PHILADELPHIA -- With each start, Jonathan Pettibone is building a strong case to stay in the majors.
Pettibone pitched neatly into the seventh, Kevin Frandsen and Domonic Brown hit solo homers and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 on Tuesday night.
John Mayberry Jr. had three hits and three RBI, including a go-ahead two-run double for the Phillies, who won their third straight game to get within two games of .500.
Pettibone (3-0) allowed two runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings, the longest of his five career starts. Three relievers got the next four outs and Jonathan Papelbon finished in a non-save situation after Philadelphia tacked on two runs in the eighth.
Pettibone, a 22-year-old righty, came up from Triple-A when John Lannan went on the disabled list. With Roy Halladay now out indefinitely, Pettibone isn't going anywhere, especially if he keeps pitching like this.
"He does a tremendous job," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He pitched a good game, kept his composure, stayed focused on what he was doing."
The Phillies improved to 12-4 when Pettibone, Kyle Kendrick or Lannan start. They're 7-16 in games started by the $64.5 million trio of Cole Hamels, Halladay and Cliff Lee.
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