- Updated: August 7, 2014
David Buchanan was called up prior to tonight’s game with the Houston Astros. He would start tonight’s game, and provide the Phillies with a quality start in a game that featured some much needed offense.
Buchanan allowed a run in the first inning, but the Phils would rally for five in the bottom of the first.
Ryan Howard notched a two run double to score Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins to put the Phillies ahead 2-1. Walks to Marlon Byrd and Grady Sizemore would load the bases. Howard would score on a wild pitch by Houston starter Brad Peacock.
With the score now 3-1, catcher Wil Nieves hit a sacrifice fly to score Byrd and make it 4-1. Buchanan then helped his own cause with a single to right field that brought Sizemore home, making it 5-1.
The Astros would score their second run in the fourth inning, and again the Phillies answered right back. Buchanan walked with one out, and Rollins would single two batters later. Chase Utley then launched a three run bomb to right field, making it 8-2 Phillies.
Buchanan would allow another run in the seventh inning before departing. He finished with 6.2 innings pitched, three earned runs on nine hits and five strikeouts. He did well offensively as well, going 1-2 with a run batted in and a run scored. He earned his sixth win of 2014 in the process.
The Phils tacked on two more runs, one in the seventh and one in the eighth to eventually win the game 10-3.
Ben Revere upped his season average to .309, going 4-5 tonight with two runs scored. Rollins, Utley and Howard each had two hits apiece. Utley had three runs batted in, while Howard chipped in with two.
The Phillies went 4-8 with runners in scoring position, breaking the game open in the fourth inning with a six run lead.
The bullpen was strong for the second straight game, allowing no runs on one hit in 2.2 innings.
The Phils go for the sweep tomorrow night against the Astros, with Roberto Hernandez on the mound. First pitch 7:05.
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