ATLANTA - Cliff Lee allowed two hits in eight scoreless innings and the Philadelphia Phillies scored twice in the second inning to win their first game of the season with a 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.
Lee didn't win his first game last year until July 4, but the former Cy Young Award winner out-pitched Kris Medlen with temperatures in the low 40s and a light mist falling most of the game.
Philadelphia scored two runs in the second on Ben Revere's fielder's choice RBI and Chase Utley's sacrifice fly RBI.
After Lee watched Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay lose the first two games by a combined 16-7 score, the left-hander walked none and struck out eight in 106 pitches to give the Phillies' renowned threesome a big lift.
Lee left for pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis in the ninth. Jonathan Papelbon earned his first save.
The Phillies return to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia for their home opener against the Kansas City Royals on Friday afternoon.
Right-hander Kyle Kendrick will start for the Phillies; right-hander Wade Davis will make his debut start for the Royals. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.
This will be Kansas City's second visit to Philadelphia since the 1980 World Series. The Royals dropped two of three at Citizens Bank Park in 2004.
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