Howard homers off Kimbrel as Phils top Braves 10-5

Howard homers off Kimbrel as Phils top Braves 10-5

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Ryan Howard hit his first home run of spring training, an opposite-field drive to left off All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel that helped the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 10-5 Thursday.

Howard put the Phillies ahead with an RBI double in the first against loser Paul Maholm. Howard, who didn't play until July last year while recovering from a torn left Achilles tendon, has started all 6 of Philadelphia's exhibition games this year and is 8 for 15 (.533) with three doubles and a homer.

Every position player in the Phillies' starting lineup had a hit except for Jimmy Rollins. Howard, Chase Utley and Ben Revere all went 2 for 3, and John Mayberry Jr. homered against Cristhian Martínez in the sixth.

In his second start, Cole Hamels allowed one run - unearned - and four hits in three innings. Hamels struck out 4 of his first seven batters and finished with five strikeouts and no walks.

Maholm gave up five runs, six hits and two walks in 2 2-3 innings.

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