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Phillies not talking about Lee-Victorino confrontation

ST. LOUIS -- If it's true that winning cures all, then the Phillies' 5-3, 10-inning win over the St. Louis Cardinals Friday night certainly served as a nice Band-Aid for the controversy that stirred in the visiting team's dugout at Busch Stadium.

Phillies not talking about Lee-Victorino confrontation

Cliff Lee allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out seven in seven innings against the Cardinals. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Cliff Lee allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out seven in seven innings against the Cardinals. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

ST. LOUIS -- If it's true that winning cures all, then the Phillies' 5-3, 10-inning win over the St. Louis Cardinals Friday night certainly served as a nice Band-Aid for the controversy that stirred in the visiting team's dugout at Busch Stadium.

Center fielder Shane Victorino and right fielder Hunter Pence each lost balls in the twilight during the bottom of the fourth inning, leading to a run that gave St. Louis a 3-2 lead.

When Cliff Lee returned to the dugout at the end of the inning, the Comcast SportsNet cameras caught the pitcher in the midst of a heated exchange with Victorino.

"They had a little heated words, that's all right," manager Charlie Manuel said after the Phillies won for the second straight night in St. Louis and their third game overall. "Baseball is baseball. It's good sometimes. There's nothing wrong with that. It was no big deal."

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Manuel would not reveal the context of the exchange between Lee and Victorino.

"They just didn't see eye to eye on something," Manuel said. "That stays in here."

Lee, winless in seven starts despite a 2.82 ERA, also refused to discuss the incident.

"It's going to stay between us," he said. "I'm not going to talk about it."

Victorino waved off reporters seeking comment.

The bottom of the fourth started with the Phillies' center fielder immediately losing a David Freese fly ball in the twilight sky. The ball caromed off the top of the center-field wall and by the time Victorino retrieved it, Freese was on his way to third with a triple.

Yadier Molina followed with an RBI single that gave St. Loius a 3-2 lead after they had been down 2-0.

Matt Adams followed with a routine fly ball to right field that Pence could not pick up. The ball dropped in for a single, but Victorino kept the situation from getting worse by gunning down Molina at third base for the first out of the inning.

"I didn't see either one," Pence said. "I didn't see his or mine. It's just that twilight time. There's a good 10 minutes a night where the ball and the sky look the same."

Lee escaped without allowing another run and ended up pitching seven strong innings. He was asked if he was frustrated by the two balls that got lost in the twilight.

"It happens," he said. "Obviously when you have two in one inning, it's tough to see out there. You don't see that very often. It was just a fluky kind of inning. Fortunately, we were able to overcome it and win the game."

 


 


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