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Houston Astros vs St. Louis Cardinals
Houston Astros Ben Francisco dives for the baseball off the bat of St. Louis Cardinals Allen Craig in the sixth inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 23, 2012. The play resulted in a RBI double as St. Louis won the game 13-5. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
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Louis Ben Francisco (born October 23, 1981) is an outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball.

He is a 1999 graduate of Servite High School in Anaheim, California where he played on the same baseball team as former Indians' teammate Ryan Garko. He attended and played baseball at Cypress Junior College in 2000 and went on to play at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001 and 2003.

He was selected by the Indians in the fifth round (154th overall) of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. He was recalled from the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on May 1, 2007, and made his major league debut that night as a late-game defensive replacement. On June 29, 2007, Francisco got his first hit and his first home run in his first major league start. His home run came leading off the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Indians a 2-1, walk-off win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

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