By Sean Greene 9:58pm, May 14, 2013 - Updated 6:00am, May 15, 2013
VIDEO: Charlie Manuel on the first 40 games. PHOTO: Kevin Fransden slugs a 1st inning home run (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Jonathan Pettibone pitched solidly into the 7th inning and Kevin Frandsen hit his 2nd home run of the season as the Phillies defeated Cleveland 6-2 at Citizens Bank Park Tuesday night.
The Phillies' rookie starter gave up a 2-run single to Michael Brantley in the 2nd inning, but otherwise let his fielders do the work by going 6 2/3 innings giving up just 4 hits while striking out 3 batters. He did give up 2 walks and hit two batters, but improved to 3-0 on the season.
Frandsen opened the scoring in the first inning by narrowly clearing the right field fence for a solo home run against Indians' starter Scott Kazmir.
After Brantley gave the Indians the advantage, the Phillies came back in the 4th inning with 2 runs courtesy of a double into the left-centerfield gap by John Mayberry Jr., who was making his second appearance in the 8th spot in the lineup this season.
Dom Brown tacked on an insurance run by lasering a leadoff home run out to right field to push the game to 4-2.
The Indians made a push in the 8th inning thanks to a Asdrubal Cabrera triple to start the inning off of Antonio Bastardo. After Nick Swisher struck out looking and Carlos Santana walked to put runners at the corner, Charlie Manuel inserted Justin De Fratus into the game. He forced Mark Reynolds to pop out, and then Jeremy Horst came into the game to face Brantley. Horst got the better of the matchup getting a strikeout to a rousing ovation from the announced crowd of 39,689 fans.
Carlos Ruiz singled with one out in the 8th inning, and ended up scoring on a Mayberry Jr. single after he reached second on a wild pitch. Freddy Galvis entered the game as a defensive replacement, but finished the scoring by driving in Mayberry with an RBI single.
Jonathan Papelbon entered the game in a non-save situation in the 9th, but worked out of it to end the game and cool off Cleveland who had won 12 of their last 16 games coming into the game.
Mayberry improved to 5-for-9 with 3 RBI in his 2 starts in the 8th position this season, while Fransden finished 1-for-1, being hit twice, and a successful sacrifice bunt.
The Phillies will look to push their winning streak to a season-high four games when they wrap up the brief two-game series Wednesday afternoon at 1:05. Cole Hamels (1-5) is scheduled to face Cory Kluber (2-2).
NOTES: The Phillies last 16 home runs have been solo shots... Brown has 5 home runs over his last 16 games... The Phillies have won 9 straight games when they've scored 4-plus runs, and are 14-4 in such games this year. They are 5-17 in the other games... Fransden was hit by pitches in the 3rd and 5th innings, the first time in his major league career he was beaned in consecutive place appearences.
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