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Francisco homers to lead Phillies over Astros

Ben Francisco hit a three-run homer to help the Phillies beat the Houtson Astros 7-6 on Monday before boarding a plane to Philadelphia.

The Phillies gave most of their regulars the day off against the team they will face on opening day April 1.

Former major leaguer Nate Bump, in minor league camp with the Phillies, held Houston to one run on eight hits in five innings.

Houston right-hander Bud Norris, who is not scheduled to pitch in Philadelphia, was hit hard. Norris gave up seven runs on six hits while walking four and striking out two in five innings.

Placido Polanco played for the second time in three days. Out with an elbow injury the last two weeks, Polanco went 0 for 2 with a walk and a run scored.