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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee throwing during the ninth inning of a baseball game with the Atlanta Braves, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 9-0, Lee won his seventh straight start. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Cliff Lee tossed a five-hitter for his sixth shutout of the season, helping the NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies beat the second-place Atlanta Braves 9-0 on Monday night.
Lee (16-7) struck out six, walked none and needed only 100 pitches to finish off the Braves after falling one out shy of a shutout in his previous start at Cincinnati. The left-hander has won his last seven starts, and hasn't allowed a run in five of those games.
The major league-leading Phillies increased their lead to 8 1-2 games over Atlanta and reduced their magic number for clinching their fifth straight NL East title to just 16 with 25 games remaining.