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FLA@PHI: Lee pitches a two-hit shutout vs. Marlins

In the confines of Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, Cliff Lee has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this season. But when the Phillies hit the road, the former Cy Young Award winner becomes pedestrian.

Lee's home numbers include a 6-1 record and a 1.88 ERA, compared to 1-4 with a 5.35 ERA as a visitor. Both he and the Phillies will be looking to buck that trend Wednesday as he takes the mound in St. Louis against Kyle Lohse and the Cardinals.

What's the reason for Lee's road woes?

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee are in agreement -- the issue is command.

"There might be something about our place that holds his attention better," Dubee said.

Lee has walked only 12 batters in nine starts at home this season. But in just six road starts, the southpaw has also issued 12 free passes, half of which came in his start at St. Louis on May 16. He also allowed six hits but gave up just three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Despite the troubling trend, Manuel isn't expecting anything less than Lee's best on Wednesday.

"I look for him to pitch good every time he goes out," Manuel said.

For the Cardinals, the matchup against Lee will mark the first time they've faced a lefty starter since perennial All-Star Albert Pujols went down with a wrist injury. Obviously, St. Louis would rather have Pujols regardless of who the opponent is, but his absence should be an even bigger challenge when the Redbirds face left-handed pitching.

Mark Hamilton and Jon Jay will likely split the at-bats in Pujols' absence, with Hamilton playing first base when Lance Berkman is in right field and Jay playing right when Berkman is at first. The fact that both Hamilton and Jay are left-handed hitters may be a bit worrisome.

"I think against a left-hander, if it's a day that Lance doesn't play, if it's a certain left-hander, it could be a little bit of a disadvantage," manager Tony La Russa said.

Phillies: Bullpen remains sturdy
• The sacrifice fly surrendered by reliever Michael Stutes on Tuesday was the first run allowed by Philadelphia's bullpen in 17 2/3 innings. The streak was the 'pen's third of at least 10 innings this year.

• Philadelphia bounced back to score 10 runs Tuesday after being shut out in its previous game Sunday against Seattle. The Phillies have been shut out five times this year but have scored a total of 32 runs in the games immediately following those shutouts.

• Philadelphia's nine runs in Tuesday's eighth inning were the most the Phillies have scored in a single frame this season.

Cardinals: Brown could see more time in Pujols' absence
• Cardinals Rookie first baseman and outfielder Andrew Brown -- a right-handed hitter -- could see some more at-bats against left-handers.

"I think [my role] is going to stay the same as it was when I first got here," Brown said. "It's going to be whatever I'm asked to do, whenever it comes. I'll try to be as ready and prepared for it as [I can]. Obviously it's a big blow, and we're going to deal with it day by day and see how things play out."

• Ryan Theriot's 0-for-3 night Tuesday snapped a 13-game home hitting streak, which was the longest such active streak in the National League.

• St. Louis is 14-15 all-time with Pujols on the disabled list.

Worth noting
• The Phillies and Cardinals have the best and second-best records of all NL clubs in games in which they're the last team to score. Philadelphia is 26-7 while St. Louis is 25-7.

• Before Tuesday, St. Louis was the only team that the Phillies were winless against this season. The Cardinals won both games of a two-game series from May 16-17.

• The Phillies are one of three teams St. Louis has a losing record against at new Busch Stadium (Brewers, Giants). The Redbirds are 10-14 at home against Philadelphia since it opened in 2006. Comments