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CLEARWATER, Fla. – Cole Hamels pitched two innings of one-hit ball, but the Astros overwhelmed the Phillies relievers and won the Grapefruit League opener for both teams 8-3 Saturday.
A home run from Brandon Barnes along with some sloppy defense by Philadelphia helped Houston overcome a 2-0 deficit after two innings. They scored six runs over the next five innings.
Barnes' homer bookended four RBI singles from the Astros and a RBI groundout.
Chase Utley drove in new teammate Ben Revere in the first for a 1-0 lead. Yuniesky Betancourt hit a RBI single the second for Philadelphia. Pete Orr added a home run in the eighth inning for the Phillies' final run.