After earning an invitation to Spring Training late this winter, Buchanan posted a 2.25 ERA in Grapefruit League play, putting the right hander on the Phillies' radar as he was sent to Triple-A to begin the season.
With Cliff Lee landing on the disabled list earlier in the week, it would be Buchanan who was tapped to start Saturday's game, and the 25-year-old looked solid, as he picked up his first Major League win in the Phillies' 5-3 victory.
Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins would each single home a run in the second, as the Phillies extended their lead to 4-0.
Buchanan would hold the Dodgers scoreless until the fourth inning, when Carl Crawford grounded out to bring home Justin Turner. The Dodgers would tack on one more in the fifth, but Buchanan would leave in a position to win after tossing a solid five innings in his debut.
With the Phillies leading 5-3, Jonathan Papelbon would be tapped to pitch the ninth. The closer would record two quick outs before allowing a single and a walk to bring the go-ahead run to the plate.
Papelbon would strike out pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke, however, recording the third out and collecting the save in the Phillies' 5-3 win.
The Phillies will close out their series with the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon, as A.J. Burnett squares off with Josh Beckett.
By: Kyle Babcock
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