MIAMI – Cliff Lee failed to make it out of the fifth inning in his worst start of the season Friday night and the Phillies were manhandled, 6-2, by the Miami Marlins.
The Phils (36-43) are a season-worst seven games under .500.
Lee is 0-5 for the season. The Phillies are 3-10 in his 13 starts.
The Phillies, sitting in last place in the NL East, have lost three in a row. They entered the night nine games behind first-place Washington in the division.
The Phils are 9-18 in June. Their starting pitchers have a 5.04 ERA in the month.
Starting pitching report
Lee was hit hard. He gave up 10 hits, including four doubles, in 4 2/3 innings. Lee finished the month of June 0-3 and gave up 22 earned runs in 32 1/3 innings for an ERA of 6.02. Last June, he went 5-0 and allowed one earned run in 42 innings for an 0.21 ERA.
Josh Johnson (5-5) held the Phils to one run over six innings. He walked two and struck out six.
Raul Valdes pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the Phils.
Edward Mujica, Mike Dunn and Ryan Webb closed it out for the Marlins.
At the plate
Hunter Pence homered in the fourth and singled home a run in the ninth. The Phils were just 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position.
Justin Ruggiano doubled home two runs for the Marlins in the fifth.
In the field
Lee let a grounder go through his legs in the first inning, costing him a run.
Ryan Howard was 1 for 2 with a single and a strikeout for Single A Lakewood on Friday night. He played five innings at first base (see story)
Good news on Roy Halladay. He threw a bullpen session Friday and appears to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from a lat strain (see story)
Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.03) opposes Mark Buehrle (6-8, 3.55) on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is 4:10 p.m.