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Phillies 7, Astros 1

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Cole Hamels is concerned about his delivery, though it didn't seem like much of a problem Sunday in a 7-1 exhibition victory over the Houston Astros.

The Philadelphia lefty gave up a leadoff double to Tyler Greene in the first inning, then retired 14 straight hitters.

Hamels alllowed one hit in five innings. Brandon Laird was the only other batter to reach against Hamels, drawing a two-out walk in the fifth.

Greene scored Houston's run on a groundball. Hamels struck out one in his fourth spring start.

"At least I was able to build up my pitch count, which was huge," Hamels said, "but I've got to get the timing issue down so I can go seven, eight, nine innings and throw as many pitches as I have to."

Five days after giving up eight runs and 12 hits to a Dominican Republic team tuning up for the World Baseball Classic, Hamels looked more like the pitcher who won a career-high 17 games last season.

"You just keep making adjustments and I was finally able to get a few good pitches there, but it's not as consistent as where I need it to be," he said. "It's just a timing issue. More reps obviously will help."

"I feel strong and that's great, but you want to feel strong and you want your timing to be right on target, too, to pitch effectively. That's kind of where my mind's wandering. I just need to get there and I have a lot of work to do."

Laynce Nix hit his first home run for the Phillies. Freddy Galvis had three straight hits and Erik Kratz hit a two-run triple off Jarred Cosart.

Josh Fields took the loss after Houston starter Brad Peacock worked three shutout innings in his first start.

Peacock had one of the Astros' more impressive outings of the spring while filling in for Lucas Harrell, who has a strained groin. A new sinker has given a confidence boost to the 25-year-old Peacock, who was acquired from Oakland in a trade just before the start of spring training.

"Everybody has always told me I need a sinker and I've always tried, but it just didn't do anything," Peacock said. "This year I just took their advice and it's working good. Hopefully I can keep that pitch going in my next start."

Michael Young had two hits for the Phillies. Chase Utley went 0 for 3 and is hitless in his last 11 at-bats.

"He's just got to get a little mad or something and he'll be OK," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Throw some fits or something."

NOTES: Phillies LF Darin Ruf left in the sixth after being hit on his left arm by a pitch from Cosart. Houston 1B Brett Wallace was replaced after striking out on a pitch that hit his hand. Neither injury was considered serious. ... Erik Bedard, who missed a turn because of tightness in his right gluteal muscle, will get another start for the Astros soon. ... In their first round of cuts, the Astros sent Ps Sam Demel and Rudy Owens to their minor league camp, and reassigned 2B Delino DeShields, OFs Jake Goebbert, Mark Krauss and George Springer and C Chris Wallace.

 
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Philadelphia

F. Galvis
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Houston

T. Greene
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Revere, CF3000000 .325
   a- John Mayberry Jr., PH-CF2000002 .225
Kevin Frandsen, DH5011001 .355
Chase Utley, 2B3000001 .167
    Cesar Hernandez, 2B1100110 .250
Ryan Howard, 1B3000020 .333
    Josh Fields, 1B1000010 .190
Michael Young, 3B3120010 .371
    Yuniesky Betancourt, 3B1011000 .360
Laynce Nix, RF3121001 .231
    Ender Inciarte, RF2000002 .273
Darin Ruf, LF2000011 .188
    Jermaine Mitchell, PR-LF1210000 .444
Erik Kratz, C3112101 .222
Freddy Galvis, SS4132003 .308
Totals37711726  
a-grounded out for Revere in the 6th
Batting
2B - Kevin Frandsen (4, Fields), Michael Young (2, Cosart), Freddy Galvis (5, Oberholtzer)
3B - Erik Kratz (1, Cosart)
HR - Laynce Nix (1, Escalona)
SF - Yuniesky Betancourt (2)
RBI - Kevin Frandsen (5), Yuniesky Betancourt (6), Laynce Nix (5), Erik Kratz 2 (5), Freddy Galvis 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Frandsen (3), Laynce Nix (3), Erik Kratz 2 (2), Freddy Galvis (3)
SB - Cesar Hernandez (2, 2nd base off Cosart/Perez), Jermaine Mitchell (2, 3rd base off Oberholtzer/Perez)
Team LOB - 8
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cole Hamels (W,2-0) 5111110 0.90
Tyler Cloyd (H,1) 1000010 10.80
Zach Miner (H,1) 1000120 10.80
Jeremy Horst (H,2) 1000020 12.00
Justin De Fratus 1000010 7.50
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 22-18, Tyler Cloyd 5-5, Zach Miner 11-7, Jeremy Horst 7-7, Justin De Fratus 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 8-6, Tyler Cloyd 1-1, Justin De Fratus 1-1
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 17, Tyler Cloyd 3, Zach Miner 4, Jeremy Horst 3, Justin De Fratus 3
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Tyler Greene, SS3110010 .120
    Jonathan Villar, SS1000010 .160
Jose Altuve, 2B3000001 .308
    Marwin Gonzalez, 2B1000000 .333
Chris Carter, LF3001020 .207
    Robbie Grossman, CF1000000 .353
Justin Maxwell, CF3000000 .154
    Trevor Crowe, LF0000000 .214
J.D. Martinez, RF2000000 .296
    Jimmy Paredes, RF0000100 .095
Nate Freiman, DH2000000 .269
   a- Fernando Martinez, PH-DH1000011 .368
Brandon Laird, 1B1000100 .375
    Brett Wallace, 1B1000010 .304
    Jason Jaramillo, 1B0000000 .400
Carlos Corporan, C2000001 .375
    Carlos Perez, C1000000 .200
Jose Martinez, 3B3000010 .375
Totals2811127  
a-struck out for Freiman in the 7th
Batting
2B - Tyler Greene (2, Hamels)
RBI - Chris Carter (4)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
PB - Carlos Corporan (2)
E - Jonathan Villar (2, )
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brad Peacock 3200120 6.75
Sergio Escalona (BS,1) 1111011 4.50
Josh Fields (L,0-1) 1211000 2.08
Jarred Cosart 1.2344110 8.22
Hector Ambriz 0.1000000 3.86
Brett Oberholtzer 2311020 3.86
HBP - Ruf (by Jarred Cosart), Fields (by Jarred Cosart)
WP - Jarred Cosart (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Peacock 20-16, Sergio Escalona 6-6, Josh Fields 5-5, Jarred Cosart 18-10, Hector Ambriz 1-1, Brett Oberholtzer 13-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Peacock 4-3, Sergio Escalona 1-1, Josh Fields 2-1, Jarred Cosart 2-2, Hector Ambriz 1-0, Brett Oberholtzer 3-1
Batters Faced - Brad Peacock 12, Sergio Escalona 4, Josh Fields 5, Jarred Cosart 11, Hector Ambriz 1, Brett Oberholtzer 9
Game Information
Attendance - 5013
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Manny Gonzalez