The bats are cold again as the Phils drop the series to the Astros as they lose, 3-2.

The Phils’ offense has once again gone cold as they waste another good performance by one of their starters as they lose to the Astros, 3-2.

The Astros took the lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Hunter Pence hits a solo home run, his twentieth home run of the year, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the fifth as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his seventeenth home run of the season. The Astros retook the lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Michael Bourn hits a solo home run, making it a 2-1 Astros’ lead. The Phils retied it in their half of the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Roy Halladay, who had earlier singled, and then went to second on Shane Victorino’s single, while sending Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, on to third base. The Astros retook the lead again in the seventh as, with one man on and with two men out, Humberto Quintero hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Johnson, who had earlier doubled, giving the Astros a 3-2 lead. The Phils tried to retied the game in their half of the seventh as they had runners on the corners, with Ben Francisco at third, after being safe on first on a 5-4 force out, as Mike Sweeney, who had earlier singled, was thrown out at second base, and going to third on Carlos Ruiz’s single, and with Ruiz on first, via a single, and with two men out, as Jimmy Rollins was batting, Quintero threw out Francisco with a quick snap throw to third, as Francisco lost sight of the bag. That would be the last real threat by the Phils as Brandon Lyon records his eighth save of the season in the ninth by striking out the side.

Roy Halladay took the lost as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out three. His record is now 16-9 with a 2.22 ERA. Jose Contreras and Chad Durbin pitches two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (one each). J.A. Happ gets the win as he pitches six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. His record is now 4-2 with a 3.45 ERA. Wilton Lopez pitched to one batter, giving up a hit. Tim Byrdak collects his eighth hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning. Mark Melancon records his second hold of the year as he also pitches a third of an inning. Brandon Lyon records his eighth save of the year with two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out three.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, singles by Shane Victorino, Mike Sweeney, Carlos Ruiz, Roy Halladay and pinch hitter Ryan Howard, an RBI double by Placido Polanco and a solo home run by Jayson Werth. The offense is once again having a hard time scoring runs.

The Phils (70-56, 2nd East) are concluding their series with the Astros (57-69, 4th Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress, with the Phils trailing.

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