|Houston (65-70) «||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||5||9||0|
"You think you've always got a chance," manager Cecil Cooper said. "I noticed that he had quite a few blown saves, but you've got to feel like you can always do something in a game. You're not going to give up.
"Kaz had a real good at bat and that was the key to make him throw strikes. He got put in a good situation and he put a good swing on it."
It was the Phillies closer's 10th blown save of the season and it came at the site of many nightmares for Lidge, who blew eight blown saves in 2007 with the Astros.
With one out in the ninth, Geoff Blum walked and Chris Coste singled before Jason Michaels walked to load the bases. After Michael Bourn grounded out into a force at the plate, Brad Lidge (0-7) almost seemed as if he might escape.
"The control just wasn't there," Lidge said. "I fell behind on the count to a few guys because of it. And obviously when you're falling behind 2-0, 3-0 and 3-1, you're getting into good hitter's counts."
Jose Valverde (3-2) pitched a perfect ninth after Philadelphia rallied from three runs down to lead 4-3 in the eighth.
Pedro Feliz singled for the Phillies to drive in the go-ahead run in a two-run eighth that followed two runs in the seventh.
The NL East leaders had scored only three runs in their previous four games and had been shut out twice in that span. They seemed ready to pick up a much-needed win until Lidge struggled again.
"Command issues," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He had trouble getting the ball over the plate and that's command issues. He got behind with the bases loaded and he had to try to throw something over the plate.
"Making him hit the ball is better than a walk, but at the same time, if he gets a hit, then the game's over. That's what happened."
The Phillies, who were without Chase Utley due to his sore right foot, had reached 17 scoreless innings before getting on the scoreboard. They trailed 3-0 before Astros starter Roy Oswalt left injured with one out in the seventh Saturday.
Oswalt allowed two runs on four hits before leaving due to tightness in his lower back with one out in the seventh. Before that, he struck out eight with one walk.
Philadelphia starter Joe Blanton allowed three runs on six hits and a walk. He struck out five.
In the second inning, Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer for his 22nd of the season, and added an RBI single up the middle in the third.
|Kaz Matsui is all smiles after his only hit of the game lifts the Astros in walk-off fashion. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Shane Victorino, CF||5||0||0||0||0||0||2||.296|
|Brad Lidge, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jayson Werth, RF-CF||4||0||0||0||1||2||2||.268|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||5||1||1||0||0||0||1||.244|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||3||1||1||1||1||1||1||.273|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||1||1||0||0||3||2||.272|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.272|
|Miguel Cairo, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.167|
|Paul Bako, C||2||0||1||0||0||1||2||.208|
|a- Ben Francisco, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.248|
|Chan Ho Park, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|b- Matt Stairs, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.193|
|Brett Myers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Eric Bruntlett, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Joe Blanton, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.087|
|c- Carlos Ruiz, PH-C||2||0||1||1||0||0||1||.254|
|a-singled for Bako in the 7th|
|b-was walked intentionally for Park in the 8th|
|c-singled for Blanton in the 7th|
|2B - Miguel Cairo (1, Hawkins)|
|3B - Ryan Howard (4, Hawkins)|
|RBI - Ryan Howard (114), Pedro Feliz (65), Ben Francisco (41), Carlos Ruiz (35)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Chan Ho Park||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||4.39|
|Brett Myers (H,1)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||4.59|
|Brad Lidge (BS,10; L,0-7)||0.2||2||2||2||2||1||0||7.15|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 99-70, Chan Ho Park 15-11, Brett Myers 14-6, Brad Lidge 21-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 6-7, Chan Ho Park 2-1, Brad Lidge 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 25, Chan Ho Park 4, Brett Myers 3, Brad Lidge 6|
|Michael Bourn, CF||5||0||2||0||0||1||4||.296|
|Kazuo Matsui, 2B||5||0||1||2||0||0||2||.244|
|Lance Berkman, 1B||2||1||0||0||2||1||1||.271|
|Carlos Lee, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.308|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.298|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||1||2||3||0||1||0||.285|
|Geoff Blum, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.261|
|Edwin Maysonet, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.290|
|Chris Coste, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.227|
|J.R. Towles, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.182|
|Roy Oswalt, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.128|
|Tim Byrdak, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeff Fulchino, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a- Darin Erstad, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.208|
|LaTroy Hawkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jose Valverde, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jason Michaels, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.233|
|a-grounded out for Fulchino in the 7th|
|b-walked for Valverde in the 9th|
|HR - Hunter Pence (22, Blanton)|
|SH - Roy Oswalt (14)|
|RBI - Kazuo Matsui 2 (36), Hunter Pence 3 (64)|
|2-OUT RBI - Kazuo Matsui 2 (14), Hunter Pence (29)|
|SB - Michael Bourn (50, 2nd base off Blanton/Bako)|
|CS - Lance Berkman (3, 2nd base by Myers/Ruiz)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Tejada-Matsui-Berkman|
|Jeff Fulchino (H,8)||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.51|
|LaTroy Hawkins (BS,4)||1||4||2||2||1||1||0||2.35|
|Jose Valverde (W,3-2)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.05|
|IBB - Stairs by LaTroy Hawkins|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 95-64, Tim Byrdak 2-1, Jeff Fulchino 9-5, LaTroy Hawkins 24-11, Jose Valverde 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 4-7, LaTroy Hawkins 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 25, Tim Byrdak 1, Jeff Fulchino 3, LaTroy Hawkins 7, Jose Valverde 3|
|Attendance - 35195|
|Game Time - 2:50|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Chad Fairchild|