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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Mitch Keller delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Mitch Keller delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kyle Gibson pitched into the seventh inning in his Phillies debut and got plenty of support as Philadelphia avoided a series sweep by pounding the Pittsburgh Pirates 15-4.

J.T. Realmuto got five of the Phillies’ 20 hits, with two doubles and four RBIs. Bryce Harper hit three of Philadelphia’s nine doubles and Jean Segura doubled twice and drove in three runs.

The Phillies got Gibson and pitcher Ian Kennedy from Texas in a deadline deal Friday for rookie right-hander Spencer Howard and two other pitching prospects.

The All-Star allowed two runs on five hits and struck out five in 6 2/3 innings.

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