National League Game Summary - Philadelphia at Houston|
(Thursday, September 13th)
Final Score: Houston 6, Philadelphia 4
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Jed Lowrie highlighted a three-run eighth
inning with a two-out, two-run double as the Houston Astros rallied for a 6-4
victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday in the opener of a four-
game series at Minute Maid Park.
Matt Dominguez crushed a three-run home run and Brandon Barnes added an RBI
single for the Astros, who have won four of their last seven games.
Wesley Wright (1-2) got the win after getting the final two outs in the eighth
and Wilton Lopez worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to nail down his
fifth save of the season.
Ryan Howard, Erik Kratz, Kevin Frandsen and John Mayberry Jr. all knocked in
runs for the Phillies, who had their season-best seven game winning streak
snapped. Philadelphia did not score after the third inning and left 11 runners
"We just wanted to play like we always do," said Phillies manager Charlie
Manuel. "You have to play as hard as you can. Two teams are playing, that's no
Phillipe Aumont (0-1) lost for the first time in his short major league career
after allowing two runs and walking two batters in the decisive eighth frame.
Trailing, 4-3, with two down in the eighth, the Astros rallied against the
young Phillies bullpen. Dominguez got things started with a walk and pinch-
hitter Scott Moore was plunked.
Jake Diekman was summoned from the bullpen to face Lowrie, who drove a pitch
into the right-center field gap, just out of the reach of right fielder Nate
Schierholtz, scoring Dominguez and pinch-runner Jordan Lyles.
Barnes capped the inning with an RBI base hit into center field.
Howard led off the ninth with a single into left, but Lopez fanned Mayberry on
a borderline pitch and Domonic Brown grounded into a game-ending 3-6-3 double
The Phillies opened the scoring with a run in the second inning. Brown coaxed
a one-out walk and scored when Kratz ripped one off the wall in left field for
a double, putting the Phils ahead early.
The Phillies tagged Houston starter Lucas Harrell for three more runs in the
third to extend the lead to 4-0. Juan Pierre got the rally started with a one-
out single and Chase Utley slapped a base hit to right which allowed Pierre to
"I couldn't throw anything for a strike," said Harrell. "I pitched horrible.
The guys battled."
Howard drove home Pierre with a sacrifice fly and Mayberry brought home Utley
with another base knock into right field. Mayberry then advanced to third on a
wild pitch and scored when Frandsen beat out an infield hit.
Houston's first hit off Philadelphia starter Tyler Cloyd came in the home
third on an infield hit by Jimmy Paredes. The Astros went on to load the bases
with two outs in the frame, but Cloyd got Brett Wallace to ground out, ending
Justin Maxwell and Jason Castro reached with broken-bat singles in the fourth
before Dominguez crushed a three-run shot into the Crawford Boxes in left
field to pull the Astros within one.
Prior to Thursday's loss, Philadelphia had outscored its opponents 34-19 since
a loss to Cincinnati on September 4 ... Philadelphia fell to 47-34 when
scoring first this season ... It was Frandsen's first start since August 4, he
had been on the shelf with a stress fracture in his leg ... Kratz's double in
the second inning snapped an 0-for-16 slump ... Phillies shortstop Jimmy
Rollins stole his 400th career base in the eighth inning ... It was the Astros
20th come-from-behind win of the season ... Harrell allowed four runs -- three
earned -- on seven hits and five walks over 5 2/3 innings, while Cloyd was
tagged for three runs on five hits in three innings.
09/14 02:56:09 ET