National League Game Summary - Philadelphia at Houston
(Sunday, September 16th)
Final Score: Houston 7, Philadelphia 6
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Matt Dominguez's two-run single in the seventh
inning proved to be the difference, as the Houston Astros held on to beat the
Philadelphia Phillies, 7-6, on Sunday afternoon.
Justin Maxwell had doubled in a pair of runs in front of Dominguez, whose base
hit put Houston up by three. Domonic Brown plated two with a double in the
eighth for Philadelphia, but Wilton Lopez retired the final two hitters in
the frame before working out of trouble in the ninth by getting Carlos Ruiz on
a game-ending groundout with two men aboard for his sixth save of the season.
Philadelphia entered this series riding a wave of momentum, arriving at Minute
Maid Park on a seven-game winning streak that put the club back into playoff
contention. But the Phillies dropped three of four to the MLB-worst Astros and
are now four games out in the race for the National League's second wild-card
Scott Moore and Carlos Corporan both homered off Philadelphia starter Roy
Halladay. Moore blasted a two-run homer in the third and Corporan added a solo
shot in the sixth for Houston, which won back-to-back games for the first time
since Aug. 10-11.
Wesley Wright (2-2) earned the win in relief of starter Jordan Lyles, who gave
up four runs on five hits and walked four in five innings.
Down 4-3, the Astros moved ahead with a four-run seventh. Jose Altuve reached
with one out on a throwing error by third baseman Michael Martinez and Antonio
Bastardo (2-5) walked Jimmy Paredes before Phillippe Aumont took over on the
mound for the visitors.
After pinch-hitter Brandon Laird walked to load the bases, Maxwell hit a
blooper that kicked up some chalk along the right-field line. Dominguez
followed with a ground ball to left for a 7-4 Houston lead.
"The clubhouse has a new energy," Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco
said. "The guys don't quit."
Jimmy Rollins doubled to begin the game for Philadelphia and moved to third on
a sacrifice bunt by Juan Pierre before Chase Utley brought him home with a
Moore's home run put Houston on top in the third, but the Phillies regained
the lead in the fifth. Rollins hit a two-out single and stole second base,
advancing to third on a throwing error. Pierre tied the game with an RBI
double and Ryan Howard lined a two-run double -- the 200th of his career -- to
left after Lyles intentionally walked Utley.
Maxwell extended his hitting streak to 10 games ... Halladay allowed six hits,
walked two and struck out seven in six innings ... The Phillies are 18-27
all-time at Minute Maid Park ... Philadelphia was 3-for-12 with runners in
09/17 00:33:47 ET
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