SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ben Revere took leadoff hitting to new heights the past two games and his success has put him into the mix for the NL batting race.
Revere got three more hits Sunday, though the Philadelphia Phillies wasted a few early scoring opportunities and fell to the San Francisco Giants 5-2 on Sunday.
Revere, who had four hits in Saturday's loss, has seven hits in his last 10 plate appearances. He led off an inning eight times in that span, getting six hits.
"It's a good feeling leading off an inning with a hit," said Revere, who said he's never led off so many times in such a short span. "I'm just doing the best I can to get on base ahead of our guys."
Revere recently qualified for the NL leaders and currently ranks second in hitting with his .314 average. Colorado's Justin Morneau leads at .323.
"He's on fire the way he's putting the ball in play," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He's continued to use the whole field and finding holes."
Revere is hitting .376 (70 for 186) since June 26 and leads the majors in hits and average over that span. The batting title is within reach for him.
"If I can it would be a blessing," Revere said. "I just keep going out there one game at a time. I've been this far, I think I can manage the last 40 games."
Chase Utley and Cody Asche drove in runs for the Phillies, who have lost seven of their last nine.
The Phillies stranded seven runners in the first three innings against Giants starter Tim Lincecum (10-8), who needed 76 pitches to get that far.
"Those first three innings with a chance to get more runs and not doing it is frustrating," Revere said. "Lincecum found a way to get out of it. He did his part and we didn't do our part."
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