Phils Lively wins in his debut 5-3; Call up holds Giants to a run and four hits

June 3, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

Philadelphia Phillies’ Ben Lively in action during a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

By Jeremy Kahn

After a series-opening 10-0 victory on Friday night, the San Francisco Giants turned to Johnny Cueto to the mound against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday afternoon.

Unfortunately, it was a pitcher, who was making his major-league debut came out on the winning end.

Ben Lively pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run on four hits, walking three and striking out none and the Phillies hung on to defeat the Giants 5-3 at Citizens Bank Park.

Lively became the first Phillies starter to win a game since Jeremy Hellickson on April 27. Prior to being recalled to the Phillies, Lively was 6-1 with a 2.40 earned run average in Triple-A.

Tommy Joseph tied up the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, as he hit a solo home run to left field.

Phillies centerfielder Odubel Herrera drove in three runs in a four-run seventh inning, helping the Phillies to end their five-game losing streak. It was just the seventh win in the last 33 games for the Phillies, who have the worst record in the major leagues.

Orlando Calixte drove in the first Giants run of the afternoon in the top of the second and that would be the only run that Lively would allow in his major-league debut.

The Phillies scored their final four runs of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Maikel Franco singled to lead-off the inning, and went to third on an Andrew Knapp single that ended Cueto’s afternoon.

Hunter Strickland, who is waiting hear the decision on his six-day suspension came on to replace Cueto and immediately gave up a single to Freddy Galvis to score Franco with the eventual game-winning run. Cesar Hernandez singled and then Herrera doubled to break the game wide open.

Cueto gave up three runs on eight hits, striking out nine and did not walk a batter, as his career record fell to 1-5 against the Phillies.

The Giants scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning, as Brandon Crawford singled and then Aaron Hill singled in Crawford to narrow the Phillies lead down to 5-3. Jeanmar Gomez got Nick Hundley to groundout to end the game.

NOTES: Matt Moore takes the mound for the Giants in the series finale, while Hellickson takes the mound for the Phillies.

Hunter Pence could return to the Giants either on Sunday in the finale, or on Monday in the series opener against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

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