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Lee remains winless, Phils swept by Rays in DH

Sunday - 6/24/2012, 11:08pm  ET

By ROB MAADDI
AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Cliff Lee isn't going to win many games when he lets a guy batting .093 drive in four runs.

Brooks Conrad ripped a pair of two-run doubles off the winless Lee, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 Sunday night to complete a day-night doubleheader sweep.

"I definitely made some mistakes, and they made me pay for it," Lee said.

Conrad was released by the Brewers after going 3 for 40. The infielder was claimed by the Rays on Thursday and went 3 for 6 with five RBIs in the first weekend with his new team. Conrad's two-out RBI single in the ninth on Saturday cost Jonathan Papelbon his first blown save.

"He's a very aggressive sort," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He's also very eager to play, our type of guy."

Lee (0-4) allowed five runs and six hits in seven innings. The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner hasn't won a game since last Sept. 26, or 273 days ago. Lee is making $21.5 million this year, most on the Phillies.

"He had a streak when he looked super," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We know he could do better."

In the opener, Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Rays held on for a 3-2 victory. David Price became the first AL pitcher to reach 10 wins.

Cole Hamels pitched three-hit ball for seven shutout innings in his first appearance against the Rays since he was the MVP of the 2008 World Series for Philadelphia. But the lefty departed after throwing 111 pitches, and Pena connected off Antonio Bastardo (2-2).

Because of Friday's rainout, the Rays went with a "bullpen" game. Cesar Ramos tossed 2 2-3 hitless innings in his third career start and first since 2009. Wade Davis allowed three runs and three hits in 2 2-3 innings in relief of Ramos. Brandon Gomes (2-2) earned the win with 2 2-3 scoreless innings.

The five-time defending NL East champion Phillies are 6-15 in June. They fell back into last place, a game behind Miami.

The depleted Phillies should be getting some help soon. Chase Utley is scheduled to play for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, and the five-time All-Star second baseman could make his season debut this week. Utley has been sidelined because he has chronic knee problems.

Former NL MVP Ryan Howard is still rehabbing in extended spring training after having surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon last year. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay hasn't pitched since May 27 because of a lat injury.

"This year has been tough for us," Manuel said. "Injuries have accumulated. We're trying to get by until we get healthy. It's going to be tough."

Lee hasn't received much run support this season. He couldn't even get a win when he threw 10 scoreless innings at San Francisco on April 18. But he has also blown three three-run leads. In his last seven starts, Lee has a 5.10 ERA.

Sean Rodriguez hit an RBI double off Lee to put the Rays up 1-0 in the second. Conrad followed by hitting a 3-0 pitch down the left-field line to score two and make it 3-0.

Like most observers, Lee was surprised Conrad had a green light to swing away.

"Yeah, I was surprised to be honest with you but I shouldn't be getting to 3-0," he said.

Placido Polanco hit an RBI double, and John Mayberry Jr. followed with a run-scoring single to get the Phillies within 3-2 in the fourth.

Lee retired the first two batters in the sixth before Ben Zobrist singled and Rodriguez walked. Conrad then hit a double off the top of the fence in right-center to give the Rays a 5-2 lead.

Rodriguez knocked over catcher Brian Schneider on a play at home. Schneider left the game with a right ankle sprain.

Polanco's RBI double in the sixth cut it to 5-3. But the Phillies couldn't score him from third with no outs.

The Rays got two insurance runs in the eighth when B.J. Rosenberg walked four batters. Jake Diekman came in and walked in a run.

Price (10-4) went seven innings in Game 1 and gave up four hits, including Jimmy Rollins' homer in the sixth.

Manuel became testy with the media when questioned about lifting Hamels for Bastardo, as well as explaining his late-game pinch-hitting decisions.

"That's our eighth-inning guy," Manuel said of Bastardo. "I think right now, what you see is the pitchers that we have. That's the ones that we have in our minor leagues and up here. That's what it is."

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