Cliff Lee doesn’t waste much time.

A famously quick worker, Lee spends few seconds in between pitches, a dream for fans of short baseball games. Pitch, get the ball back, repeat.

Lee did nothing Thursday to sully that reputation and wasted no time in breezing through the Atlanta Braves’ vaunted lineup. He threw eight shutout innings on a brisk night at Turner Field, pushing the Phillies to a 2-0 victory, the team’s first win of 2013.

The team flew back to Philadelphia Thursday night, and will open the home slate against the Kansas City Royals at 4:05 p.m. this afternoon. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel joked about the positive momentum heading home.

“We’ve got hope now,” Manuel said with a loud laugh.

The starting pitcher with perhaps the fewest questions surrounding him played his part well Thursday. Lee allowed only two hits in those eight innings of work and struck out eight while walking none.

He consistently fooled a Braves outfit that scored 16 runs in winning the first two games of the series.

“Seemed like the last three innings he even got better,” Manuel said. “He was clicking ... typical Cliff Lee game.”

Lee’s spot in the order came up in the ninth inning, but Manuel decided to pinch hit for Lee in order to try and score more runs. Jonathan Paplebon pitching ninth, earning his first save of the season by sitting the Braves down in order.