Friday, April 3, 2015

Revere walk-off homer lifts Phillies past Pirates


By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
April 3 2015, 10:30 PM EST.
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PHILADELPHIA - Ben Revere hit a two-run walk-off home run on Friday night to lift the Phillies past the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park, 7-5.

Jeff Francoeur collected three hits and Cody Asche knocked in two runs in the winning effort.

Trailing by three entering the ninth, Cesar Herandez opened the frame with a double and eventually scored on a throwing error off an Andres Blanco sacrifice bunt attempt. Revere followed two-outs later, hammering an Angel Sanchez fastball over the wall down the right field line.

Aaron Harang started for the Phillies and surrendered four runs on nine hits, failing to escape the fifth inning after throwing 104 pitches. He finishes the spring with a 4.80 ERA.

The Pirates scored a pair of runs in the opening frame before Harang even recorded an out. The Phillies answered with three runs in the bottom of the first off Pirates' starter Jeff Locke. 

Evened at 4-4 in the eighth, Justin De Fratus ran into trouble and eventually surrendered an RBI-single to Corey Hart allowing Jung Ho Kang to score and break the tie. De Fratus allowed four hits over one inning of work.

On Deck: The two clubs will conclude Spring Training on Saturday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. David Buchanan (2-0, 1.69 ERA) is expected to start for the Phillies and oppose Charlie Morton (1-1, 6.46 ERA).

Notes: The Phillies sent RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and has now been removed from the 40-man roster. The Cuban defector signed a $12 million contract in August of 2013 but has yet to demonstrate he belongs in the major leagues. He finished the spring having allowed 25 hits over 14 1/3 innings to go along with a 7.54 ERA.

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