5/24/2014 7:30 P.M. ET
Revere provides leadoff spark in Phils' victory
By Todd Zolecki and Erik Bacharach / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies outfielder Ben Revere has one of the lowest on-base percentages of any leadoff hitter in baseball, but manager Ryne Sandberg returned him to the top spot on Saturday afternoon against the Dodgers.
Sandberg had a hunch and it worked. Revere tied a career high with four hits and scored three runs in the Phils' 5-3 victory at Citizens Bank Park.
"If he's swinging the bat well and getting on base, he creates something at the top with Jimmy [Rollins] following him, two good baserunners," Sandberg said after the game. "Two good guys at the top of the order. Jimmy's fine first or second. He's been consistent all year. For Ben to really give us a push and get on base in a big way, he's helping us in the leadoff spot. That's a good spot for him."
Revere, who hit leadoff for the first time since May 14, hit a leadoff double down the right-field line in the first inning and scored on Chase Utley's two-run homer to right to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. Revere singled to score a run in the second and later scored on Rollins' single to right to make it 4-0.
Revere is hitting .289 with one double, two triples, six RBIs, three walks, 17 strikeouts and a .625 OPS in 153 plate appearances this season.
"Again, I broke my ankle last year, surgery, going to have days where it's going to be sore, it's going to be good," Revere said, referring to the July surgery on his right foot which ended his season. "I'm finding my way just to get my groove back and everything. It may take some time because I've talked to other guys that had the same surgery as mine. It's going to be a little bit, but eventually, you're going to get going. Being around this average, close to .300, at this time after the surgery is pretty impressive. People thought I'd probably lose my speed, my timing, no, I feel pretty good."
Entering Saturday, Revere's .289 on-base percentage hitting first ranked 26th out of 29 hitters with 100 or more plate appearances in the leadoff spot.
Asche dealing with tendinitis in left hamstring
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg had a reason not to play third baseman Cody Asche on Saturday.
Asche is battling tendinitis in his left hamstring. Cesar Hernandez started at third for a second consecutive game.
"Nothing severe," Asche said. "I've been playing through it for about six or seven games. I don't think the training staff really liked the way it was headed, so we're just trying to kill it right now. We've got a pretty important stretch right now."
Asche missed some time in early April because of a hamstring issue.
"It's a little bit different," he said.
Reliever Garcia hits DL with forearm strain
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies right-hander Luis Garcia made just one appearance since May 8, but the team placed him on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with a strained right forearm.
The move made room for right-hander David Buchanan on the 25-man roster. Buchanan started Saturday in his Major League debut against the Dodgers.
Garcia has a 15.75 ERA (seven earned runs in four innings) in three appearances this season. The move leaves the Phillies with just six relievers in the bullpen. It might not last for long.
"For the short-term, we're fine today," Sandberg said. "To have six bench players, I'd rather have the other arm in the bullpen. But we're covered for today, so that could be a day-to-day thing."
Brown day to day, experiencing back spasms
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown left Saturday's 5-3 win over the Dodgers in the top of the seventh inning with mid-back spasms and is listed as day to day.
"It was the first-at bat. I don't even know what swing it was," Brown said. "It just tightened up on me, and it started getting a little bit worse, so Ryno [manager Ryne Sandberg] decided to take me out of the ballgame."
Brown was visibly in pain as he struck out on a foul tip to end his day in the sixth. He finished 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts.
"I'll come in tomorrow, see how I feel," Brown said. "I'm not trying to miss too many days for sure."
Phillies Wives host Save a Pet at the Park
PHILADELPHIA -- Jen Utley and the Phillies Wives hosted a ballpark-wide effort to adopt and save pets during Saturday's game against the Dodgers.
Phillies Wives Save a Pet at the Park allowed fans a chance to meet and adopt a shelter cat or dog, as well as take part in selection auction, raffle or mystery ball, all to benefit the PSPCA.
"This is the eighth year that we've done this," Utley said. "It's just a really great way to get some adoptable shelter animals out and get people aware of what's happening.
"I hope all these animals that are here get adopted. I hope it raises awareness about adopting an animal rather than buying one, and I hope that it gets more support for our cause out there and people visit and donate, and open their eyes a little."
• Jimmy Rollins' second-inning single in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Dodgers was the 2,220th of his career. He needs just 15 more hits to pass Mike Schmidt for the franchise's all-time hits record. Schmidt finished his Hall of Fame career with 2,234 hits.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.