Posted April 02, 2012 on AP on Fox
Freddy Galvis hit a tiebreaking RBI triple in the seventh inning, Jimmy Rollins drove in two runs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 Monday night in their first of two exhibition games back home. With Chase Utley and Ryan Howard out of the lineup, the Phillies have tried several different ways to try and replace their Nos. 3-4 hitters. Rollins, batting in the three-hole instead of leadoff, hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning and lined an RBI double in the third. New leadoff hitter Juan Pierre scored two runs. Andrew McCutchen hit a solo homer for the Pirates, who used seven different pitchers. Phillies starter Joe Blanton allowed two runs and three hits in 4 2-3 innings. Blanton retired the first 10 batters he faced. The teams will open the season at Pittsburgh on Thursday.

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