Ruiz, Asche hit 3-run HRs as Phillies beat Astros

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 8, 2014 at 7:13 pm •  Published: March 8, 2014
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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Ruiz and Cody Asche each hit a three-run homer to send the Philadelphia Phillies past a Houston Astros split squad 11-3 on Saturday.

Asche connected in the fifth inning to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead, and Ruiz's drive in the sixth made it 7-3. John Mayberry Jr. added a three-run double in the seventh, and Philadelphia won for the second time this spring.

"Some offense goes a long way to loosen everyone up," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "It all started with Asche and some good swings — three good swings, three good at-bats. That was good, to get things going."

Astros starter Dallas Keuchel held Philadelphia hitless for three innings. His only baserunner came on a walk, and he struck out two.

Keuchel has been solid in his first two starts this spring, giving up one hit in five shutout innings.

Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez walked four and struck out four in 3 1-3 innings. He allowed one run and two hits in his third start of the spring.

STARTING TIME

Astros: Keuchel is competing for a rotation spot in Houston and has made an outstanding impression thus far.

Phillies: Hernandez didn't display the control he had in his second Grapefruit League start a week ago against the Rays in Port Charlotte. He has a 3.60 ERA this spring and has faced mostly major league hitters.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: Mike Adams threw his second bullpen session of the spring. The reliever is battling back from a litany of shoulder problems that plagued him last season. Adams threw 40 pitches and said his shoulder is feeling fine.

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