Pence lifts Astros to four-game sweep of Phillies
Pence homered and drove in three runs on Monday in the
“Not too long ago, I was in the biggest slump,” he said. “Now, I’ve caught a good streak and I’m hitting the ball well.”
Pence hit a two-run homer and an RBI double in the finale for the
“We got a good start to the homestand,” Pence said. “It all starts with pitching. The bullpen did great and we battled as hitters.”
“I don’t know what it is, if they’re tight or whatever,” Manuel said. “They have no reason to be tight, but I kind of sense that’s what it is.
“This is September 7th. We’re still in good position, but we’ve got to play, man, we’ve just got to play.”
“It was a bad series and that’s saying it lightly,” Manuel said. “We did everything we could to lose. You name it, every game, we did everything we could to lose.”
“It’s just baseball, you can’t explain it,” Pence said. “Hopefully, I can keep riding it, keep going in there, trying to get a good pitch and making a good swing.”
Howard and Ibanez homered in the fourth, the second time this season the two sluggers have connected in consecutive at-bats.
Moehler walked Ibanez and
Moyer retired 11 in a row after
Bourn led off the Houston sixth with a line-drive single up the middle that Moyer ducked to avoid. Moyer retired the next three hitters to wrap up his 101-pitch outing.
Park (3-3) relieved Moyer in the seventh and the