PHILADELPHIA -- The Dodgers entered Monday night's game at Citizens Bank Park hoping that their success over the weekend in Cincinnati, where they scored 20 runs in a pair of wins on Saturday and Sunday, would carry over into Monday night's game against the Phillies.
Unfortunately, that hope was quashed by Phillies starter Cliff Lee, who outdueled an effective Ted Lilly as the Dodgers' brief string of back-to-back wins came to an end in a 3-1 loss. Lee (5-5) struck out 10 and scattered seven hits over seven innings before giving way to the bullpen.
"These are the types of games we play, for the most part," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We just try to scratch through. The big hits, those are the ones that change things. Even [Carlos Ruiz's ninth-inning double to score Philadelphia's third run] was big for them because it changed everything."
"They definitely made me work early," Lee said of the Dodgers. "Honestly, I felt like I didn't have that great of command early in the game. The deeper I got, the better the command came around. I just got lucky [that] the spots I missed didn't happen to be down the middle. The hits they got weren't big hits."
Lilly (4-5) had not fared well in six career starts against the Phillies (36-24), but especially so at Citizens Bank Park, where he held a 7.16 ERA in three career starts, having allowed 13 runs on 15 hits in just six innings. That said, this Phillies team is not the same offensive juggernaut of the past several seasons, and Lilly worked an effective six innings, allowing just a pair of runs on five hits.
"I don't look at it like that -- I don't take anything necessarily into my next start," Lilly said. "These are the types of games you embrace and want to win. I'm not going out to pitch a certain amount of innings with a certain amount of runs or hits. I just go out to win. That's the bottom line. That's all that matters."
In the third inning, Lilly surrendered his first hit of the game, a leadoff double down the left-field line to Wilson Valdez. Lee laid down a sacrifice bunt, and leadoff batter Shane Victorino walked, setting up an RBI single to center by Placido Polanco that scored Valdez and left runners on second and third. After a lineout by Chase Utley, Victorino and Polanco took off on a 1-1 pitch to Ryan Howard, and Victorino easily scored from second on Howard's single through the right side of the infield.
Lee, meanwhile, battled through a pair of jams and the Dodgers (28-33) were unable to break through against the veteran lefty. In the sixth, the Dodgers' frustrations came through when Casey Blake got called out on strikes for the second time in as many at-bats and was tossed by home-plate umpire Mark Carlson.
"Cliff's a friend of mine, and obviously, you don't want him to get the better of you," Blake said. "But then, when you have a guy helping him out, it's even harder."
The Dodgers' first big chance came in the first inning after Jamey Carroll, who went 3-for-4 against Lee, and Aaron Miles (2-for-4) reached on a pair of singles. Marcus Thames, fresh off a stint on the disabled list, hit into a double play and Matt Kemp (0-for-4 with two strikeouts) struck out to end the threat.
Carroll and Miles hit back-to-back singles in the fifth with two outs, but Thames struck out to end the threat.
"We lost tonight, so what does three hits really mean?" Carroll said. "Two of the hits I got were luck. I got one good swing on him, I felt. The two were swinging bunts."
Mike Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.