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HOUSTON -- Philadelphia's recent surge was slowed by an unlikely foe.
Pinch-hitter Jed Lowrie delivered a two-run double in the eighth inning and the lowly Houston Astros stung Philadelphia, rallying for a 6-4 victory Thursday night that ended the Phillies' seven-game winning streak.
That run had pushed the Phillies within three games of St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot.
"The percentages in baseball, sooner or later, you are going to get beat," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "At the same time, I didn't mean for it to happen tonight. We had a chance to win the game, it was sitting right in front of us. The bottom line is that we didn't add on runs, but we didn't execute either."
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Philadelphia couldn't hold an early 4-0 lead. Lowrie's two-out hit put the Astros ahead 5-4.
"We had opportunities and Lowrie got a big hit for him," Philadelphia's Ryan Howard said.
Matt Dominguez hit a three-run homer for Houston, which has the worst record in the majors.
Philadelphia's bullpen had pitched four scoreless innings after an early exit by starter Tyler Cloyd before running into trouble in the eighth.
Phillippe Aumont (0-1) took over in the eighth with a 4-3 lead and walked Jason Castro with one out. Pinch-runner Jordan Schafer was caught stealing on a strong throw by catcher Erik Kratz from his knees.
But Aumont walked Dominguez and plunked pinch-hitter Scott Moore on the foot.
Aumont pitched in both games of a doubleheader on Sunday and in each of the past three games.
"That is a lot of pitching for him, and I did feel like he was out of gas," Manuel said. "The more he stayed out there, you could see that he didn't have the stuff he had yesterday."
Jake Diekman, the fifth Phillies reliever of the game, gave up Lowrie's hit that stopped a string of 21 consecutive scoreless innings pitched by Philadelphia's bullpen.
Brandon Barnes pushed the lead to 6-4 with an RBI single.
For the Astros, it was a bright spot in this mostly dreadful season.
"There's a lot of satisfaction in that," Wright said of beating a team in postseason contention. "They come with a lot on the line and we have a chance to kind of derail that and finish the season on a positive note. So it's a good victory all the way around."
Kratz broke an 0-for-16 skid with an RBI double to give Philadelphia a 1-0 lead in the second.
Justin Maxwell and Castro hit back-to-back singles in the fourth before Dominguez's shot. The drive broke an 0-for-13 streak for Dominguez and was his third three-run homer in the past seven games.
Houston starter Lucas Harrell allowed seven hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings to remain winless since Aug. 14.
Pinch-hitter Pete Orr singled with two outs in the sixth and Harrell issued back-to-back walks, which loaded the bases. Harrell was lifted after the second walk, and jawed at plate umpire Bill Miller on his way to the dugout and was ejected.
"The competitiveness of wanting to win kind of got a hold of me today and I let my emotions run a little bit," Harrell said, adding that he thought he pitched "horrible."
He was replaced by Xavier Cedeno, who retired Utley to end the threat.
Cloyd yielded five hits and three runs in three-plus innings.
Cloyd retired his first six batters before Jimmy Paredes singled to start the third. Jose Altuve hit a two-out single and Cloyd hit Fernando Martinez with a pitch to load the bases before getting Brett Wallace on a grounder.
It was the second tough start for Cloyd, who had his contract purchased from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Aug. 29. He allowed eight hits and four runs in four innings of his last start, but received a no-decision.
|Phillies reliever Jacob Diekman gathers his thoughts after giving up the game-deciding hits in the eighth inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||3||0||0||0||2||1||0||.248|
|Juan Pierre, LF||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.309|
|Antonio Bastardo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Carlos Ruiz, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.342|
|Phillippe Aumont, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jacob Diekman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chase Utley, 2B||4||1||1||0||1||0||6||.254|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.227|
|John Mayberry Jr., CF||4||1||1||1||1||2||2||.255|
|Domonic Brown, RF-LF||3||1||0||0||2||0||2||.242|
|Kevin Frandsen, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.338|
|Erik Kratz, C||4||0||1||1||0||2||2||.256|
|Tyler Cloyd, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.167|
|B.J. Rosenberg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Pete Orr, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.313|
|Josh Lindblom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.241|
|a-singled for Bastardo in the 8th|
|b-singled for Rosenberg in the 6th|
|2B - Erik Kratz (9, Harrell)|
|SF - Ryan Howard (3)|
|RBI - Ryan Howard (41), John Mayberry Jr. (43), Kevin Frandsen (10), Erik Kratz (25)|
|2-OUT RBI - John Mayberry Jr. (24), Kevin Frandsen (9), Erik Kratz (9)|
|SB - Jimmy Rollins (27, 3rd base off Wright/Castro), Pete Orr (3, 2nd base off Harrell/Castro)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|Josh Lindblom (H,21)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||3.36|
|Antonio Bastardo (H,21)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||4.47|
|Phillippe Aumont (H,4; L,0-1)||0.2||0||2||2||2||0||0||3.00|
|Jacob Diekman (BS,1)||0.1||3||1||1||0||1||0||4.76|
|HBP - F. Martinez (by Tyler Cloyd), Moore (by Phillippe Aumont)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Cloyd 65-43, B.J. Rosenberg 20-12, Josh Lindblom 21-12, Antonio Bastardo 19-15, Phillippe Aumont 17-5, Jacob Diekman 15-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Cloyd 2-3, B.J. Rosenberg 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Tyler Cloyd 15, B.J. Rosenberg 7, Josh Lindblom 4, Antonio Bastardo 4, Phillippe Aumont 4, Jacob Diekman 4|
|Jose Altuve, 2B||5||0||2||0||0||0||2||.290|
|Fernando Martinez, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.241|
|a- Matt Downs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.204|
|Brian Bogusevic, RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.205|
|Brett Wallace, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.264|
|Justin Maxwell, CF-LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.239|
|Jason Castro, C||2||1||1||0||2||0||0||.261|
|Jordan Schafer, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.211|
|Carlos Corporan, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.270|
|Matt Dominguez, 3B||3||2||1||3||1||1||1||.283|
|Jimmy Paredes, RF||3||0||1||0||0||2||1||.204|
|Hector Ambriz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wesley Wright, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Scott Moore, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.233|
|Jordan Lyles, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.152|
|Wilton Lopez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tyler Greene, SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||2||.228|
|c- Jed Lowrie, PH-SS||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.253|
|Lucas Harrell, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.164|
|Xavier Cedeno, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon Barnes, RF-CF||2||0||2||1||0||0||0||.222|
|a-struck out for F. Martinez in the 7th|
|b-hit by pitch for Wright in the 8th|
|c-doubled for T. Greene in the 8th|
|2B - Tyler Greene (14, Rosenberg), Jed Lowrie (17, Diekman)|
|HR - Matt Dominguez (4, Cloyd)|
|RBI - Matt Dominguez 3 (10), Jed Lowrie 2 (38), Brandon Barnes (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jed Lowrie 2 (12), Brandon Barnes (3)|
|SB - Jose Altuve (30, 2nd base off Diekman/Kratz), Brandon Barnes (1, 2nd base off Bastardo/Kratz)|
|CS - Jordan Schafer (9, 2nd base by Aumont/Kratz)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Wallace-Lowrie-Lopez|
|E - Jimmy Paredes (5, Misplayed grounder)|
|Wesley Wright (W,1-2)||0.2||1||0||0||1||1||0||3.33|
|Wilton Lopez (S,5)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.30|
|WP - Lucas Harrell (9)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Lucas Harrell 104-61, Xavier Cedeno 21-11, Hector Ambriz 8-6, Wesley Wright 13-7, Wilton Lopez 11-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lucas Harrell 8-5, Xavier Cedeno 2-0, Wesley Wright 1-0, Wilton Lopez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Lucas Harrell 29, Xavier Cedeno 4, Hector Ambriz 2, Wesley Wright 4, Wilton Lopez 3|
|Attendance - 13028|
|Game Time - 3:28|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott|