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Mets Fall to First Place Phils 10-0

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Ryan Howard, Hunter Pence

Cliff Lee is such a perfectionist that he nitpicks even the minor stuff.

Lee threw seven sharp innings, John Mayberry Jr. and Hunter Pence each hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 10-0.

The Phillies rocked Dillon Gee (11-5) to earn their major league-best 82nd win. They have a comfortable lead over Atlanta in pursuit of their fifth straight NL East title.

Lee (14-7) allowed three hits, walked three and struck out seven. The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner is 4-0 with a 0.58 ERA this month

Still, he isn’t entirely satisfied.

“I walked a few guys and hit a batter. Not happy about that,” Lee said. “But, they didn’t cross the plate.”

What bugs him the most about walks?

`It’s just giving a guy a free base and a chance to score when he didn’t earn it,” Lee said.

David Herndon pitched the last two innings to complete the five-hitter and record Philadelphia’s 17th shutout.

Gee gave up eight runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings, increasing his ERA from 3.92 to 4.37. He is 4-5 since a 7-0 start.

The Mets have lost four in a row and 16 of 21.

“We’re not hitting and not pitching,” manager Terry Collins said. “That’s a bad combination.”

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