allowed three runs and five hits in three innings Friday in

the Phillies’ 13-6 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Lee, who signed a five-year, $120 million contract with the

Phillies in the offseason, has allowed five runs in nine innings.

In his previous start, he shut out Tampa Bay on two hits in four


The results obviously weren’t as good, but – whatever,” a

relaxed Lee said.

”I feel fine. I felt like I could have kept going easily, but

you want to build up to where you need to be and be smart,” Lee


The Phillies hit four homers, including two-run shots by Howard

and Ibanez.

Lee and Baltimore starter Jeremy Guthrie were both victimized by

a wind blowing at 26 mph, and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel took

that into account in his evaluation.

”He was all right. The wind was blowing. It definitely looked

like he was having some command (problems),” Manuel said.

”His breaking ball – he had a good one – but he was having

trouble getting it over the plate. He got his work in. That’s what

he’s out there for. He got his pitch count built up. He stayed

healthy. He did that.”

Philadelphia scored three times in the first off Guthrie,

highlighted by Ibanez’s home run, and added four more in the fifth

with back-to-back homers off Kevin Gregg. Howard hit his long shot

for his fourth homer and Ross Gload followed with a shot.

”We hit some balls good today,” Manuel said.

Guthrie, who allowed four runs and six hits in four innings, got

off to a bad start in the first when he walked Shane Victorino and

Ibanez hit a drive to center.

”I did not think it was going to be a home run, but at the same

time, you have to hit the ball well for to go out to center

field,” Guthrie said. ”He put a good swing on it. I fell behind

in the count and he was able to swing aggressively.”

Guthrie has allowed six runs and 10 hits in seven innings in his

last two appearances.

”Guthrie threw the ball well – if you take the conditions out

of play,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Brad Lidge, Philadelphia’s teetering closer, allowed two runs in

the eighth inning. In five games this spring, he’s allowed six runs

in six innings, but Manuel doesn’t have the anxiety Phillies’ fans

have with Lidge.

”I’d tell them not to worry. I ain’t going to worry,” Manuel


The Phillies added five runs in the ninth.

NOTES: Orioles 2B Brian Roberts, who hasn’t played since Monday

night with back spasms, will get an MRI on his back on Saturday,

Showalter said. Showalter isn’t worried that Roberts won’t be ready

for the season opener on Apr. 1. … Victorino had two hits and

scored three runs. … The Phillies cut veteran INF Robb Quinlan at

his request. … Baltimore cut 11 players. The only two with any

major league experience are LHPs Troy Patton and Pedro Viola. …

Orioles INF Cesar Izturis returned to the lineup after missing

three games.