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Phillies 13, Astros 3

Phillies 13, Astros 3
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Chan Ho Park made his final bid for the No. 5 spot in the Philadelphia Phillies' rotation, working effectively into the sixth inning of a 13-3 win over the Houston Astros on Monday.

Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Eric Bruntlett all had home runs off Houston starter Mike Hampton. Carlos Ruiz also homered, in the sixth inning off of Wesley Wright.

Park allowed two runs - one earned - on six hits in 5 2-3 innings. The 35-year-old right-hander finished his spring campaign with a 2.45 ERA in five games.

"He pitched good," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "He did a good job."

Whether it was good enough to win a spot in the rotation is still undecided. Park is competing with rookie left-hander J.A. Happ, who has a 3.15 ERA in six games.

"We haven't made up our mind yet," Manuel said. "Both have pitched pretty good."

Park signed with the Phillies as a free agent because they offered him the opportunity to compete for a starting job. The team, however, pursued him in part because of his effectiveness in the bullpen for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season.

"I'm expecting their decision to make me as the starter. That's my goal. That's why I signed with this team?" Park said. "I think (my performance this spring) was better than they expected."

Park gave up a run to the Astros in each of the first two innings before settling down. He retired the final six hitters he faced.

Park has allowed six runs in 21 1-3 Grapefruit League innings, striking out 25 while walking two.

"So far, I did my best," Park said.

Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee said they expect to make the decision between Park and Happ in the new day or two.

"It comes down to who we think will fit the best," Manuel said.

Hampton allowed seven runs and seven hits in five innings for the Astros.

"We kind of took it on the chin today, but that happens sometimes," Houston manager Cecil Cooper said. "Mike (Hampton) has been good all spring, but he got some balls up today and they hit them. That's a pretty good lineup over there."

Notes: Cole Hamels (elbow tightness) threw four innings in a minor league game at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater, allowing three runs on 10 hits. He will pitch again Saturday in an exhibition game in Philadelphia against the Tampa Bay Rays Philadelphia released former Atlanta Braves All-Star infielder Marcus Giles. Giles, who signed a minor league contract in January, hit Giles hit .167 with no home runs and two RBIs in 36 at-bats. Astros first baseman Lance Berkman (left biceps tendinitis) did not make the trip. He hit off a tee in Kissimmee and could play Tuesday. Houston second baseman Kaz Matsui finished 3-for-3. He is hitting .197 this spring.

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