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Lee strikes out 13 in loss
Philadelphia Phillies' Cliff Lee in action a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
FAYETTEVILLE Philadelphia pitcher Cliff Lee turned in his best start of the season Tuesday, but the Phillies still lost to the Braves 1-0.
Lee struck out 13 batters and gave up only one run while pitching a complete game. He scattered 11 hits across nine innings, but the solo home run Lee allowed to Evan Gattis in the fourth inning proved to be the difference.
The loss dropped Lee's record to 2-2 as the left-hander has gotten off to a rocky start this season. His season ERA sits at 4.00.
Since the start of the 2011 season, Lee has struck out at least 12 batters in a game nine times, which leads the MLB.
He also struck out 13 batters in a 1-0 loss to the Braves last season.