Astros 7, Phillies 6
Philadelphia still has a chance to make the playoffs with 15
games remaining. However, after losing three of four to the Houston
Astros, even the Phillies admitted it just got harder.
Justin Maxwell hit a two-run double and Matt Dominguez added a
two-run single in Houston’s four-run seventh inning as the Astros
rallied for a 7-6 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on
Philadelphia fell to 3 1/2 games behind St. Louis and Los
Angeles in the National League wild card race.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said losing three of four to the
Astros really hurts, but added that his team has to keep on
”We can turn it around,” Manuel said. ”We are four back. We
have been in tougher situations than this. We have to keep going
and keep trying. You get tested all the time. We have to play like
hell, but we can do it. We aren’t going to give up. We are going to
play it out. We have done it before. Survive.”
Carlos Corporan and Scott Moore homered for the Astros, who
remained one loss away from reaching 100 for the second straight
”The guys don’t quit,” Houston interim manager Tony
DeFrancesco said. ”It seems like they’ve got some life and fire.
We’re trying to establish the familiarity with participating in a
winning ballgame. It’s fun, and the clubhouse has got a little
Wesley Wright (2-2) pitched a scoreless seventh to pick up the
win. Wilton Lopez got the last five outs for his sixth save.
Jose Altuve reached on an error by third baseman Michael
Martinez to begin the seventh and Jimmy Paredes was walked by
Antonio Bastardo (2-5). Pinch hitter Brandon Laird walked off
Phillippe Aumont to load the bases with one out.
Maxwell’s double down the right-field line that just found chalk
put the Astros ahead 5-4, and Dominguez followed with his two-run
”I was hoping and I was seeing the runners ahead of me going,”
Maxwell said of his hit. ”I didn’t see it hit the chalk. I just
After Dominguez moved to second on a passed ball, Justin De
Fratus intentionally walked pinch hitter Jason Castro one out later
but got Tyler Greene to ground out to end the inning.
Domonic Brown sliced the lead to 7-6 with a two-run double off
Mickey Storey in the eighth. Lopez, however, struck out pinch
hitter Laynce Nix and got a grounder from Nate Schierholtz to end
Jimmy Rollins led off the ninth with a single and moved to
second on Erik Kratz’s fly ball to right. Lopez got Chase Utley to
fly out to left and intentionally walked Ryan Howard before Carlos
Ruiz grounded to first to end the game.
Rollins said losing three of four to the Astros was not good but
”It shouldn’t be deflating,” Rollins said. ”We lose games. It
obviously doesn’t matter the name on the jersey. If we lose, we
just don’t have any more room. Would it matter if it was the
Phillies starter Roy Halladay gave up three runs on six hits
with seven strikeouts in six innings, remaining two wins shy of 200
for his career.
Halladay said the Astros’ young lineup was hard to figure
”It is definitely a different, odd team to pitch to,” Halladay
said. ”Sometimes they are aggressive, sometimes they are not.
Sometimes they are taking. I think the whole series, we never
figured out what their plan was. It was kind of all over the place.
That made it tough.”
Jordan Lyles gave up four runs on five hits with four walks and
six strikeouts in five innings for Houston. Lyles has gone longer
than five innings just once in his last six starts.
Philadelphia scored three runs in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead.
Rollins singled with two outs, stole second and moved to third on
Corporan’s throwing error. Juan Pierre followed with a run-scoring
double to left field.
Lyles intentionally walked Utley, and Howard followed with a
two-run double to left but Howard was thrown out trying to stretch
it to a triple.
Corporan’s solo homer in the sixth pulled Houston to 4-3.
Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead in the first on Utley’s sacrifice
Moore’s two-run homer in the third put the Astros ahead 2-1.
NOTES: Houston OF Fernando Martinez was scratched from the
lineup and replaced by Paredes in right field. … Altuve was
expected to get the day off Sunday but started after INF Jed Lowrie
was given the day off due to soreness in his right leg, DeFrancesco
said. Greene started at shortstop in place of Lowrie. .
Philadelphia starts a three-game series Monday at the New York Mets
with LHP Cliff Lee starting for the Phillies against RHP R.A.
Dickey for the Mets. . Houston starts a three-game series at St.
Louis on Tuesday with LHP Fernando Abad going for the Astros
against RHP Kyle Lohse.