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Philadelphia at Houston

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    Philadelphia10100100205--
    Houston «00100110306--

    Astros 6, Phillies 5(10)

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    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Livan Hernandez is almost ready to begin the season. Cole Hamels says he's a couple of starts away.

    Both pitchers were sharp Tuesday in the Houston Astros' 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

    Brian Bixler won it for the Astros with a three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning, long after Hernandez and Hamels had put up a string of zeroes.

    The 37-year-old Hernandez, trying to nail down a spot in the Astros' rotation, pitched five shutout innings, scattering five hits, including a double by Hunter Pence.

    "I threw five innings and 60-some pitches, so I'm pretty close, 85 or 90 percent," said Hernandez, baseball's active career leader with 474 starts. "One more bullpen and I could be ready."

    Manager Brad Mills said Hernandez probably could have pitched another couple of inning if he'd needed to.

    "I threw the ball down, had a good sinker today. Everything's going the way I want it," Hernandez said. "My curveball was breaking pretty good, too. The arm is feeling very fresh and very good right now. That's what I'm looking for."

    Hamels also worked five innings in his third spring start and was satisfied with his changeup, which he used in every inning.

    "I'm still trying to get all the rest of the pitches in, but it's nice getting into a situation where I can throw the changeup just reading the swings off the hitters," he said. "I'll work on throwing it to different areas and getting more of the action that I know I have. It's coming."

    The fastball needs a little work. Carlos Lee hit one for a double in the fourth inning, leading to the only run off Hamels.

    "Once I'm really in a good rhythm, I'm able to throw it three, four, five times in a row," said Hamels, who gave up four hits and struck out four. "But right now I'm getting a really good pitch and then I'm leaking the second one a little bit and it fades over the plate into the barrel."

    He will make one more start before pitching as though it were the regular season, Hamels said.

    Bixler, a non-roster infielder who entered the game as a pinch-runner in the seventh inning, said it was the first walkoff homer he could remember hitting at any level.

    Domonic Brown's home run had started a two-run 10th inning for the Phillies against Enerio Del Rosario, who got the win.

    NOTES: Phillies infielder Michael Martinez left the game with a bruised right elbow in the fifth inning after being hit with a pickoff attempt. ... The Astros optioned pitchers Jorge DeLeon and Arcenio Leon to Double-A Corpus Christi and reassigned pitcher Henry Villar, infielders Delino DeShields and Jonathan Villar and outfielder George Springer to their minor league camp, leaving 57 players, including 25 pitchers. ... Phillies right fielder Scott Podsednik made a sliding catch right behind second base in the eighth inning.

     
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    Philadelphia Phillies
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Scott Podsednik, CF-RF5010014 .320
    Pete Orr, 3B3111000 .200
    John Mayberry Jr., 1B3000001 .192
        Hector Luna, 1B2000004 .190
    Hunter Pence, RF3010001 .292
        Tyson Gillies, CF2000002 .143
    Lou Montanez, DH3021011 .471
       a- Juan Pierre, PH-DH1100100 .263
    Domonic Brown, LF5121002 .313
    Brian Schneider, C3010000 .200
        Steve Lerud, PR-C2121000 .333
    Michael Martinez, SS2020000 .333
        Kevin Frandsen, PR-SS2110001 .211
    Freddy Galvis, 2B3021101 .364
    Totals39515522  
    a-walked for Montanez in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Hunter Pence (2, Hernandez), Kevin Frandsen (1, Del Rosario)
    HR - Domonic Brown (1, Del Rosario)
    SF - Pete Orr (1), Freddy Galvis (3)
    SH - Scott Podsednik (2)
    RBI - Pete Orr (1), Lou Montanez (6), Domonic Brown (2), Steve Lerud (1), Freddy Galvis (6)
    2-OUT RBI - Lou Montanez (3)
    SB - Pete Orr (1, 2nd base off Carpenter/Snyder), Lou Montanez (1, 2nd base off Carpenter/Snyder)
    PK - Steve Lerud (1, Cruz)
    Team LOB - 11
    Fielding
    E - Domonic Brown (2, Throwing)
    Philadelphia Phillies
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Cole Hamels 5411040 1.69
    Dave Bush 1200010 6.75
    Raul Valdes (BS,1) 1211110 2.25
    Brian Sanches (BS,1) 2211100 6.75
    Jeremy Horst (BS,1; L,1-1) 0.1233111 9.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 28-28, Dave Bush 7-7, Raul Valdes 11-7, Brian Sanches 13-8, Jeremy Horst 9-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 4-7, Brian Sanches 2-4
    Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 19, Dave Bush 5, Raul Valdes 6, Brian Sanches 9, Jeremy Horst 4
    Houston Astros
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Jason Bourgeois, CF4000003 .188
    Jed Lowrie, SS2000000 .250
        Angel Sanchez, SS3021001 .750
        Joe Thurston, 2B0000000 .200
    J.D. Martinez, LF3120000 .412
        Brad Snyder, PR-LF2000013 .214
    Carlos Lee, 1B4020002 .308
        Brandon Barnes, PR0100000 .167
        Jonathan Singleton, 1B1110000 .444
    Matt Downs, DH3101123 .333
    Chris Snyder, C3010013 .385
        Carlos Corporan, C1000001 .143
       a- Chris Wallace, PH1000012 .333
    Chris Johnson, 3B3010001 .294
        Brian Bixler, PR-2B^SS2224000 .375
    Justin Ruggiano, RF3000011 .000
        Travis Buck, RF1000001 .000
    Jose Altuve, 2B2010110 .333
        Diory Hernandez, 3B0000100 .125
    Totals38612637  
    a-struck out for Corporan in the 10th
    Batting
    2B - Carlos Lee 2 (2, Hamels, Sanches), Chris Johnson (2, Valdes)
    HR - Brian Bixler (1, Horst)
    SF - Matt Downs (1)
    SH - Jason Bourgeois (1)
    RBI - Angel Sanchez (1), Matt Downs (2), Brian Bixler 4 (4)
    2-OUT RBI - Angel Sanchez (1), Brian Bixler (1)
    SB - Brian Bixler (2, 2nd base off Sanches/Lerud), Jose Altuve (1, 2nd base off Hamels/Schneider)
    Team LOB - 9
    Fielding
    DP - Hernandez-Lowrie-Lee, Hernandez-Bixler-Lee
    Houston Astros
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Livan Hernandez 5500010 1.93
    David Carpenter (BS,1) 1211000 2.25
    Rhiner Cruz 0.1211100108.00
    Fernando Abad 0.2000000 0.00
    Lucas Harrell 2311100 3.18
    Enerio Del Rosario (W,1-0) 1322011 11.57
    HBP - Frandsen (by Rhiner Cruz), Orr (by Lucas Harrell)
    Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 21-21, David Carpenter 7-6, Rhiner Cruz 7-2, Fernando Abad 2-2, Lucas Harrell 13-8, Enerio Del Rosario 8-8
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 5-8, David Carpenter 2-1, Lucas Harrell 3-2, Enerio Del Rosario 1-1
    Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 19, David Carpenter 5, Rhiner Cruz 4, Fernando Abad 2, Lucas Harrell 10, Enerio Del Rosario 6
    Game Information
    Attendance - 5758
    Game Time - 2:56
    Temperature - 68
    Umpires - Home - Mark Lollo, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Lance Barksdale