The bats come alive as the Phils take the series from the Astros, winning 10-3.
The Astros took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jon Singleton hits into a force out RBI, scoring Jose Altuve, who had started the game off with a single, stole second base, then stopped at third base on Chris Carter’s single, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead, while Carter was forced out at second base, 4-6, for the inning’s second out. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Jimmy Rollins’ double, and Rollins, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead three batters later, after both Marlon Byrd and Gary Sizemore had walked, loading up the bases, and with still one man out, Howard would score on pitcher Brad Peacock’s wild pitch, while both Byrd and Sizemore would move up a base. The Phils then took a 4-1 lead as Wil Nieves hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Byrd. The Phils increased their lead two batters later as, with two men on, after Cody Asche is intentionally walked, and with two men out, Dave Buchanan helped his own case with an RBI single, his first hit of his career, knocking in Nieves, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Asche over to third base, before he is tagged out at second base, 9-5-6, as he tried to move up to second base on the late throw to third base, a call which is later upheld when the Phils challenged the call. The Astros would get a run back in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jake Marisnick hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Matt Dominguez, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Carlos Corporan’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils would break the game open in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits a three-run home run, his tenth home run of the season, scoring Buchanan, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had just singled, giving the Phils an 8-2 lead. The Astros would get a run back in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Altuve hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Gregorio Petit, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on pinch hitter Marc Krauss’ single, then moved up to third base on Byrd’s fielding error, while Krauss would move up to second base, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Byrd hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Howard’s single, giving the Phils an 9-1 lead, while sending Howard, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then made it a 10-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Revere, who had just tripled, would score on pitcher Michael Foltynewicz’s wild pitch. That would end up being the final score as Cesar Jimenez pitches a scoreless ninth, getting Altuve to pop out to the shortstop for the game’s final out.
Dave Buchanan (6-5, 4.39) got the win as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, while striking out five. Jake Diekman pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one, while giving up a wild pitch. Justin De Fratus and Cesar Jimenez would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Jimenez) between them, while striking out a batter (De Fratus). Brad Peacock (3-8, 5.44) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up eight runs on seven hits, four walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Darin Downs pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Michael Foltynewicz pitched two innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a wild pitch, while striking out two.
The Phils collected twelve hits in the game, with Ben Revere leading the team with four hits, three singles and a triple, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double), Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Ryan Howard (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Marlon Byrd (Single, RBI) and Dave Buchanan (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits. Wil Nieves had the last Phil RBI via a sac fly, as the other two runs came home on wild pitches. The Phils also had in the game four walks (Byrd, Gary Sizemore, Cody Asche and Buchanan) and a stolen base (Revere (31)) while the defense committed an error (Byrd (2)).
The Phils (51-63, 5th NL East) will conclude their three game interleague play series with the Astros (47-67, 4th AL West) with a game already in progress.