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The Phils’ bullpen let one get away, wasting a good start by Roy Halladay, as the Phils fall to the Pirates, 5-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesRoy Halladay’s third straight strong start is wasted by the bullpen as the Phils lose late to the Pirates, 5-3.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates tied the game up at one-all in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Pedro Alvarez hits an RBI single, scoring Garrett Jones, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base when Neil Walker was hit by the pitch, while sending Walker, who had just been hit by a pitch, up to second base. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the fourth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Humberto Quintero’s single, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Quintero, who had just singled, up to second base. The Pirates got a run back in the seventh as, with one man out, Alvarez hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Pirates tied the game up at three-all in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Travis Snider hits an RBI single, scoring pinch-hitter Jose Tabata, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Starling Marte’s single, while sending Marte’s who had just singled, on to third base. Two batters later, with the bases now loaded, as Andrew McCutchen walks, moving Snider to second base, and with still nobody out, the Pirates took the lead as pinch-hitter Brandon Inge hits an RBI single, knocking in Marte, giving the Pirates a 4-3 lead, while moving both Snider and McCutchen up a base. The Pirates added to their lead in the ninth as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Marte hits an RBI triple on a pop ball that second baseman Utley was unable to catch, scoring Clint Barmes, who had earlier singled, giving the Pirates a 5-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jason Grilli collected his ninth save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched six strong innings, giving up a run on a hit, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out eight. Antonio Bastardo received his second hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Mike Adams received his first blown save of the season before taking the lost (1-2, 4.00) as he pitched to four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up two runs on two hits and two walks. Jeremy Horst pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits. Wandy Rodriguez also received a no-decision as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out five. Vin Mazzaro (1-0, 0.00) got the win as pitched a scoreless inning and a third. Mark Melancon collected his eighth hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jason Grilli collected his ninth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils collected ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double), Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Dom Brown (Singles) all leading the ballclub with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Ben Revere (Single), Humberto Quintero (Single) and pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (John Mayberry, Jr., Humberto Quintero (Intentional)) in the game.

The Phils (9-13, 4th East) conclude their series with the Pirates (12-9, 3rd Central) with a game already in progress.

The Phils’ offense wasted Cole Hamels’ third straight quality start as the Phils are shutout by the Bucos, losing 2-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense wasted yet another good performance by Cole Hamels as they dropped one to the Pirates, 2-0.

The Pirates broke up a 0-0 pitchers’ due in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Brandon Inge hits an RBI double, knocking in Neil Walker, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead. The Pirates would add an insurance run in the top of the eighth as, with one man out, Gaby Sanchez hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year. That would be all the runs that the Pirates needed as Jason Grilli collected his eighth save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels (0-3, 5.40) took the lost as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six, as he is once again left high and dry by an inconsistent Phils’ offense. Phillippe Aumont pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jeff Locke (2-1, 3.74) got the win as he went six shutout innings, giving up two hits and two walks, while striking out six Phils. Tony Watson collected his fifth hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Mark Melancon received his seventh hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Jason Grilli picked up his eighth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, a single by Michael Young, a double by Ryan Howard, a triple by John Mayberry, Jr. and a single by pinch-hitter Laynce Nix. The Phils also had two walks in the game (Young, Erik Kratz) as the offense was kept quiet by Pirates’ pitching.

The Phils (9-12, 4th East) continue their series with the Pirates (11-9, 4th Central) with a ballgame 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 Roy Halladay (2-2, 6.04) who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on April 19, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 8-2 romp. He will be going for his third straight win, after having started the season with a pair of pitching disasters. The Pirates will oppose with Wandy Rodriguez (2-0, 0.56) who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 19, as he pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up only one hit, as he struck out five, in the Pirates’ 6-0 shutout. He hopes to give the Phils their second straight lost. The Phils will be looking to get even for last night’s lost, and retake the series lead.

John Lannan pitches three strong innings, as the Phils beat the Pirates, 5-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils erupt on a fangless Pirates team, as they defeat the Bucos 5-0.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via Darin Ruf being hit by a pitch, an infield single by Dom Brown, moving Ruf up to second base, and a single by Yuniesky Betancourt, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Humberto Quintero forces in a run with a walk, scoring Ruf from third, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while moving Brown to third base, and sending Betancourt up to second base, as the bases remain loaded. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Ben Revere walks in a run, forcing home Brown, while sending Betancourt and Quintero on to third and second base respectively, as the bases stayed loaded. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as Michael Young hits an RBI single, scoring Betancourt from third, while sending Qunitero up to third base, and Revere on to second base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then added to their lead as Chase Utley walks, bringing home Quintero, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Revere on to third base, and Young up to second base, as the bases stayed loaded. The Phils then took a 5-0 lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Young hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s first out, as he knocked in Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, before moving on to third on catcher Michael McKenry’s throwing error. That would end up being the final score as Raul Valdes threw two 1-2-3 innings.

John Lannan (2-0, 1.13) got the win as he threw three scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and two walks. Mike Adams pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Adam Morgan collected his first hold of the spring as he threw three shut out innings, walking two batters, while striking out two. Raul Valdes pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters. A.J. Burnett (0-3, 17.36) took the lost as he lasted only an inning and a third, giving up four runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out two. Kris Johnson pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out three. Wandy Rodriguez pitched three innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits, a walk, and a hit batter, while he struck out three Phils. Duke Welker, Vic Black and Hunter Strickland combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Welker (1), Strickland (1)) and a walk (Welker) between them, while striking out a batter (Black).

The Phils had nine hits in the game with Ben Revere (RBI), Michael Young (2 RBIs) and Yuniesky Betancourt all leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Dom Brown (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Cesar Hernandez (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. Chase Utley had the other Phil RBI, via a bases loaded walk. The Phils also had five walks in the game (Revere, Utley, Darin Ruf, Betancourt and Humberto Quintero) and two hit batters (Ruf (2)) in the game.

The Phils will played a game with a team made up of players from the Dominican Republic (WBC). The game will be played at Bright House Field and will start at 1:05 pm EST.

As the Phils’ bats wake up, Cliff Lee pitched seven strong innings, as the Phils beat the Astros, 9-4.

As the Phils’ offense decides to give Cliff Lee some runs support, Lee responds with seven strong innings as he struck out eleven Astros, as the Phils defeat the Astros, 9-4, as they start the season off with a 2-0 record.

The Phils continued from where they had left off yesterday by taking a quick lead in their half of the first inning as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as, now with runners on the corner, and now with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Rollins, while sending Howard on to third base. The Astros would cut the Phils’ lead down to 2-1 in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Carlos Lee hits an RBI triple, knocking in Angel Sanchez, who had earlier singled. The Phils would increase their lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino would hit a two-run single, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier walked, moved to second base when Carlos Ruiz was hit by the pitch, before moving up to third on Cliff Lee’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, and Ruiz, who had been hit by the pitch, then went to second base on Cl. Lee’s sac bunt, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the fifth as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI double, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier lead-off the inning with a single, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 6-1 lead as Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Francisco. Two batters later, with Ibanez now on second base, after moving there on Ruiz’s ground out, 5-3, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead. The Astros would cut the Phils’ lead down to 7-3 in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Car. Lee hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Sanchez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Hunter Pence’s soft ground out, 4-3. The Phils would get one of the runs back in the seventh as, with one man on, and with no one out, Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Ibanez, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils an 8-3 lead. The Astros made it an 8-4 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Car. Lee hits an RBI single, scoring Sanchez, who had earlier been safe at first on a Polanco throwing error, then moved up to second base on Pence’s single, while sending Pence, who had just singled, up to third base. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, who had started the inning off with a single, then went to second on Rollins’ ground out, 1-3, giving the Phils a 9-4 lead. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras would shut down the Astros in the ninth inning, striking out the last two batters.

Cliff Lee (1-0, 3.86) gets the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up three runs on four hits, while he struck out eleven. Danys Baez pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on two hits, while he struck out one batter. Jose Contreras pitched a scoreless ninth as he gave up two hits, while he struck out two. Wandy Rodriguez took the lost (0-1, 15.75), as he pitched four innings plus three batters, giving up seven runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out five. Enerio Del Rosario and Mark Melancon combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one each), while he struck out three batters (Del Rosario (1), Melancon (2)) between them. Aneury Rodriguez, who was making his major league debut, pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Jeff Fulchino also pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out a batter.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with all of the regulars getting at least one hit, with Placido Polanco leading the team with three hits (singles) as he raised his average to .375. Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI), Ben Francisco (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Double, 2 RBIs), all followed with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Double, RBI) and Wilson Valdez (Single, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (2-0, 1st NL East) will conclude their three games series with the Astros (0-2, T-4th NL Central) with an afternoon game tomorrow at Citizens Bank Park. The game will begin at 1:35 pm EDT. The Phils will start Roy Oswalt (0-0, 0.00), who went a combine 13-13 with a 2.76 ERA for both the Astros and the Phils last year. He will be trying to give the Phils an opening series sweep. The Astros will try to counter with Bud Norris (0-0, 0.00), who is coming off a 9-10 season, with a 4.92 ERA. He will be trying to give the Astros their first win of the season.

In other news, Shane Victroino was taken out of the game, and replaced with John Mayberry, Jr. in the fifth inning with a sore left calf. It is hoped that he won’t be out for any amount of time.

The Phils start the season with a walk-off win as John Mayberry, Jr. hits a bases-loaded single to cap a three-run ninth as the Phils defeat the Astros, 5-4.

The Phils end opening day with a walk-off win via a bases-loaded ninth inning single by John Mayberry, Jr., as they defeat the Astros, 5-4.

The Phils and Astros spent the first five innings in a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Roy Halladay and Astros’ starter Brett Myers, with Halladay giving up only three hits, while he struck out six batters, while Myers would give up just two hits. The Astros finally took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Bill Hall hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Angel Sanchez, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Hunter Pence’s double, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead, while sending Pence, who had earlier doubled, over to third base. The Astros would increase their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Michael Bourn hits a two-run triple, knocking in Brett Wallace, who had lead-off the inning with a single, moved up to second base on Humberto Quintero’s single, then went to third on Myers’ sacrifice bunt, 3-4, and Quintero, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Myer’s sac bunt, giving the Astros a 3-0 lead. The Astros then took a 4-0 lead when Sanchez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Bourn. The Phils then started to come back in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a sac fly, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, then went to third on catcher Quintero’s passed ball, making it a 4-1 Astros’ lead, while sending Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on the pass ball, on to third base. The Phils then made it 4-2 Astros as Raul Ibanez hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, knocking in Rollins. The Phils then went to work in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had started the rally with a single, then went to second base on Howard’s single, before stealing third with Francisco batting, making it a 4-3 Astros’ lead, while Howard, who had earlier singled, would stop at second base. Then two batters later, after Carlos Ruiz had loaded the bases with a single, moving both Howard and Francisco up a base, and with still one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, tying the game up at four-all, while sending Francisco to third, and Ruiz to second base. One batter later, with the bases still loaded and with one man out, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a ball over the center fielder Bourn’s head for a walk-off RBI single, scoring Francisco, to give the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on five hits, while he struck out six. J.C. Romero pitched to one batter, giving up a run on a hit. David Herndon pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Danys Baez received the win (1-0, 0.00) as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Brett Myers also received a no-decision as he pitched seven inning, giving up two runs, only one of which was eamed, on three hits and three walks. Wilton Lopez recorded his first save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Brandon Lyon blew his first save attempt of the season before taking the lost (0-1, 81.00) as he gave up three runs on six hits.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI (Sac Fly)) and Wilson Valdez (Single, Double, RBI) leading the team with two hits each. Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Pinch Hitter Ross Gload (Single) and Pinch Hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hit. Raul Ibanez knocked in the other Phil run on a ground out.

The Phils (1-0, 1st-T NL East) will continue their opening season series with the Astros (0-1, 3-T NL Central) tomorrow with a night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern Daylight Time. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee, who last year, with the Mariners and Rangers, went 12-9 with a 3.18 ERA. He will be trying to give the Phils a chance to start the season off with two straight wins. The Astros will counter with Wandy Rodriguez, who last year went 11-12 with a 3.60 ERA. He will be trying to give the Astros an even record.

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.

Still in Houston.

The Phillies (27-23) will conclude their four games trip to Houston by playing two more games against the Astros (28-22, 3rd National League Central) tonight and tomorrow afternoon. Tonight’s game will be played at Minute Maid Park, starting at 7:05 pm Eastern (6:05 pm Central). The Phils’ starter will be Brett Myers (2-5, 5.76), who, although pitching well, came up with the lost in the Phils’ 4-0 lost to the Nationals. In that game, he would pitch six innings, giving up only three earned runs on eight hits. Myers has lost four of his five starts for the Phils, while getting a no-decision in his other start, which the Phils also lost. Career wise, he is 3-2 against the Astros, with a 4.91 ERA, in seven starts. One of his victories over the Astros came earlier this year as he received the victory in the Phils’ 10-2 win against the Astros back on April 17. In that game, he would pitch seven innings, giving up only one earned run on five hits. It was after this game that he began to have his pitching troubles. Hopefully he will improve on his last start, and improve his record with a victory. His opponent will be Brian Moehler (1-1, 4.76), who is coming off a lost to the Cubs on May 19, where he went only five innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits in the Astros’ 7-2 lost. This will probably be his last start, as the Astros are expected to reactive Wandy Rodriguez next week. He hopes to improve his record with a win against the Phillies.

The final game of the Phillies’ trip to Houston, and of their seven games road trip, will be played tomorrow afternoon in Minute Maid Park. The game will start at 2:05 pm Eastern (1:05 pm Central). The Phils’ starter for that game will be Cole Hamel (5-3, 2.61), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on May 20. In that game, he would give up no runs on four hits while striking out eleven, which the Phils would eventually win 1-0. Hamels has not given up a run in his last nineteen innings, going back to the last three innings of his start against the Giants on May 9. Hamels has won three of his last five starts, with the Phils winning all five. His career record against the Astros is 3-0 with a 3.14 ERA. He hopes to throw up some more goose eggs while trying to improve his record and continue to lower his ERA. The Astros will be sending to the mound Chris Sampson (3-3, 5.91), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on May 20, when he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits, in the Astros’ 4-2 win. He has won two of his last four starts, pitching well in his wins and getting knocked around in his two no-decisions. Lifetime against the Phillies he is 0-2 with a 6.19 ERA in four games. He hopes to get his first career win against the Phils while improving his record.

The Phillies’ offense hope this time to supply both Myers and Hamels with some runs support, unlike they did during the two games that the pair have pitched in Washington, when they scored only one run in eighteen innings. They also hope to continue their hitting displays of Wednesday and Thursday night, when they knocked in nineteen runs on thirty hits.

After finishing their series in Houston, the Phils will go home to Citizens Bank Park, where they will begin a ten games home stand, starting on Monday with a three games series against the 2007 National League Champions Colorado Rockies.

The Phillies are trailing the Marlins by a game and a half, along with the Braves, who are leading them by .002 percentage points. Both the Phils and the Braves are leading the presently slumping Mets by four games. The Phillies plan on winning their final two games in Houston so that they can have both a winning series and a winning road trip.

The Phillies’ ninth inning rally comes up short as Eaton loses another start.

The Phillies’ offense would come up short in the ninth inning as they lose to the Houston Astros, 4-3, wasting a good effort by Adam Eaton. The Phils would score first, as Pat Burrell hits a solo home run off of Astros’ starter Brandon Backe in the second inning, his twelfth home run of the year. That would be the score until the bottom of the fifth inning, as Eaton and Backe would keep both teams quiet, Backe with his slow curve and Eaton with generally good pitching. But then, in the Astros’ fifth, Eaton would give up a solo shot to Hunter Pence, for his sixth home run of the year, tying the score at one. The Astros would later threathen to take the lead by getting two men on base with one out, but Eaton would get out of the inning by getting Michael Bourn to hit into a 6-4-3 double play. The score would remain tie until the bottom of the seventh, when Pence, leading off the inning, would hit a 3-0 fastball out of the ballpark for his second home run of the night off of Eaton, his seventh home run of the year, to give the Astros a 2-1 lead. The Astros would then increase their lead to 3-1 on a Bourn single, scoring J.R. Towles, who has earlier singled. The Astros would add another run in the eighth when Carlos Lee hit a sacrifice fly off of Ryan Madson, scoring Lance Berkman, who has earlier tripled. The Phillies would try to rally back in the ninth against Astros’ closer Jose Valverde. Burrell would start the rally off with a double to center field. After moving to third on a ground out, Burrell would score on a line drive single by Pedro Feliz off of Valverde’s face, making the score 4-2 Astros. After the Astros’ trainer have taken several minutes to look Valverde over to make sure that he could continue to pitch, Carlos Ruiz would hit a single, moving Feliz to second base. After Eric Bruntlett goes in to pinch run for Ruiz, Valverde would strike out pinch hitter Chris Coste for the second out. Jimmy Rollins would then hit a line drive double, scoring Feliz and sending Bruntlett, who had to dive to get out of the way of Rollins’ line drive, to third, making the score 4-3 Houston. With two men in scoring position and two out, Shane Victorino would come to the plate. After getting the count full, Victorino would hit a fly ball to center field, ending the ballgame, as Valverde is able to nail down his fifteenth save of the year.

Adam Eaton would take the lost, as he pitches seven innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits. His record drops to 0-3, with a ERA of 5.37. Eaton by now must be wondering what he has to do to actually win a ballgame. Ryan Madson would pitch an inning in relief, giving up an earned run on one hit. Brandon Backe would pick up the win for the Astros, as he would go seven and one-third innings, giving up only one earned run on six hits. Doug Brocail would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits as he snuffs out a Phillies’ rally in the eighth, leaving the bases loaded. Jose Valverde, in spite of being hit in the face by a line drive, would record his fifteenth save of the season as he pitches one inning, giving up two earned runs on four hits.

Despite the lost, the Phillies are still one and a half games behind the Marlins, as the fish loses their game with the Giants. They are still technically tied for second place with the Braves, .002 percentage points behind them, as the Braves were crushed in their game with the Diamondbacks. The Phils and the Braves are still leading the Mets by three games, as the Mets loses their game with the Rockies in extra-innings.

The Phillies (27-23) will continue their four games series with the Astros (28-23, 3rd National League Central) at Minute Maid Park. The game will start tonight at 7:05 pm Eastern (6:05 pm Central). The Phils’ starter will by Brett Myers (2-5, 5.76), who is coming off another lost, as he pitched six innings against the Nationals on May 19, in the Phils’ 4-0 lost, giving up only three runs on eight hits. Myers has lost four of his last five starts, with a no-decision in his other start. He’ll be looking to improve on his last start while trying to improve his record. In his previous start against the Astros, he would go seven innings, giving up only an earned run on five hits, as he picks up the win in the Phils’ 10-2 win. The Astros will send to the mound Brian Moehler (1-1, 4.76), who is coming off a lost to the Chicago Cubs on May 19, where he would pitch five innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits, in the Astros’ 7-2 lost. He will be trying to improve his record in what could be his last start in place of Wandy Rodriguez, who should be coming off the disabled list next week.

The Phils’ offense hopes to continue what they were doing on Wednesday and Thursday nights, where they scored nineteen runs on thirty hits. Although they got ten hits in last night’s game, they were only able to score three runs, thanks mainly to the slow curveballs that were being served up to them by Backe. They hope not to have similar problems with Moehler tonight.

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