Milwaukee's bullpen couldn't hold the lead in that contest, though, and its late-inning blunders have been a frustrating trend all year.
Lee seeks his first career victory over the slumping Brewers in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night at Miller Park.
Lee (2-7, 3.85 ERA) began his season with 13 consecutive winless outings before beating the Mets on July 4, and things haven't been much better since.
The left-hander allowed four runs and 10 hits - including a three-run homer - in seven innings of a 4-1 loss to St. Louis on Saturday.
Lee, who surrendered three home runs in his previous start, has given up 19 in 140 1-3 innings - one more than he allowed over 232 2-3 frames in 2011. He hasn't yielded this many homers since allowing 29 with Cleveland in 2006.
"I don't know what my home run numbers were or are this year, I just know ... I need to be more down in the zone and induce more ground balls," Lee told the Phillies' official website. "When they're hitting the ball in the air, that's not good for me."
That was especially true the last time he faced the Brewers. Lee tied career highs by allowing 12 hits and four home runs while giving up a season high-tying six runs in seven innings July 24, though Philadelphia rallied to win 7-6 after he'd left the game.
Lee is 0-1 with a 5.54 ERA in four career starts versus Milwaukee. He and Philadelphia (54-63) will both look to get back on track after the Phillies lost 9-2 to Miami on Wednesday. Ty Wigginton homered and had an RBI single, but the Phillies had their three-game winning streak snapped.
Philadelphia won three consecutive 7-6 games in sweeping its series with Milwaukee from July 23-25. The Brewers blew each of their three save opportunities in that series, and Jim Henderson gave up two runs in the ninth to blow another chance in Wednesday's 7-6 loss at Colorado.
Milwaukee (52-64) has lost dropped five of six with the bullpen converting one of three save chances in that stretch, and its 23 blown saves are the most in the majors."We play pretty good baseball and then give it up at the end," manager Ron Roenicke said.
Ryan Braun , who is hitting .143 over his last 10 games, was held out of the lineup Wednesday at his urging. It's unclear if the slumping slugger will play Thursday as the Brewers look to help Marco Estrada end a nearly year-long winless drought.
Estrada (0-5, 4.36) hasn't won since beating Pittsburgh last Aug. 23. He's gone 14 straight starts and 28 overall appearances without a victory after allowing four runs in four innings of Milwaukee's 6-5, 10-inning loss to Houston on Saturday.
In his only career start against the Phillies, the right-hander allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings of the Brewers' loss in the series finale last month. He has no record, a 7.84 ERA and a blown save in one start and six career relief appearances versus Philadelphia.
|August 13, 2012||Nate Schierholtz||15-Day DL||Fractured right big toe|
|August 03, 2012||Carlos Ruiz||15-Day DL||Plantar fasciitis, left foot|
|July 23, 2012||Placido Polanco||15-Day DL||Lower back inflammation|
|July 09, 2012||Raul Valdes||15-Day DL||Strained right hip|
|July 09, 2012||Raul Valdes||15-Day DL||Strained right hip|
|June 25, 2012||Brian Schneider||15-Day DL||Sprained right ankle - out 3-5 weeks|
|July 29, 2012||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Sore left wrist|
|July 17, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Right thigh strain|
|June 15, 2012||Shaun Marcum||60-Day DL||Right elbow tightness|
|June 02, 2012||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left quadricep|
|May 31, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Tight Achilles|
|May 28, 2012||Jonathan Lucroy||15-Day DL||Fractured right hand, out 4-6 weeks|
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- No one was happier to see Cliff Lee leave the game than Milwaukee's Corey Hart , and did he ever make the Philadelphia Phillies pay.
Hart had struck out three times against Lee on Thursday night, but he hit a grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning off reliever Josh Lindblom and the Brewers beat the Phillies 7-4.
Lee was removed after an error with two outs in the eighth kept the inning alive. Lindblom (2-3) entered the game and loaded the bases before Hart hit a 2-2 pitch just over the wall in right to snap Milwaukee's three-game losing streak.
"It was a terrible night, now it's turned into a great night," Hart said. "Striking out has become part of my repertoire, but big hits, you can't beat it."
With two outs in the eighth, Rickie Weeks was batting and Philadelphia held a 4-3 lead, Lee's 111th pitch was hit to Kevin Frandsen at third, but he made a throwing error to keep the inning alive.
Weeks reached second and Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel summoned Lindblom to face Ryan Braun , who had hit two homers off Lee. Braun was intentionally walked and Aramis Ramirez walked to load the bases.
Domonic Brown couldn't make the leaping catch of Hart's drive. It was Milwaukee's fourth home run of the game after Lee gave up three solo shots but little else.
"He was great tonight," Hart said of Lee. "He, obviously, left up a few balls for our guys to hit. I wasn't one of the guys. He was dominating me. I was happy for him to get out of there.
"Lindblom's been tough, but after the rough night I had I was excited that anybody but Cliff was out there," he said.
Since being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31, Lindblom has given up six earned runs in five innings over seven appearances.
"I haven't made pitches, I haven't executed," Lindblom said. "There's really no excuses other than the fact that you just got to go out and make pitches."
Lee said he understood why Manuel removed him.
"I felt good, but it wasn't really debatable," Lee said. "Charlie came out there and said, `We're going to go with a rightie.'
"Obviously, if he asks me how I feel, what I think, I'm going to tell him I want to keep pitching," he said. "It wasn't really up for debate. He kind of had his mind made up. And considering Braun is 2 for 3 with two home runs, it actually made some sense."
Livan Hernandez (4-1) pitched a scoreless eighth for the victory. Jim Henderson recorded the final two outs for his third save in four chances, getting Erik Kratz to ground out with the bases loaded to end the game.
"I hope it calms down a little bit," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said of his bullpen's inability to record an easy save.
Lee allowed two solo home runs by Braun and a solo homer by Ramirez, but pitched 7 2-3 innings, giving up five hits without walking a batter and striking out 12. He was in line for only his third win in 22 starts until Hart's late heroics.
The homers by Braun and Ramirez allowed the Brewers to open a 3-1 lead, but Philadelphia took the lead on Frandsen's two-out double off Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada in the fifth. The right-hander recorded the first two outs of the inning and then fell apart.
Ryan Howard singled to left, Brown walked and Laynce Nix singled to load the bases. Frandsen, recalled from the minor leagues when Placido Polanco went on the disabled list on July 27, hit a 3-2 pitch to the gap in left-center field, with all runners easily scoring to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead.
Estrada took 108 pitches to get through five innings, giving up four runs, eight hits and three walks while striking out one.
Braun took early batting practice nearly four hours before the game in an attempt to snap out of a 9-for-47 slump with no walks and no home runs in his last 49 plate appearances. The NL MVP hit an 0-2 pitch from Lee off the top of the wall in right-center for his 30th homer that gave Milwaukee a 1-0 lead.
Ramirez followed with a homer to center, his 16th, to make it 2-0.
Philadelphia pulled within 2-1 in the third when Jimmy Rollins scored from third on a fielder's choice.
Braun then hit his second homer of the game in the fourth on an 0-1 pitch, marking his fifth multihomer game this season.
"Their pitchers were able to keep the ball in the ball park and we weren't," Lee said. "That's what it really came down to. Braun hit two home runs off me and Ramirez hit one as well. We've got to do a better job of keeping the ball in the ball park."
Notes: Polanco, out with back inflammation, went 1 for 3 in his first rehab game for Single-A Clearwater. . Thursday's game was the 50th for Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis in his 50-game suspension for using a performance enhancing substance. Galvis will be placed on the 15-day DL on Friday for a lower back injury. . Braun joined Prince Fielder as the only Brewers to have five seasons with at least 30 homers. . Lee has given up 12 home runs in his last six starts.