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."

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.