Howard homers, but Phillies lose

February 28, 2008 3:49:36 PM PST
Ryan Howard hit his first home run this spring, but Adam LaRoche's shot off Kyle Kendrick helped the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-6 Thursday. Howard drove Brian Bullington's pitch over the right-field fence for a three-run homer in the third inning.

Philadelphia rookie left-handers Joe Savery and Josh Outman had forgettable outings, however. The duo yielded a combined nine earned runs in 2 2-3 innings.

"It was the first time that Savery and Outman have been out, and that's OK," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said about the non-roster invitees. "They have real good arms and they have real good stuff."

Savery, the Phillies' top pick in the amateur draft, squandered a 5-1 lead in the fourth when Josh Wilson hit a two-run single and Nate McLouth followed with a three-run homer.

"It's kind of taking the good with the bad. I know my stuff is good enough," the 22-year-old Savery said.

He allowed five runs and four hits while striking out two and walking one.

"It's just a matter of learning to locate it and not throwing spinners up there," Savery said.

The 23-year old Outman also struggled. In 1 2-3 innings, he allowed four runs and five hits while finishing with two strikeouts.

While the Phillies' young arms endured growing pains, Pittsburgh's spot starter responded in a pinch.

Phil Dumatrait, forced to start when Tom Gorzelanny was scratched with left shoulder tightness, threw two scoreless innings.

"He responded well," Pirates manager John Russell said. "He was a little erratic early on, but he made adjustments and made some pitches when he had to."

Notes:
The Phillies hired Bonnie D. Clark as vice president of communications. Clark takes the role from Larry Shenk, whose 44 years with the Phillies made him the longest-tenured PR person in baseball. ... Third baseman Pedro Feliz is 4-for-5 in his first two games with the Phillies. ... The teams play again Friday in Bradenton.


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