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HOUSTON -- Game-winning homers are becoming routine for the Houston Astros.
"If you keep expecting to beat the other team's closer, that's not going to happen very often," said Craig Biggio, who went 2-for-5 with an RBI single. "But you take it whenever you get it."
Pence hammered the first pitch from Mesa (0-1) off the left-field facade. He sprinted around the bases as fireworks exploded. The excitable 24-year-old is hitting .563 with two homers in his last three games.
"My swing feels good, but I wouldn't say I'm locked in," said Pence, leading all rookies with a .345 average. "I'm just going up there, trying to put a good swing on the ball."
The game probably should've never come to that.
The Phillies took a 4-3 lead to the ninth, but the Astros loaded the bases with one out against closer Antonio Alfonseca.
The relay throw appeared to get Lee by half a step, but first-base umpire Lance Barksdale called Lee safe and Biggio scored to tie the game. Biggio started the rally with a single.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel ran out to protest, to no avail.
"Alfonseca pitched really well," Manuel said. "He did a good job, he got the double play ball and we executed. And the umpire missed it. He told me, 'I got it right.' What I told him was, 'You missed the call. You blew it."'
Loretta grounded out to force extra innings, but the Phillies were steamed about having to keep playing.
"It's frustrating," said right fielder Shane Victorino. "That's all I have to say. Just look at the replay. I'm not going to say what I saw."
Matt Albers (2-4) shut out the Phillies in the 12th and 13th and the Astros scored on a bases-loaded walk for the second straight night, winning for the eighth time in their last nine home games.
Houston starter Roy Oswalt gave up 10 hits and struck out six. He had won his last five starts against Philadelphia and still hasn't lost to the Phillies since May 9, 2003.
Ryan Howard hit a two-run double and Houston native Michael Bourn knocked in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning with his first career double for the Phillies, who have dropped six of their last eight.
Wes Helms had an RBI double in the second inning, but the Astros answered with three runs in their half.
Loretta and Mike Lamb led off with consecutive singles and Luke Scott walked to load the bases. The Phillies' bullpen walked in two runs in Monday's 7-5 loss and starter Adam Eaton did it again on Tuesday, missing low with a 3-2 pitch to Brad Ausmus.
Oswalt grounded into a double play, but Lamb scored to put Houston up 2-1. Biggio then singled to left, scoring Scott.
Rollins and Bourn singled in the third before Howard doubled off the right-field wall to tie the game again. Howard has 36 RBI since coming off the disabled list on May 25.
Both starters stiffened after that -- Eaton struck out five of the next eight batters he faced, while Oswalt retired nine in a row after Howard's hit.
Helms led off the seventh with a line-drive double into the left-field corner. Ausmus then fielded Rod Barajas' bunt and threw out Helms at third. Two batters later, Bourn doubled over Scott's head in right field to score Barajas and make it 4-3.
Three batters later, Lee singled to right but Ensberg was thrown out at the plate by Shane Victorino. The Phillies lead the majors with 30 outfield assists.
Trever Miller relieved Oswalt for the eighth and Howard drove a towering fly ball to straightaway center. Pence caught it at the top of Tal's Hill, one step from the 436-foot mark on the wall, next to a flagpole that's in play.
"I've never seen a ball hit that far," Pence marveled. "That just shows the kind of strength that he has. That's an area no man really touches."
Biggio and Pence singled off Alfonseca with one out in the ninth. Lance Berkman walked for the third time before Lee stepped to the plate.
|Rookie Hunter Pence ends the game in the 13th with his 10th homer of the year -- a solo shot. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jimmy Rollins, SS||7||1||1||0||0||2||6||.282|
|Michael Bourn, CF-LF||6||1||3||1||0||0||1||.286|
|Chase Utley, 2B||6||0||1||0||0||0||4||.319|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||6||0||1||2||0||2||1||.251|
|Shane Victorino, RF||5||1||3||0||0||0||1||.279|
|Greg Dobbs, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.286|
|a- Aaron Rowand, PH-CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||2||.309|
|Wes Helms, 3B||4||0||3||1||0||0||1||.256|
|Abraham Nunez, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.267|
|Rod Barajas, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.212|
|Carlos Ruiz, PR-C||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.274|
|Adam Eaton, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.184|
|b- Chris Coste, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.400|
|Ryan Madson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|J.C. Romero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Pat Burrell, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.202|
|Antonio Alfonseca, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Zagurski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Cole Hamels, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.184|
|J.D. Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|e- Jamie Moyer, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.154|
|Jose Mesa, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Dobbs in the 8th|
|b-singled for Eaton in the 7th|
|c-flied out for Romero in the 9th|
|d-flied out for Zagurski in the 11th|
|e-struck out for Durbin in the 13th|
|2B - Michael Bourn (1, Oswalt), Chase Utley (32, McLemore), Ryan Howard (13, Oswalt), Shane Victorino (15, Oswalt), Wes Helms 2 (11, Oswalt, Oswalt), Rod Barajas (7, Wheeler)|
|RBI - Michael Bourn (5), Ryan Howard 2 (59), Wes Helms (20)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn (3), Ryan Howard 2 (31), Wes Helms (9)|
|SB - Shane Victorino 2 (27, 2nd base off Qualls/Ausmus, 2nd base off Albers/Ausmus)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|Outfield Assists - Shane Victorino 1|
|DP - Utley-Howard|
|Ryan Madson (H,5)||1.1||2||0||0||1||1||0||3.80|
|J.C. Romero (H,4)||0.2||0||0||0||1||1||0||2.82|
|Antonio Alfonseca (BS,2)||1||2||1||1||1||0||0||3.74|
|Jose Mesa (L,1-2)||0||1||1||1||0||0||1||8.37|
|HBP - Loretta (by Adam Eaton)|
|WP - J.C. Romero 2 (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Adam Eaton 103-66, Ryan Madson 18-11, J.C. Romero 13-5, Antonio Alfonseca 24-15, Mike Zagurski 27-14, J.D. Durbin 32-19, Jose Mesa 1-1|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Eaton 4-6, Ryan Madson 1-1, J.C. Romero 1-0, Antonio Alfonseca 3-0, Mike Zagurski 1-0, J.D. Durbin 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Adam Eaton 26, Ryan Madson 6, J.C. Romero 3, Antonio Alfonseca 6, Mike Zagurski 6, J.D. Durbin 8, Jose Mesa 1|
|Craig Biggio, 2B||5||1||2||1||1||1||0||.259|
|Hunter Pence, CF||6||1||3||1||1||2||4||.345|
|Lance Berkman, 1B||3||0||0||0||3||2||3||.264|
|Carlos Lee, LF||5||0||1||1||1||1||5||.294|
|Mark Loretta, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.324|
|Mark McLemore, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dave Borkowski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Chris Burke, PH-RF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.218|
|Mike Lamb, 3B||5||1||1||0||1||0||4||.305|
|Luke Scott, RF||5||1||0||0||1||3||4||.233|
|Matt Albers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Brad Ausmus, C||5||0||1||1||1||1||2||.260|
|Roy Oswalt, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.139|
|b- Morgan Ensberg, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.212|
|Trever Miller, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Qualls, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dan Wheeler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Orlando Palmeiro, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.262|
|Eric Bruntlett, SS||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||.276|
|a-singled for Borkowski in the 11th|
|b-singled for Oswalt in the 7th|
|c-grounded out for Wheeler in the 9th|
|HR - Hunter Pence (10, Mesa)|
|SH - Craig Biggio (2)|
|RBI - Craig Biggio (28), Hunter Pence (39), Carlos Lee (71), Brad Ausmus (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Craig Biggio (12)|
|Team LOB - 15|
|DP - Lamb-Biggio-Berkman|
|Matt Albers (W,2-4)||2||2||0||0||1||1||0||6.16|
|IBB - Ruiz by Matt Albers|
|HBP - Victorino (by Mark McLemore)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 99-69, Trever Miller 9-7, Chad Qualls 12-8, Dan Wheeler 14-9, Mark McLemore 11-7, Dave Borkowski 17-11, Matt Albers 33-21|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 9-5, Chad Qualls 1-0, Dave Borkowski 3-2, Matt Albers 3-2|
|Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 30, Trever Miller 2, Chad Qualls 2, Dan Wheeler 4, Mark McLemore 3, Dave Borkowski 5, Matt Albers 9|
|Attendance - 37993|
|Game Time - 4:23|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Brian Knight|