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CIN@PHI: Lee fans seven, holds Reds to two runs

While most fans remember the Phillies-Marlins game on May 5 as the day Philadelphia's Roy Halladay surrendered nine runs in less than three innings, Miami's Kevin Slowey quietly had his best outing of the season.

In his only win of 2013, Slowey kept the Phils scoreless for seven innings and gave up just two hits while he recorded seven strikeouts. Since that start, however, Slowey has allowed a combined 11 runs in two outings and has not lasted more than 4 2/3 innings as his record has dipped to 1-4.

In the rubber match of a three-game set Wednesday night, the Phillies may be a welcome sight for the 29-year-old right-hander. Slowey has a 3.44 ERA in nine starts, but Philadelphia has only one run off him in 12 1/3 innings.

"He's given us plenty of chances to win ballgames," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said of Slowey. "He's had a couple of rough outings, but ... he's the same guy. He understands his game. He's been around long enough. He knows what he's got to do, and he'll just continue to go out there and keep battling."

Cliff Lee will get the start for the Phillies, looking to build on a streak of three consecutive quality starts.

Lee has gone at least seven innings in his last three outings and has allowed no more than two earned runs in any of those starts. Though Lee gave up three hits and walked two in the first two innings against the Reds on Friday, he settled down and struck out seven in seven frames.

"Fortunately, I was able to get out of a couple of jams there, not give up any runs," Lee said. "I really got lucky, they should have scored a couple in the first couple innings."

Phillies: Howard back in lineup, Utley scratched
While one of the club's star left-handed hitters returned Tuesday, another was pulled out of the lineup less than an hour before the first pitch.

Ryan Howard was back in his usual cleanup spot after missing two games with inflammation in his left knee, but Chase Utley was a late scratch due to discomfort in his right side. The team said Utley received treatment and will be reevaluated Wednesday.

The second baseman is hitting .272 with seven homers and 27 RBIs. Freddy Galvis took over for Utley in manager Charlie Manuel's lineup for his third straight start. Galvis went 1-for-5 on Tuesday and is hitting .277 this year.

Howard received a cortisone injection in his knee Monday, but he was back in the lineup Tuesday and was productive. The first baseman went 3-for-5, drove in three runs and scored twice.

"If I'm playing, obviously it feels pretty good," Howard said before Tuesday's contest. "But you take it one day ... that's why they call it day by day. Today I'm playing, so we'll see how it feels. It feels all right right now."

Marlins: Webb's scoreless streak comes to a halt
The 17 1/3-innings scoreless streak of reliever Ryan Webb was snapped Tuesday.

Webb surrendered two runs -- both earned -- on three hits in one inning and saw his ERA rise to 2.08. It was the first time Webb allowed a run since April 17, when he gave up one run on two hits in a 6-1 loss to the Nationals.

His scoreless streak was the longest in the National League, but that mark now belongs to Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon has not allowed a run in 16 2/3 innings, and has eight saves.

Worth noting
• The Phillies tied their season high in hits Tuesday with 15.

• Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere was in the lineup for the third game in a row after not starting for four straight games last week. Revere is 6-for-13 in his last three games.

• Marlins starter Jose Fernandez allowed one run in five innings Tuesday in a no-decision. The 20-year-old has a 0.50 ERA in three starts against the Phillies and a 4.94 ERA in his six other starts. Comments