PHILADELPHIA -- Ben Revere is correct: It is kind of messed up.
He almost took a first-pitch fastball from Marlins left-hander Mike Dunn to the head in the seventh inning Tuesday night in a 7-3 victory at Citizens Bank Park. Revere ended up on the dirt, but he stood back up and ripped the next pitch to right-center field for a triple to score two insurance runs.
"I think that woke him up a little bit and made him rise to the occasion," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
"I've played with guys in the Minor Leagues, some big league guys do it," Revere said. "They try to aim around that area. It's kind of messed up, but they're trying to get you off balance. Definitely motivational. Definitely got to get back up, dust off and get back up there. I got you. That was a sweet feeling."
Revere went 1-for-3 with the two-run triple, one walk and one stolen base.
His performance was badly needed. Revere started the season hitting .135 (5-for-37) with one walk and six strikeouts through Thursday.
Revere hit a combined .306 with a .329 on-base percentage the past two seasons with the Phillies, but Sandberg dropped him from the leadoff spot all the way to eighth on April 14, just eight games into the season. Sandberg then benched Revere the first three games in a four-game series over the weekend against the Nationals.
"I would love to see the scorebook to see how many L-8's, L-9's, L-4's I have in there," Revere said, referring to lineouts.
Freddy Galvis has had no such problem. He has been hot since the season started, hitting a two-run home run in the second inning to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. He is hitting .319 (15-for-47) with one double, one triple, one home run and eight RBIs.
"Good to see the crooked numbers on the offensive side of things," Sandberg said.
Galvis extended his RBI streak to a career-high five consecutive games. It is the longest RBI streak for the Phillies since Chase Utley's five-game streak from Sept. 14-18, 2013, when he had 12 RBIs.
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