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Utley's 3-run shot lifts Phillies over Astros 10-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 6, 2014 at 10:08 pm •  Published: August 6, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies got some major production out of the middle of their order on the way to an easy win.

Chase Utley hit a three-run homer, and Ben Revere had four hits, including a triple, to lead the Phillies to a 10-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.

Ryan Howard had two hits and two RBIs with a double for Philadelphia, which had scored just two runs in 35 2-3 innings entering Wednesday. The Phillies topped the Astros 2-1 in 15 innings on Tuesday night.

Utley, Howard and Marlon Byrd — the Phillies' Nos. 3-5 hitters — had five hits and six RBIs.

"It makes a big difference all the way around," Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg said. "That becomes contagious."

David Buchanan (6-5) was called up again to replace Cliff Lee, who is on the disabled list for a second time because of a left elbow strain sustained last Thursday.

Buchanan, whose strategy was to get ahead of hitters, gave up three runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings with five strikeouts and no walks. He filled in for Lee during the left-hander's previous two-month stint on the DL, but made his last three starts in the minor leagues.

"Steady, gave us a chance to win," Sandberg said. "He doesn't get rattled out there. He hangs in there."

Brad Peacock (3-8) struggled in his first big-league start since being sent to the minors to work on his fastball command. He allowed eight runs and seven hits in five innings, and lost his third straight start.

The right-hander had an 18.00 ERA in his previous two starts with the Astros, which landed him in Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The Phillies jumped on Peacock in the first inning for five runs and four hits, highlighted by Howard's two-run double. Buchanan drove in the final run of the frame with his first major-league hit in his 18th at-bat.

"I couldn't get into a groove," Peacock said. "I was probably working a little too quick. I was a little amped up."

Utley's homer in the fourth gave Philadelphia an 8-2 lead.

"It was a bad pitch to Utley, but after that I felt great," Peacock said. "But the numbers are the numbers."

Houston scored in the first inning on Jon Singleton's RBI groundout, in the fourth on Jake Marisnick's sacrifice fly, and in the seventh on Jose Altuve's groundout.

Altuve had two hits with an RBI, giving him his major league-leading 48th multi-hit game.

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Astros right-hander Colin McHugh (4-9, 3.32) faces Phillies right-hander Roberto Hernandez (6-8, 3.87) as the teams wrap up their three-game set on Thursday night. Hernandez will be trying for his third straight win after allowing just two earned runs in 15 innings over his last two starts. McHugh, who will be making his first career start against the Phillies, entered Wednesday ranked fifth in the AL in opponents' batting average (.203) and second in strikeouts per nine innings (10.14).

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