CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Nobody knows where it will go once the regular season starts, but the Phillies are showing some pop in their bats this spring.Cesar Hernandez hit a leadoff home run in the first inning in Sunday afternoon's 5-4 victory over the Astros in a Grapefruit League game at
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Nobody knows where it will go once the regular season starts, but the Phillies are showing some pop in their bats this spring.
Cesar Hernandez hit a leadoff home run in the first inning in Sunday afternoon's 5-4 victory over the Astros in a Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field. It was Hernandez's first homer of the spring and the Phillies' 29th. They entered the afternoon with the second-most home runs of any team in Spring Training.
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Hernandez finished the day with three hits and three RBIs. He singled to drive in Cedric Hunter in the fifth and doubled to score David Lough in the seventh. Hernandez scored the game-winning run on a safety squeeze by Freddy Galvis later in the seventh.
The Phillies scored twice in the fifth inning against Ken Giles, who is Houston's likely closer. It was the first time Giles faced the Phillies since they traded him in December.
Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, who is in line to start Opening Day, allowed no hits and three walks and struck out six in five scoreless innings. Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, who is battling for a job on the team, allowed two hits and one run and struck out five in four innings.
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The Astros took a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning when Colby Rasmus hit a three-run home run to right field off Phillies reliever Hector Neris.
Up next for Astros:Scott Feldman makes his third start of Grapefruit League action when the Astros travel to Viera, Fla., to meet the Nationals at 12:05 p.m. CT on Monday afternoon. The game can be heard live on Gameday Audio. Feldman allowed four hits and two runs in his last start, March 11 against the Tigers.
Up next for Phillies: Right-hander Aaron Nola is scheduled to start Monday's Game against the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla., at 1:05 p.m. ET. The game can be heard with a free, live exclusive webcast on MLB.com. Nola is on schedule to start the second game of the season and the home opener April 11.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.