Thursday: Phils are swept at home by the Astros, as they fall 5-1.

The Phils end their ten-game home stand on a rather low note as they get swept by the Astros, 2-1.

The Astros took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Carlos Lee hits an RBI double, knocking in Anderson Hernandez, who had earlier singled. The Astros added to their lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Michael Bourn hits an RBI single, scoring Angel Sanchez, who had earlier singled, went to second on Jason Castro’s single, then went to third on Wandy Rodriguez’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead, while Castro, who had earlier singled, and moved up to second on Rodriguez’s sac bunt, stopped at third. The Astros then made it 3-0 in the third as, with one man out, Lee hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the year. The Astros then increased their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Rodriguez hits an RBI single, scoring Sanchez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Castro’s ground out, 4-3, to give the Astros a 4-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who was safe on first on a force out, 5-4, as Ben Francisco, who had earlier singled, was wiped out at second, cutting the Astros’ lead to 4-1. The Astros got the run back in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Hernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Bourn, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, to make it a 5-1 Astros’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Fernando Abad end a short Phils’ threat by getting Carlos Ruiz to fly out to center to end the ballgame.

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, while he strikes out a batter. His record is now 8-7 with a 4.64 ERA. J.C. Romero pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Jose Contreras and David Herndon pitches two scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Herndon), while striking out two (Herndon). Wandy Rodriguez gets the win as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 10-12 with a 3.87 ERA. Jeff Fulchino and Fernando Abad combine for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Abad) and a walk (Fulchino), while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double. Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino and Ben Francisco had the other four Phils’ hits, with Utley’s hit being an RBI double, while Werth, Victorino and Francisco’s hits were singles. The Phils’ offense is once again being unable to find ways to score runs as they got swept by the Astros.

The Phils (70-57, 2nd East) then headed west for a three-game series with the Padres (76-50, 1st West), now trailing the Braves by three games in the East, and the Giants by half a game in the wild card chase.

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