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Buchanan, Utley lead Phils over Dodgers

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Philadelphia Phillies’ Cesar Hernandez slides into home plate to score on a single by Ben Revere during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA — David Buchanan threw five effective innings in his major league debut, Chase Utley hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 Saturday.

Filling in for injured ace Cliff Lee, Buchanan (1-0) gave the struggling Phillies a lift. The 25-year-old righty allowed two runs and five hits, striking out two.

Ben Revere went 4 for 4 in his first game leading off since May 14 and Jimmy Rollins drove in two runs to help the Phillies snap a three-game losing streak.

Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth for his 13th save in 14 tries.

Dodgers starter Dan Haren (5-3) gave up five runs — two earned — and six hits, striking out seven in six innings.

Buchanan retired the first three batters he faced on grounders before the Phillies gave him a quick lead in the bottom half.

One pitch after catcher A.J. Ellis dropped his foul pop, Utley drove one out to right field for a 2-0 lead. Utley ended a homerless drought of 127 at-bats, dating to April 13.

Revere started Philadelphia's first with his first double since last July 8. One out later, Utley connected. Revere and Rollins hit consecutive RBI singles with two outs in the second to make it 4-0.

Rollins hit .308 with two homers and had a .438 on-base percentage in eight games batting first, which used to be his spot throughout his career. But manager Ryne Sandberg put Revere back atop the order after benching him a couple games.

Carl Crawford's RBI groundout in the fourth cut it to 4-1. Dee Gordon hit an RBI single with two outs in the fifth to get the Dodgers within 4-2.

Revere reached on an infield single and went to third when Haren's throw to first sailed down the right field line. He scored on Rollins' groundout to extend the lead to 5-2 in the fifth.

Yasiel Puig led off the sixth with a triple off Jake Diekman. Two outs later, he scored on Carlos Ruiz's passed ball.

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