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Buchanan, Utley lead Phils over Dodgers

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 24, 2014 at 5:51 pm •  Published: May 24, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When David Buchanan walked into the manager's office after a rough outing in the minors, he didn't expect to leave a major leaguer. Buchanan sure pitched like he belonged in his debut.

The 25-year-old righty threw five effective innings, Chase Utley hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 Saturday.

Filling in for injured ace Cliff Lee, Buchanan (1-0) gave the struggling Phillies a lift. He allowed two runs and five hits, striking out two.

He was pulled after one inning and four runs in his last start at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. A couple days later, manager Dave Brundage and pitching coach Ray Burris met with him to make sure he was fine.

"After 15 minutes, I was walking out when (Brundage) said: 'Are you going to be ready when Chooch (Carlos Ruiz) calls for a fastball?'" Buchanan said. "I stopped and he said it again. I was like, 'Are you serious?'"

Buchanan, who grew up a Braves fan in Georgia, had more than 15 family and friends in the crowd, including his parents.

"This is what I thought about since I was a kid," he said. "I'm overwhelmed with emotions. It's so humbling that so many people took the time out, got plane tickets and were here to see me."

Ben Revere went 4 for 4 in his first game leading off since May 14 and Jimmy Rollins drove in two runs to help the Phillies snap a three-game losing streak.

Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth for his 13th save in 14 tries.

Dodgers starter Dan Haren (5-3) gave up five runs — two earned — and six hits, striking out seven in six innings.

Buchanan retired the first three batters he faced on grounders before the Phillies gave him a quick lead in the bottom half.

One pitch after catcher A.J. Ellis dropped his foul pop, Utley drove one out to right field for a 2-0 lead. Utley ended a homerless drought of 127 at-bats, dating to April 13.

"I just missed it," Ellis said. "It was a bad play by me and it cost us the game."

Revere started Philadelphia's first with his first double since last July 8. One out later, Utley connected. Revere and Rollins hit consecutive RBI singles with two outs in the second to make it 4-0.

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