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Question of the Day
Facing his former team, Happ (1-0) walked four and pitched out of trouble often in his first start of the season. The left-hander was filling in for injured righty Brendan Morrow. Four relievers finished off the seven-hitter.
“I do like coming back here. I’ve got a lot of memories from when I was playing here,” he said. “Overall, I felt good. I just want to get more comfortable so this was a good first step.”
Kyle Kendrick (0-3) lost his eighth straight decision, dating to last season. He gave up three runs and seven hits in seven innings.
The Phillies failed to go two games above .500 for the first time since Oct. 1, 2012. They are 0-4 in those situations this season.
“We just couldn’t get anything going and we had 11 men left on base,” manager Ryne Sandberg said. “We had some opportunities, but couldn’t get a big hit.”
A video review in the eighth inning cost Marlon Byrd an infield single after replay officials overturned a close call at first. Reyes charged the slow roller, barehanded it and his one-hop throw was in time to get Byrd.
Josh Thole’s RBI double to left-center made it 3-0 in the second.
“Anytime you get an early lead, it’s good for your team,” Reyes said. “I always see the ball good here.”
Byrd greeted reliever Esmil Rogers with a triple to start Philadelphia’s sixth. But Byrd was thrown out by right fielder Jose Bautista trying to score on Ryan Howard’s fly out. A video review confirmed the call.
Side-winding lefty Aaron Loup struck out three batters in the seventh, including Chase Utley to strand two runners. Brett Cecil worked the ninth for his second save.
Jimmy Rollins wasn’t in Philadelphia’s starting lineup because he tweaked his right groin in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Washington. Freddy Galvis filled in for him and snapped an 0-for-24 slump with a line-drive single to right in the third. Rollins popped out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.
Happ made his first appearance since April 23. He pitched out of the bullpen three times after starting the season on the disabled list because of a back injury.
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