Houston at Philadelphia

W: Y. Bazardo (1-2) L: C. Hamels (10-10)
HR: HOU - None   PHI - None

Astros 8, Phillies 2

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PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel had hoped he could rest some players and set up his postseason rotation in the final week of the regular season.

Not anymore.

 Playoff Race

Yorman Bazardo pitched 5 2/3 effective innings against the team that cut him in spring training, and helped the Houston Astros beat Philadelphia 8-2 on Monday night, preventing the Phillies from reducing their magic number.

The Phillies, who had an 8½-game lead with 13 remaining, are four ahead of Atlanta in the NL East with six left. The defending World Series champions, who have lost five of seven, still have a magic number of three for their third straight division title.

"We've got to win games to make the playoffs," Manuel said. "We're not playing good baseball and it's time to start."

If the Phillies somehow don't finish first, it will be worse than their infamous collapse in 1964. That year, Philadelphia held a 6½-game lead with 12 to play only to blow the NL pennant by dropping 10 straight.

"I've got a lot of faith in our guys," Manuel said. "I'm betting on them."

Miguel Tejada had four hits and Jeff Keppinger had three hits and two RBI for Houston, which is 5-0 against the Phillies this season.

Bazardo (1-2) allowed two runs and two hits to earn his third career win and first since Sept. 25, 2007, with Detroit. The 25-year-old right-hander signed with the Phillies as a minor league free agent last December and was released on March 29. He entered with an 11.74 ERA in four starts this season.

"I've got to prove to the GM and manager that I deserve to be here," Bazardo said. "I made good pitches in tough situations against a tough lineup."

Cole Hamels (10-10) had another rough outing in a disappointing season for last year's World Series and NLCS MVP. He gave up six runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Hamels retired the first two batters in the seventh, before the Astros scored five runs to put the game out of reach.

Michael Bourn singled and was picked off first, but the speedster beat first baseman Ryan Howard's throw to second base. It's the third time Bourn has done that off Hamels this season.

"I might as well step off and let him take second because he's going to steal every time," Hamels said. "I've got to keep him off base."

Tejada followed with an RBI single to make it 4-2. After Lance Berkman was intentionally walked, Tyler Walker relieved Hamels. Carlos Lee greeted him with a two-run double. Two batters later, Kazuo Matsui singled in the final two runs.

"To score that many runs off Hamels is not easy," Tejada said. "He's one of the best lefties in the league."

Hamels cruised through the first three innings, allowing a single to Berkman. He gave up one run in the fourth and two in the sixth.

The Phillies manufactured a run with rare situational hitting in the first. Jimmy Rollins led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on a groundout. He scored on Chase Utley's sacrifice fly.

Shane Victorino stole a run for the Phillies in the sixth. He hit a one-out double and moved to third on a groundout. Victorino took a big lead and bluffed running home, causing Bazardo to step off the rubber and commit a balk.


The Phillies activated LHP J.C. Romero from the DL. He pitched a scoreless inning in his first appearance since July 19. ... Philadelphia's bullpen got more good news. Right-handers Brett Myers (shoulder) and Chan Ho Park (groin) each threw on the side Monday. Former closer Brad Lidge tossed a scoreless ninth. ... Tejada extended his hitting streak to 15. He leads the NL with six, four-hit games. ... Howard got his eighth steal of the season. He had two career steals before this year. ... Lee reached 100 RBI for the fifth straight season.
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Players of the Game

S. Victorino
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

M. Tejada
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 0

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April 18, 2017
MLB Power Rankings (4/18) (2:50)
Houston Astros
Michael Bourn, CF5120010 .290
Miguel Tejada, SS5341000 .313
Lance Berkman, 1B1100301 .268
   a- Aaron Boone, PH-1B1000002 .000
Carlos Lee, LF5222014 .301
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .000
Hunter Pence, RF4121110 .285
Jeff Keppinger, 3B5032000 .262
Kazuo Matsui, 2B4012014 .252
J.R. Towles, C5010012 .108
Yorman Bazardo, P2000010 .000
    Sammy Gervacio, P0000000 .000
   b- Edwin Maysonet, PH1000000 .290
    Tim Byrdak, P1000000 .000
   c- Jason Michaels, PH-LF1000002 .236
a-flied out for Berkman in the 8th
b-flied out for Gervacio in the 7th
c-grounded out for Byrdak in the 9th
2B - Carlos Lee (33, T. Walker), Hunter Pence (26, Hamels)
RBI - Miguel Tejada (82), Carlos Lee 2 (101), Hunter Pence (71), Jeff Keppinger 2 (29), Kazuo Matsui 2 (44)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Tejada (26), Carlos Lee 2 (26), Kazuo Matsui 2 (19)
SB - Michael Bourn (60, 2nd base off Hamels/Bako)
CS - Lance Berkman (4, 2nd base by Hamels/Bako)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Matsui-Tejada-Berkman, Matsui-Tejada-A. Boone
E - Kazuo Matsui (6, Dropped line drive)
Houston Astros
Yorman Bazardo (W,1-2) 5.2222440 8.23
Sammy Gervacio (H,6) 0.1000000 2.04
Tim Byrdak 2100010 3.07
Doug Brocail 1100000 2.70
HBP - Utley (by Tim Byrdak)
Pitches-Strikes - Yorman Bazardo 76-45, Sammy Gervacio 6-3, Tim Byrdak 30-19, Doug Brocail 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yorman Bazardo 8-4, Tim Byrdak 1-4, Doug Brocail 2-1
Batters Faced - Yorman Bazardo 22, Sammy Gervacio 1, Tim Byrdak 8, Doug Brocail 4
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS3110100 .247
Shane Victorino, CF4120002 .294
Chase Utley, 2B2001011 .289
Ryan Howard, 1B3000122 .275
Jayson Werth, RF2010201 .266
Raul Ibanez, LF4000002 .274
Pedro Feliz, 3B4000000 .265
Paul Bako, C2000010 .224
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH1000000 .219
    Paul Hoover, C0000000 .667
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH1000001 .259
Cole Hamels, P2000010 .150
    Tyler Walker, P0000000 .000
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
   c- Ben Francisco, PH1000000 .252
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
a-flied out for Bako in the 7th
b-grounded into a double play for Hoover in the 9th
c-lined out for Romero in the 8th
2B - Shane Victorino (39, Bazardo)
3B - Shane Victorino (12, Byrdak)
SF - Chase Utley (4)
RBI - Chase Utley (92)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (31, 2nd base off Bazardo/Towles), Ryan Howard (8, 2nd base off Gervacio/Towles)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Raul Ibanez 1
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels (L,10-10) 6.2966350 4.25
Tyler Walker0222100 3.34
Clay Condrey 0.1100010 3.10
J.C. Romero 1200000 2.70
Brad Lidge 1100000 7.38
IBB - Berkman by Cole Hamels
HBP - Matsui (by Brad Lidge)
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 103-68, Tyler Walker 11-5, Clay Condrey 11-7, J.C. Romero 21-13, Brad Lidge 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 7-6, J.C. Romero 1-2, Brad Lidge 2-1
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 30, Tyler Walker 3, Clay Condrey 2, J.C. Romero 5, Brad Lidge 5
Game Information
Attendance - 45146
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Bob Davidson