Cliff Lee Caps Outstanding August With Another Dominant Performance In Phils Win

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 31: Cliff Lee #33 of the Philadelphia Phillies is greeted by teammate Michael Stutes #40 before the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on August 31, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Cliff Lee capped off an outstanding month of August by pitching into the ninth inning as the Philadelphia Phillies blanked the Cincinnati Reds again, 3-0, at Great American Ball Park.

Cliff Lee capped an outstanding August by pitching into the ninth inning as the Philadelphia Phillies blanked the Cincinnati Reds again, 3-0, at Great American Ball Park.

Lee (15-7), who turned 33 on Tuesday, came within an out of recording his sixth shutout prior to the Reds loading the bases. Joey Votto doubled, Jay Bruce worked a walk -- the only one issued by Lee -- and Miguel Cairo was hit by a pitch.

Ryan Madson retired pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso on a pop in foul territory to earn his 25th save.

Lee won each of his five August starts, limiting the opposition to two runs in 39-2/3 innings for a 0.45 ERA. The left-hander's performance rivaled his effort in June, when he went 5-0 with a 0.21 ERA.

Hunter Pence homered to begin the sixth for Philadelphia, which has taken the first three games of this four-game series to move 40 games over .500 (86-46).

Dontrelle Willis (0-4) gave up three runs on five hits, walked five and fanned six in 6-2/3 frames for the Reds, who managed only four hits in Tuesday's setback.

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