ATLANTA (AP) - Cliff Lee will have another shot at the Atlanta Braves. He only wishes it could come soon.
Lee struggled through a rare short outing while giving up six runs as Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves rallied for a 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
Lee (1-1) couldn't hold an early 3-0 lead as the Braves scored three runs in the second and then knocked the left-hander out of the game with three in the fourth.
``I think more than anything they just had a good day hitting,' Lee said.
Lee lasted only 3 1-3 innings, giving up 10 hits and six runs with a walk and one hit batter. He struck out three in his shortest start since Sept. 4, 2009, when he lasted only three innings for Philadelphia in a 7-0 loss at Houston.
``I hit a guy, but other than that they earned every run they got,' Lee said.
``I'd like to go pitch to them again right now, but I can't do that. Now I've got to get ready for the Nationals.'
After the weekend series in Atlanta, the Phillies open a series at Washington on Tuesday. Lee's next start is scheduled for Thursday.
``We're gonna have some games like that,' Manuel said of Lee and the Phillies' vaunted starting rotation, which features Cy Young winner Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels . ``Once we get consistent we'll be fine. Our pitching's definitely gonna be fine.'
Manuel said Lee's motion was a little off.
``I felt like his (arm) angle wasn't real good,' Manuel said. ``He was up mostly all night. It was hard to get his breaking ball over.
``He has a game like that every once in a while.'
Jones hit a go-ahead, three-run double in the fourth inning off Lee. Jones had two hits, giving him 2,500 for his career.
Tim Hudson (2-0) spotted the Phillies three runs before finishing strong. He gave up eight hits and two earned, with no walks in 7 2-3 innings.
The Braves won in the home debut for first-year manager Fredi Gonzalez, who caught the pregame first pitch from his predecessor, Bobby Cox.
Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his third save, striking out former Braves utility man Pete Orr to end the game.
Martin Prado, who had three hits, and Alex Gonzalez had run-scoring doubles for Atlanta in the second. Jason Heyward led off the inning with a triple.
Hudson found trouble and bad luck in the first inning. Shane Victorino led off the game with a single that bounced off second base. Placido Polanco followed with a single to shallow left but was forced out at second on a grounder by Jimmy Rollins.
Ryan Howard's sacrifice fly to left field drove in Victorino. Rollins scored from second on Ben Francisco's single to left.
``I'm proud of it,' Hudson said of his hard-fought win. ``It wasn't pretty by any means, but you can't argue with the results.'
Carlos Ruiz led off the second with a single off Hudson's leg and eventually scored on Victorino's grounder for a 3-0 lead.
Jones reached the milestone with a sixth-inning single off Antonio Bastardo. He raised his helmet as the sellout crowd of 51,331 - including Cox and his family - cheered.
Jones is the ninth switch-hitter to reach 2,500 hits. The three RBIs left him with 1,497. If he drives in three more runs, Jones will join Eddie Murray as the only switch-hitters with at least 2,500 hits and 1,500 RBIs.
Before the game, the 38-year-old Jones called 2,500 hits ``a nice round number' but said the milestone is ``not a huge deal.'
NOTES: Bastardo recorded six straight strikeouts after giving up Jones' milestone hit. ... The Braves optioned LHP Mike Minor to Triple-A Gwinnett and purchased the contract of C J.C. Boscan. Minor made a fill-in start in a 5-4 loss at Milwaukee on Wednesday as RHP Jair Jurrjens opened the season on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. Jurrjens will make a rehab start for Gwinnett on Monday and could then return to Atlanta. ... Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalyn, attended the game and sat near Cox's family.
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