PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The San Diego Padres took the right approach to hitting against Cliff Lee. They just couldn't connect often enough.
Eric Stults pitched six effective innings, but the Padres managed just five hits against Lee in a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.
"Our approach to Lee is to swing the bats," manager Bud Black said. "He's going to throw strikes and you've got to take the game to him. He's a strike thrower."
Lee (13-6) allowed two runs, struck out nine and walked one. It was the second straight eight-inning outing and fourth in the last six starts for Lee, who pounded his glove and skipped toward the dugout after fanning Jedd Gyorko to end the eighth.
"As a starting pitcher, that's what you should do," Lee said. "You should try to go as deep in a game as you can. The only way I know how to do that is to throw strikes, don't walk guys and make them swing their way on base. Those are things I constantly focus on."
Gyorko and Tommy Medica homered for the Padres, who had won four in a row. Medica's solo shot in the fifth was his first hit in his major league debut.
"It was pretty awesome," Medica said. "In my first at-bat, my heart was really racing. But then I settled down and felt a lot better. It was really nice getting my first hit for a homer."
Jonathon Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth for his 26th save in 33 chances.
Galvis singled, doubled and homered for Philadelphia, which has won four of five. Galvis also drove in two runs and scored twice.
"I'm just trying to be short to the ball and make a good swing," Galvis said. "Right now it's working."
Stults gave up two runs and six hits. He remains winless in his last 10 starts, going 0-6 with a 5.40 ERA in the dismal stretch.
The left-hander was coming off a season-worst performance when he allowed seven runs in 4 2-3 innings last Wednesday against the Giants.
"It was nice to see Stults bounce back," Black said. "He had a good mix of fastballs and changeups."
Black also was encouraged by Medica.