Pettibone, Phils trip Indians

The Sports Xchange
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PHILADELPHIA -- Rookie right-hander Jonathan Pettibone has proved to be the ultimate fill-in for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Pettibone, called up in late April after an injury to John Lannan, raised his record to 3-0 by working a career-best 6 2/3 innings Tuesday night as the Phillies beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2.
Pettibone allowed two runs on four hits while striking out three and walking two. He also hit two batters.
"He kept his composure," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He stayed focused on what he was doing. I'd say for this being his first time in the major leagues, he does a tremendous job."
Pettibone said, "I just want to take each start and hope for the best. That's all I can focus on -- doing the job each start."
John Mayberry Jr. went 3-for-4 with three RBIs for the Phillies, who won their third straight. Kevin Frandsen and Domonic Brown hit solo homers.
Pettibone has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his first five starts, the first Phillies rookie to do that since Vance Worley did so from Sept. 6, 2010 to May 24, 2011.
"I thought he did a good job -- unfortunately," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He kept us off-balance. We didn't square up a ton of balls."
Antonio Bastardo, Justin De Fratus and Jeremy Horst combined to pitch 1 1/3 scoreless innings, and Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth.
Brown, who finished 2-for-4, hit his seventh homer of the season leading off the sixth inning. That ended the night for Indians starter Scott Kazmir (2-2), who allowed four runs on six hits in five-plus innings. He struck out three and walked two.
"Stuff-wise, he was fine," Francona said. "I didn't think he quite had the command he had the other day (in a 9-2 victory over Oakland on Thursday)."
Mayberry, who had a two-run double in the fourth inning, added an RBI single in the eighth off reliever Bryan Shaw. Freddy Galvis drove in a run later in the eighth inning with a single off Rich Hill.
Frandsen, who started at second base while Chase Utley was given a rest, lofted a 1-2 pitch from Kazmir just over the left field wall with one out in the bottom of the first for his second homer of the year, opening the scoring.
The Indians regained the lead on a two-run single by Michael Brantley in the top of the second. Cleveland loaded the bases with two outs in the third, but Pettibone retired Mark Reynolds on a pop to second to end the threat.
"It's big, especially to escape with no runs," Pettibone said. "You don't want to dig yourself too big a hole. Getting out of that inning, I was able to build off that."
With one out in the bottom of the fourth, Brown singled and Carlos Ruiz walked. Mayberry then doubled to center to chase them both home and put the Phils ahead 3-2.
"He beat me with changeups," Mayberry said of Kazmir. "I didn't want that to continue to happen. Luckily he left one up, and I hit it hard."
The RBIs were Mayberry's first since April 28, 13 games earlier.
NOTES: Mayberry started in center field in place of Ben Revere, even though Revere was hitting .357 over his previous 11 games. ... Papelbon extended his scoreless streak to 15 2/3 innings, the longest active string in the National League. ... The Phils' last 16 homers have been solo shots. ... Brown has five homers over his last 16 games after managing just two in his first 23. ... Frandsen was twice hit by pitches, the first time that has happened to him in his career. ... On Sunday in Arizona, 1B Ryan Howard doubled home two runs in the 10th inning to give the Phillies a 4-2 victory. It was the 13th time in his career he collected a go-ahead RBI in extra innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The only active players with more go-ahead RBIs in extra innings are Seattle's Raul Ibanez (16) and Miami's Placido Polanco (15), both former Phillies. .... The Indians, who beat the Yankees 1-0 in the first game of a doubleheader Monday, are 10-3 in one-run games. The 10 one-run victories are the most in the American League.

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