The Phils start their series against the now American League Astros with a walk-off win, as they win in extra-innings, 2-1.
The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Astros would tie the game up at one-all in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Jon Singleton hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Carter, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on Jason Castro’s single, while sending Castro, who had just singled, all the way to third base. Kyle Kendrick then pitched himself out of the inning by first getting Matt Dominguez to fly out to right, with it not being deep enough to score Castro, then getting Jake Marisnick to hit into a 6-3 double play, wiping out Singleton at second base for the inning’s second out. The score would remain tied at 1-1 until the bottom of the fifteenth when, with two men on, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI single to right, scoring Gary Sizemore, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Ben Revere’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, giving the Phils a walk-off 2-1 win.
Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. Ken Giles, Jonathan Papelbon, Jake Diekman, Antonio Bastardo, Justin De Fratus and Mario Hollands combined for seven scoreless innings, giving up one hit, (Diekman), four walks (Papelbon (2), Diekman (1), Bastardo (1)) and a wild pitch (Bastardo) between them, while striking out thirteen (Giles (2), Papelbon (3), Diekman (1), Bastardo (6), Hollands (1)). Hector Neris (1-0, 0.00) got the win, the first of his major league career, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Dallas Keuchel also received a no-decision as he also threw seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out four. Tony Sipp, Josh Fields, Darin Downs and Jose Veras combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Sipp) and a walk (Sipp) between them, while striking out two (Downs (1), Veras (1)). Jake Buchanan (1-2, 4.95) took the lost as he threw three and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out two.
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Cody Asche (Singles) and Gary Sizemore (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley had the final Phil hit, a single. The Phils also had four walks (Utley (3), Marlon Byrd) and a sacrifice bunt (Revere) in the game, while the defense caught a runner trying to steal a base and performed a double play.
The Phils (50-63, 5th NL East) continue their three-game interleague play series with the Astros (47-66, 4th AL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Dave Buchanan (5-5, 4.40), who is coming back to the majors because of Cliff Lee’s season ending injury. His last major league start was a win over the Brewers on July 10, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 9-1 rout. He’ll be trying to continue from his last start. The Astros will counter with Brad Peacock (3-7, 4.93), who is coming off a lost against the Athletics on July 23, as he went three and two-thirds innings, as he gave up seven runs on seven hits and five walks, while striking out only two, in the Astros, 9-7 lost. He will be trying to even the series for the Astros. The Phils will be trying to win the series with the Astros.