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PHILADELPHIA -- The second game of the Philadelphia Phillies-Los Angeles Dodgers' three-game Memorial Day weekend series pitted a three-time All-Star and 12-year Major League veteran against a 25-year-old making his MLB debut.

It was Phillies rookie David Buchanan who looked much more comfortable on the mound, however, as the young right-hander bested the Dodgers' Dan Haren in a 5-3 Philadelphia win on Saturday afternoon.

Buchanan was strong from the outset, getting through a 1-2-3 first inning in eight pitches. He needed just 29 pitches in the first three innings, and his team supplied him with a solid early lead.

Two batters after Phillies center fielder Ben Revere's first double of the season began the home half of the first inning, second baseman Chase Utley smashed a two-run shot to right field to give the home team an early lead. Utley's fourth homer of the season came just one pitch after Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis dropped a foul popup close to the Phillies' on-deck circle.

An inning later, Revere's two-out single scored shortstop Cesar Hernandez. Revere advanced to second on the throw and scored a batter later thanks to a Jimmy Rollins RBI single that made it 4-0.

Revere finished the game 4-for-4 with three singles and a double to raise his average to .289. He also scored three runs in a game for the first time since the 2012 season.

Buchanan finally encountered some trouble in the fourth inning, when he allowed base hits to the first two batters, but only gave up one run while retiring the next three men up.

The Dodgers tacked on a run in the fifth on a two-out RBI single from second baseman Dee Gordon.

That would be all for Buchanan, who finished giving up two runs (both earned) in five innings and striking out two without issuing a walk. He threw just 66 pitches in his Philadelphia debut, which were about as many as Haren needed to get through the first three innings.

Philadelphia relievers Jake Diekman, Mike Adams and Jonathan Papelbon allowed one unearned run in four innings, with Papelbon throwing a scoreless ninth for his 13th save of the season.

The Phillies improved their record to 21-25 but are still looking up at the rest of the National League East.

The loss dropped LA's record to 4-4 on its nine-game road trip, which concludes Sunday with the finale at Citizens Bank Park. After that, the Dodgers return to Chavez Ravine for a 10-game homestand against Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and the Chicago White Sox.

NOTES: Phillies RHP David Buchanan became the first player from Georgia State University to make it to the major leagues. He was a non-roster invitee to spring training this year. ... The Phillies are 32-25 against Los Angeles since the 2008 season, which is the best mark any National League team has against the Dodgers during that span. ...Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig continued his hot May, going 2-for-4 with a triple. He entered Saturday with a .772 slugging percentage this month.
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