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Giants' call-ups come through in 7-4 win over Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- On a strange night at Citizens Bank Park, the Giants were saved by two players they called up from the minors earlier in the day.

Right-hander George Kontos got Ryan Vogelsong out of a jam early and first baseman Adam Duvall hit a go-ahead two-run homer as the Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4. The teams combined for 29 hits, the first 21 of which were singles. Vogelsong gave up a career-high 11 hits and recorded only nine outs, but he didn't take a loss.

The Giants and Phillies exchanged long, incomplete rallies in the first three innings, with the visitors taking an early lead on Buster Posey's two-run single. Trailing 3-2, the Phillies loaded the bases in the fourth on two singles and a fielding error. On a 3-2 count, first baseman Ryan Howard checked his swing and inadvertently hit a flare down the left field line, scoring two. That would be it for Vogelsong, but his line didn't take a further hit. In his first game back, Kontos entered and got out of the first-and-third situation with two strikeouts and a fly out.

The first extra-base hit of the night was a two-run homer to straightaway center by Duvall, who was called up to replace Brandon Belt. Duvall's only previous big league homer came in his MLB debut last month. The Giants scored six runs off left-hander Cliff Lee, who returned to the mound after missing two months with a strained elbow. Lee had been 5-0 with a 0.88 ERA in six regular season starts against the Giants.

Starting with Kontos, five Giants relievers combined to throw six shutout innings. They allowed just three hits and struck out five.

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