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Victorino, Lee argue after defensive miscues

Victorino, Lee argue after defensive miscues

Victorino, Lee argue after defensive miscues
ST. LOUIS -- Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino and starter Cliff Lee got into an argument in the dugout after the fourth inning of a 5-3 victory over St. Louis on Friday night.

The disagreement came after a couple of defensive blunders in the outfield gave the Cardinals the lead.

"That's gonna stay between us," Lee said when asked afterward about the disagreement. "I'm not gonna talk about it."

"They had some heated words. Baseball's baseball," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "That's good sometimes. There's nothing wrong with that. They didn't see eye to eye on something and that stays in here."

The fourth inning began with a ball to deep to center off the bat of David Freese that caromed off the base of the wall. Victorino appeared to be parked underneath it, but that was until he began to backpedal, twisting and turning as he lost the ball in the night sky. Freese cruised into third with a triple.

Freese scored on a Yadier Molina single up the middle. The next hitter, Matt Adams, skied a ball that dropped right in between Victorino and right fielder Hunter Pence. Pence threw his arms to his side, as if to say, "I don't know."

"It happens. Obviously when you have two in one inning, it's tough to see out there," Lee said. "You don't see that very often, but it was kind of a fluky kind of inning. But fortunately we were able to overcome it and win the game."

Lee tossed seven innings on Friday night, allowing three runs on eight hits, but he settled for a no-decision.

Mike Still is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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