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He's 0-3 with a 7.13 ERA in the last three outings.
On a chilly night when game-time temperature was 50 degrees, Lee was the only starter in short sleeves.
Maybe he got cold.
"Any time I got a 4-0 lead in the first or second, I feel I have the game well in hand," Lee said.
Clinging to a 4-3 lead, Lee got the first two outs in the sixth. Then Theriot lined a two-out double to left and Jay followed with an opposite-field single to left. Theriot slid home safely ahead of Raul Ibanez's high throw to tie it at 4.
Down 4-0, the Cardinals started their rally in the fourth. Berkman walked and Yadier Molina hit a one-out infield single. Theriot sliced an RBI double down the right-field line and Jay followed with an RBI single to get St. Louis within 4-2.
Jay advanced to second on the throw to the plate, and Carpenter was pulled for pinch-hitter Nick Punto. Lee fired a 92 mph fastball by Punto for the second out.
But Rafael Furcal followed with a line-drive single to left. Theriot scored and Jay came rumbling around the bases. Ibanez made a perfect one-hop throw and the ball arrived along with Jay. He slammed into Ruiz, his left forearm knocking the stocky catcher backward. But Ruiz held to temporarily prevent the tying run from scoring. Lee, backing up the plate, pumped his fist while Ruiz calmly picked up his mask and jogged to the dugout.
"I was hoping that throw to the plate would shift momentum to our side," Phils manager Charlie Manuel said.
Carpenter, the 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner, allowed four runs and five hits in three innings. It was the shortest outing of the season for Carpenter, who led the NL with 237 1-3 innings pitched this year.
The bullpen bailed him out.
Fernando Salas retired all six batters he faced, and Octavio Dotel set down five in a row. Marc Rzepczynski gave up a two-out single to Rollins in the seventh, ending a streak of 15 straight batters retired. Rzepczynski left after hitting Chase Utley to start Philadelphia's eighth.
Mitchell Boggs came in and got Hunter Pence to ground into a forceout. Arthur Rhodes replaced him and struck out Ryan Howard. Then it was Motte's turn.
Both teams had issues with plate umpire Jerry Meals, and Cardinals manager Tony La Russa criticized the strike zone during the telecast.
"It's not a great comment to make, but I was upset," La Russa said. "I've never had a problem with Jerry before ever."
Crew chief Jerry Layne deferred comment to Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's executive vice president of baseball operations or Peter Woodfork, the senior vice president of baseball operations.
"My job is to make sure that I have no comment," Layne said. "It's only right that Major League Baseball is informed of what's going on, and if there's really a comment that should be made, it should come out of Joe Torre or Peter Woodfork. That's why they're in the titles that they carry."
The Phillies, who overcame a 3-0 first-inning deficit in Game 1, took a 3-0 lead in the first in this one.
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