Phillies crush Astros to clinch NL East title

BY foxsports • October 1, 2009

Players doused each other with champagne and beer in the clubhouse and on the field. Fans partied in the stands. Manager Charlie Manuel enjoyed the celebration from his office.

The Philadelphia Phillies won another NL East championship. Now they can rest and prepare to defend their World Series title.

"I'll celebrate when we get to the big one," Manuel said.

Kyle Kendrick pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Pedro Martinez and the Phillies beat the Houston Astros 10-3 Wednesday night to clinch their third straight division crown.

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