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PHOENIX -- A jolt went through the Philadelphia Phillies clubhouse when the club announced it had traded for Cliff Lee, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner.
Lee couldn't help the Phils in a 4-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
Yusmeiro Petit (1-5) matched a career high with eight strikeouts and won for the first time since Aug. 23, 2008, a span of 11 starts.
"Bottom line was, we just didn't hit him," Phils manager Charlie Manuel said.
Still, the NL East leaders were smiling as they left for San Francisco after winning two of three in the desert. Lee's acquisition bolsters the Phillies as they try to defend their world championship.
"My first thought? Happy we got another pitcher," Manuel said. "He's a good pitcher. He'll help us."
Justin Upton homered and drove in three runs and Chris Snyder added a solo shot for Arizona.
Lee's arrival may cost Philadelphia rookie J.A. Happ (7-2) his spot in the starting rotation. But Happ was relieved to remain with the Phillies after being rumored to be trade bait in recent weeks.
"I'm glad I'm here, that's for sure," Happ said.
With the acquisition of Lee from the Cleveland Indians, Manuel said he would ponder changes to his rotation. Happ made his case to stay, allowing two runs and three hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out five.
"Things happen for a reason," Happ said. "I've been hearing that from a lot of people when all this stuff's been going down. You know, I'm here and trying to do what I can do, so hopefully that means something."
The Phillies lost for only the sixth time in 25 games this month and their NL East lead dropped to six games over Florida.
The Phillies beat All-Star Dan Haren on Tuesday night, but they seemed baffled by Petit, who appeared on his way of the rotation - and possibly the big leagues - as recently as a week ago.
In three of Petit's July starts, the Diamondbacks' opponents had put up football-like scores of seven, 14 and 10 runs. He entered with a 7.68 ERA.
Facing the potent Phillies lineup, Petit gave up a leadoff single to Jimmy Rollins, then cruised. He allowed a single to Raul Ibanez leading off the second before retiring 15 of the next 16 batters, including 13 straight at one point.
Petit allowed four hits in six innings, walking one and striking out eight.
"It feels good, especially against that team," Petit said through an interpreter. "It's a strong and pretty good-hitting club. It makes you feel good about yourself."
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