KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Bobby Abreu singled twice and doubled to pace a 13-hit Phillies attack against Houston pitching on Thursday, leading the road half of a split-squad roster to a 6-3 victory over the Astros.
Abreu, who can opt out of his minor-league contract if he is not given a roster spot by next Wednesday, raised his average to .281 with his performance. He also excelled in right field, throwing out Carlos Corporan at home to end the fourth.
Two innings later, Abreu’s double off the wall in left-center sparked a two-run burst that broke a 1-1 tie. Cameron Rupp went to third on the play and scored on Cesar Hernandez’s sacrifice fly to right. Abreu soon came home on Reid Brignac’s sacrifice fly.
Five other Phillies had two hits apiece, including a pair of bunt singles by Ben Revere in the leadoff spot. Philadelphia’s 13 hits matched its spring high, set a week ago in a 6-2 win over a Yankees split squad.
The Phillies’ outburst came without Darin Ruf, who was a late scratch with a pulled left oblique suffered during batting practice. He was scheduled to be examined by team doctors on Friday.
Jeff Manship (1-0) gave up a run in the span of Houston’s first three batters on Jason Castro’s RBI double, but allowed nothing else as he pitched out of a jam in the third and was bailed out by Abreu’s arm in the fourth.
Philadelphia tied it in the fourth when Ronny Cedeno singled home Steve Susdorf, a minor-leaguer who got the start when Ruf was hurt.
After the Phillies went ahead in the sixth against Kevin Chapman (0-1), they added two more in the seventh. Revere scored when Cody Asche grounded into a fielder’s choice, and Rupp singled home Asche.
Brignac drove home the Phillies’ final run in the eighth when he doubled home Hernandez.
Houston scored its final two runs in the ninth against Sean O’Sullivan. Carlos Perez doubled with one out and scored on a single by Cesar Izturis, who later came home on a Jonathan Villar single.
The Phillies gather back together Friday in Clearwater to take on the World Series champion Boston Red Sox. Cliff Lee will make his fifth start of the spring, facing Boston’s Jon Lester.
At Bright House Field, the other Phillies squad fell to the Blue Jays, 3-1.
David Buchanan struck out six and allowed just three hits in four innings, but two of them were solo home runs.