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Phillies blow four-run lead, lose to Astros

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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.

Wesley Wright (1-2) got the last two outs of the eighth for the victory. Wilton Lopez allowed a hit in a scoreless ninth for his fifth save.

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.

The Phillies scored three times in the third. Juan Pierre and Chase Utley hit back-to-back one-out singles and Howard had a sacrifice fly. John Mayberry Jr. and Kevin Frandsen added RBI singles.

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.

Notes

  • Frandsen was back in the lineup after missing seven starts with a sore left ankle.
  • Houston's Bud Norris was scratched from Friday's start because of a blister on the index finger of his pitching hand. The Astros have a six-man rotation, so each pitcher will simply be moved up a game. RHP Edgar Gonzalez will start on Friday against Philadelphia LHP Cole Hamels.
  • Astros reliever Mickey Storey was OK a day after being hit on the side of the face by a line drive which glanced off his hand and shoulder before striking him in the face. He said before the game that he's a bit sore but feels lucky that the injury wasn't worse.
 
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Phillies reliever Jacob Diekman gathers his thoughts after giving up the game-deciding hits in the eighth inning.  (AP)
Phillies reliever Jacob Diekman gathers his thoughts after giving up the game-deciding hits in the eighth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Houston

M. Dominguez
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Philadelphia

J. Pierre
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS3000210 .248
Juan Pierre, LF3120100 .309
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
   a- Carlos Ruiz, PH1010000 .342
    Phillippe Aumont, P0000000 .000
    Jacob Diekman, P0000000 .000
Chase Utley, 2B4110106 .254
Ryan Howard, 1B4011011 .227
John Mayberry Jr., CF4111122 .255
Domonic Brown, RF-LF3100202 .242
Kevin Frandsen, 3B4011002 .338
Erik Kratz, C4011022 .256
Tyler Cloyd, P2000011 .167
    B.J. Rosenberg, P0000000 .000
   b- Pete Orr, PH1010000 .313
    Josh Lindblom, P0000000 .000
    Nate Schierholtz, RF1000010 .241
Totals3449478  
a-singled for Bastardo in the 8th
b-singled for Rosenberg in the 6th
Batting
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
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyler Cloyd 3533041 4.95
B.J. Rosenberg 2100020 9.60
Josh Lindblom (H,21) 1000120 3.36
Antonio Bastardo (H,21) 1100010 4.47
Phillippe Aumont (H,4; L,0-1) 0.2022200 3.00
Jacob Diekman (BS,1) 0.1311010 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
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Altuve, 2B5020002 .290
Fernando Martinez, LF2000000 .241
   a- Matt Downs, PH1000011 .204
    Brian Bogusevic, RF1000012 .205
Brett Wallace, 1B4000014 .264
Justin Maxwell, CF-LF4110010 .239
Jason Castro, C2110200 .261
    Jordan Schafer, PR0000000 .211
    Carlos Corporan, C0000000 .270
Matt Dominguez, 3B3213111 .283
Jimmy Paredes, RF3010021 .204
    Hector Ambriz, P0000000 .000
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Moore, PH0000000 .233
    Jordan Lyles, PR0100000 .152
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
Tyler Greene, SS3010012 .228
   c- Jed Lowrie, PH-SS1112000 .253
Lucas Harrell, P2000022 .164
    Xavier Cedeno, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Barnes, RF-CF2021000 .222
Totals336106310  
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
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Wallace-Lowrie-Lopez
E - Jimmy Paredes (5, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lucas Harrell 5.2743540 3.86
Xavier Cedeno 1000110 4.50
Hector Ambriz 0.2000010 5.59
Wesley Wright (W,1-2) 0.2100110 3.33
Wilton Lopez (S,5) 1100010 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
Game Information
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