The Cleveland Indians head into Philadelphia as one of the hottest teams in baseball and are hoping to stay that way by repeating their most recent performances against the Phillies.
The Indians will seek their 14th win in 18 contests in the opener of a two-game series Tuesday night.
Cleveland (21-16) earned another victory in its brief return home Monday as Jason Kipnis hit a solo home run in a 1-0 win over the New York Yankees . The Indians, though, fell 7-0 in the finale of a doubleheader that was required because of a pair of rainouts in April.
The Indians are visiting Philadelphia with four wins in their last five on the road and will try to add to that by duplicating their splendid performance earlier this season against the Phillies (18-21).
Cleveland outscored Philadelphia 20-2 and posted a 31-8 advantage in hits during a two-game home sweep April 30-May 1.
The Indians will try to win another game with help from Scott Kazmir (2-1, 4.87 ERA), who will seek his third victory in as many starts. The left-hander gave up one run and five hits over six innings in a 9-2 win over Oakland on Thursday.
Kazmir has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last three outings.
"I just feel comfortable, and I feel confident out there," Kazmir told the team's official website. "And I feel like it's going to get better and better."
Kazmir is 1-1 with a 4.20 ERA in three starts against Philadelphia. He hasn't faced the Phillies since making two starts in the 2008 World Series while with Tampa Bay.
In this matchup, he'll pitch opposite 22-year-old rookie Jonathan Pettibone (2-0, 3.63). The right-hander has given up three runs or fewer in each of his first four major league starts but did not get a decision in a 4-3 loss in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Pettibone gave up three runs, seven hits and a career-high four walks in 5 2-3 innings. The Phillies had won in each of his other three outings.
"Kind of each time out, you get more and more comfortable," Pettibone told the Phillies' official website. "Your confidence gets up each time out. You just kind of build off that. From there, I don't really know what's going to happen. All you can do is focus start to start and go from there."
Pettibone will next try to help Philadelphia to its third three-game win streak in 2013. The Phillies matched a season best with 15 hits in a 4-2 win in 10 innings at Arizona on Sunday.
Ryan Howard hit a two-run single in the 10th after going hitless with 10 strikeouts in his previous 18 at-bats.
"My frustration level coming in to today? I don't know if I can really put a number on it," Howard said. "It's definitely been frustrating. Upset. Ticked off. But you just try to keep separating each at-bat. And I was able to get one to fall."
Philadelphia is hosting Cleveland for the second time. The Phillies recorded a three-game sweep in the other visit June 22-24, 2010.
|May 01, 2013||Vinnie Pestano||15-Day DL||Right elbow soreness|
|April 30, 2013||Nick Swisher||Day-to-Day||Sore left shoulder|
|April 25, 2013||Lou Marson||15-Day DL||Right shoulder soreness|
|April 20, 2013||Asdrubal Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Left game - left wrist contusion|
|April 20, 2013||Brett Myers||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|April 16, 2013||Jason Kipnis||Day-to-Day||Sore elbow|
|May 12, 2013||Mike Adams||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
|May 06, 2013||Roy Halladay||15-Day DL||Right shoulder surgery|
|April 18, 2013||John Lannan||15-Day DL||Strained left quadriceps tendon|
|March 22, 2013||Delmon Young||15-Day DL||Recovery from right ankle surgery|
|March 22, 2013||Delmon Young||15-Day DL||Recovery from right ankle surgery|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- With each start, Jonathan Pettibone is building a strong case to stay in the majors.
Pettibone pitched neatly into the seventh, Kevin Frandsen and Domonic Brown hit solo homers and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 on Tuesday night.
John Mayberry Jr. had three hits and three RBIs, including a go-ahead two-run double for the Phillies, who won their third straight game to get within two games of .500.
Pettibone (3-0) allowed two runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings, the longest of his five career starts. Three relievers got the next four outs and Jonathan Papelbon finished in a non-save situation after Philadelphia tacked on two runs in the eighth.
Pettibone, a 22-year-old righty, came up from Triple-A when John Lannan went on the disabled list. With Roy Halladay now out indefinitely, Pettibone isn't going anywhere, especially if he keeps pitching like this.
"He does a tremendous job," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He pitched a good game, kept his composure, stayed focused on what he was doing."
The Phillies improved to 12-4 when Pettibone, Kyle Kendrick or Lannan start. They're 7-16 in games started by the $64.5 million trio of Cole Hamels , Halladay and Cliff Lee .
"My first start, I didn't get any sleep the night before," said Pettibone, who lowered his ERA to 3.41. "Now I can get a full night's sleep. You just build confidence and try to build off each start."
Cleveland's Scott Kazmir (2-2) gave up four runs and six hits in five-plus innings.
The Indians had won seven of nine. They swept a two-game series at home against the Phillies two weeks ago, outscoring them 20-2.
"I thought he did a good job, unfortunately," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Pettibone. "When he needed to, he got a double play. He kept us off balance. I thought he pitched a pretty good game."
Brown got Philadelphia's rally going in the fourth by lining a one-out single. Carlos Ruiz then walked to bring up Mayberry. He ripped a two-run double to left-center to put the Phillies up 3-2.
Brown roped his seventh homer into the right-field seats to make it 4-2 in the sixth. Since Brown hit a three-run homer against the New York Mets on April 27, the team's last 16 homers have been solo shots.
"I think it's a matter of time and we can end up having a good offense," Manuel said.
Mayberry and Freddy Galvis had RBI singles in the eighth.
Frandsen hit a 1-2 pitch into the flower bed just beyond the left-field wall to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the first.
"They really took it to us," Frandsen said, recalling the previous interleague meeting. "They just kicked our butt. You don't want to be embarrassed and we felt we got embarrassed there. It's a big win tonight."
Nick Swisher led off the second with a single and Carlos Santana followed with an opposite-field double down the left-field line. After Mark Reynolds popped out to shallow right, Michael Brantley hit a two-run single up the middle off a 1-2 pitch.
Asdrubal Cabrera led off the eighth with a triple off Antonio Bastardo , but was stranded. Bastardo struck out Nick Swisher looking. After Santana walked, Justin De Fratus entered and retired Reynolds on an infield pop. Jeremy Horst then came in and fanned Brantley to end the inning.
Pettibone had location issues in the third when he loaded the bases on a walk and hit consecutive batters. But he retired Reynolds on a pop-up to escape the jam.
The surprising Indians, coming off a 68-94 season, are 21-17 under first-year manager Terry Francona , who managed the Phillies to four losing seasons from 1997-2000 before leading Boston to two World Series titles in 2004 and 2007.
NOTES: Kazmir hit Frandsen twice. Frandsen, who started to give Chase Utley a day off, is 7 for 15 with two homers and four RBIs against lefties. ... The Indians are 0-4 at Citizens Bank Park. ... Cleveland's starters are 11-4 in the last 17 games. ... Philadelphia is 14-4 when scoring at least four runs. .... Hamels (1-5, 4.18) faces Cory Kluber (2-2, 5.64) Wednesday afternoon. The Phillies are 1-7 in Hamels' starts this season.
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