Hunter Pence homered for the second straight game, and Cliff Lee got his sixth straight win Wednesday night, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds that took them to a new high point.
The NL East leaders are a season-best 40 games over .500, boasting the majors' best record at 86-46.
Lee (15-7) extended the Phillie starters' domination, coming within one out of his sixth shutout. He left with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth. Ryan Madson retired Yonder Alonso on a foul pop for his 25th save in 27 chances.
The Phillies' second straight shutout gave them 19 this season, most in the majors.
Pence homered off left-hander Dontrelle Willis (0-4), the Reds' hard-luck starter.
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