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Phillies OF John Mayberry Jr.

Phillies OF John Mayberry Jr.

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Mayberry, Orr carry Phillies past Pirates 

March 12

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Phillies raced out to an early lead with a pair of four-run innings against the Pirates on Saturday, and then coasted to an 11-4 split-squad victory over Pittsburgh at McKechnie Field.

Four Phillies batters enjoyed multi-hit games, including Pete Orr, who tripled to lead off the first and fourth innings. Singles by John Mayberry Jr. and Raul Ibanez helped Philadelphia jump out to a 4-0 lead before the Pirates first came to bat. Wilson Valdez also singled during the frame.

All four of those runs came off Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf, whose day ended after he was unable to retire the first two hitters he faced in the third. Ohlendorf walked three, allowed five hits and committed an error when he couldn’t hold on to a feed from Lyle Overbay while covering first.

“I wanted to throw inside to the lefties quite a bit,” Ohlendorf said. “I threw more balls than I would have liked to. I was trying to throw inside. The main problem was I wasn’t commanding my fastball as well as I needed to. In particular, I was leaving it up in the zone.”

Ohlendorf was relieved by Aaron Thompson, who also gave up four runs on five hits. All those runs came in the fourth, an inning in which the Phillies sent nine batters to the plate.

Back-to-back triples by Orr and Ross Gload got the Phillies rolling in the inning. Brandon Moss drove home two with a one-out double before Mayberry Jr. collected his third RBI of the day with another single. The center fielder doubled two innings later to cap a three-hit day.

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Kendrick allows first spring runs in Phils’ loss

March 12

CLEARWATER, Fla. — David Price hurled five strong innings, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out six to lead the Rays to a 6-2 win over the Phillies on Saturday.

The Phillies had a split squad Saturday with half the team in Bradenton, Fla., playing the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick, who is competing for a bullpen job, started against the Rays. He retired the first eight batters he faced — all eight outs coming on groundouts and strikeouts — before running into trouble in the third and fourth innings.

Rays shortstop Reid Brignac hit a two-out single to left field in the third inning and Ben Zobrist followed with a two-run home run to right to make it 2-1. Johnny Damon followed Zobrist with a solo homer to right to make it 3-1.

It got worse for Kendrick in the fourth. He allowed a leadoff double to Matt Joyce and two batters later allowed a two-run homer to Dan Johnson to make it 5-1.

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