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Buchanan, Revere star as Phillies win

PHILADELPHIA -- David Buchanan was efficient in his major-league debut and Ben Revere played as if he wants to seize the center-field job.

Together it added up to a 5-3 Phillies win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday afternoon before 32,287 at Citizens Bank Park.

Buchanan allowed two earned runs on five hits in five innings, striking out two and walking none while throwing 66 pitches to earn his first big-league win. Among the most pleasant surprises in spring training when he had a 2.25 ERA in five appearances, Buchanan got called up from Lehigh Valley after Cliff Lee was placed on the 15-day disabled Tuesday with a left-elbow strain.

Manager Ryne Sandberg has been mixing and matching, looking for somebody to take control of center field. A day after Revere made a base-running gaffe by not being in position to tag up on a flyout to left field, he went 4 for 4 with three runs and an RBI. It tied a career high for hits in a game, the ninth time he has achieved that total.

After Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis dropped a foul pop-up by Chase Utley in the first inning, the Phillies second baseman made him pay for his mistake by hitting a two-run home run off starter Dan Haren to right field. It was Utley's first homer since April 13.

Utley hit an 85-m.p.h. cutter for his fourth home run this season, driving in Revere, who led off the first with a double down the first-base line. Because of Ellis' error, both first-inning runs were unearned. Haren threw 33 pitches in the frame.

Despite their high payroll, the Dodgers are an inconsistent offensive team. They were hurt even more when shortstop Hanley Ramirez was scratched from the starting lineup with soreness in his left calf.

Carlos Ruiz and Cesar Hernandez opened the Phillies second inning by drawing walks. Ruiz, however, was picked off second by catcher Ellis after Buchanan missed on a bunt attempt. Buchanan did sacrifice Hernandez to second, and the Phillies then got RBI singles by Revere and Jimmy Rollins.

The Dodgers scored in the fourth on an RBI groundout to first by Carl Crawford and added another run on Dee Gordon's two-out RBI single in the fifth.

Revere led off the Phillies fifth by hitting a slow roller to Haren, who charged it and threw wide of first. That allowed Revere to go to third. He was given a hit and Haren was charged with a two-base error. Rollins drove him in with a groundout to short, increasing the lead to 5-2.

Yasiel Puig greeted reliever Jake Diekman in the sixth with a long fly to right that Marlon Byrd appeared to have with his back up against the wall, but the ball hit the wall before it hit his glove. It was originally ruled an error but changed to a triple.

Puig scored an unearned run on a two-out passed ball by Ruiz.

Phillies leftfielder Domonic Brown left the game after striking out in the sixth inning. Brown appeared to be in pain after his final swing and the Phillies said he had mid-back spasms and was day-to-day.

The Phillies bullpen was effective.

Diekman allowed just the one unearned run in two innings, Mike Adams pitched a scoreless eighth, and Jonathan Papelbon secured Buchanan's win by earning his 13th consecutive save with a scoreless ninth inning. Papelbon struck out pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke with runners on first and second to end the game.

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