The Phils winning streak ends at seven games as they are once again snakebit in Houston, as they lose to the Astros, 6-4.
The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Erik Kratz hits an RBI double, scoring Dom Brown, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Chase Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while Utley, who had just singled, would move up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then made it a 3-o lead as John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, before he moved up to second base on right fielder Jimmy Paredes’ fielding error. Two batters later, after Mayberry had moved up to third base on pitcher Lucas Harrell’s wild pitch, and Brown had walked for his second straight at bat, the Phils t0ok a 4-0 lead as Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Mayberry, while moving Brown up to second base. The Astros cut down the Phils’ lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Matt Dominguez hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, scoring both Justin Maxwell and Jason Castro, who had both singled, with Maxwell stopping at second base on Castro’s single, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Astros took the lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Jed Lowrie hits a two-run double, knocking in Dominguez, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base after Scott Moore was hit by a pitch, and pinch runner Jordan Lyles, who was pinch running for Moore, who had been hit by a pitch, giving the Astros a 5-4 lead. The Astros then made it a 6-4 lead as Brandon Barnes hits an RBI single, scoring Lowrie, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. That would end up being the final score as Wilton Lopez collected his fifth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth.
Tyler Cloyd received a no-decision as he threw three innings, plus three batters, giving up three runs on five hits, as he struck out four. B.J. Rosenberg pitched two innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Josh Lindblom collected his twenty-first hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo also collected his twenty-first hold of the season, as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Phillippe Aumont collected his fourth hold of the season, but took the lost (0-1, 3.00) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two walks and a hit batter. Jake Diekman committed his first blown save of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Lucas Harrell also recieved a no-decision as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits, five walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Xavier Cedeno pitched an inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Hector Ambriz pitched tw0-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out a batter. Wesley Wright (1-2, 3.33) got the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Wilton Lopez collected his fifth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Juan Pierre leading the team with two hits, both singles. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single, RBI), Erik Kratz (Double, RBI), pinch hitter Pete Orr (Single), pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other seven Phils’ hits, as the Phils’ lose another game in the eighth inning, as the offense is unable to knock in an extra run or two late in the game. The Phils also seven walks and two stolen bases (Orr (3), Jimmy Rollins (27, 400 of his career)) in the ballgame.
The Phils (72-72, 3rd East) continue their series with the Astros (46-98, 6th Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Minute Maid Park and is to start at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (14-6, 3.03), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on September 9, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 3-2 walk-off win. He will be trying to collect his fourth straight win for the fourth time. The Astros will counter with Edgar Gonzalez (2-0, 1.74), who is coming off a win against the Reds on September 9 as he went five innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Astros’ 5-1 win. He will be trying for his third straight win since being called up. The Phils will be trying to put the previous game behind them, as they try to stay in the race for the second wild card spot.