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HOUSTON -- In the midst of a heated wild-card race, the Philadelphia Phillies know there's little room for error.
That made Saturday's shutout loss to the Houston Astros that much more frustrating.
Kyle Kendrick got knocked around in an uncharacteristically shaky start, and the Philadelphia offense was held to just seven hits in a 5-0 loss to the Astros that hurt the Phillies' chances at a wild-card spot.
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"We can't afford to lose games," said Kendrick, who gave up four earned runs over five innings for the loss.
The Phillies were slowed in their surge for an NL playoff spot for the second time in three games by the worst team in the majors. Philadelphia entered the day three games behind St. Louis for the final wild-card spot. The Cardinals played the Dodgers later Saturday.
"Tonight was unreal," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We have to keep playing. We've got to play better. They outplayed us."
Dallas Keuchel pitched five-hit ball into the sixth inning to help the Astros avoid their 100th loss of the season.
"I don't normally pay attention to the wins and losses, but I looked before the game and saw that we had 99 losses," said Keuchel (2-7), who won for the first time since June 23 against Cleveland.
Kendrick (9-11) struggled early in what became his shortest outing in more than a month. He gave up the four runs on seven hits, including a two-run homer to Justin Maxwell.
The Phillies blew a 4-0 lead in Friday's 6-4 loss to Houston (47-99) to open the four-game series, a loss that snapped a seven-game winning streak.
"It's tough to lose to a team like this," said Kendrick, who lost for only the second time in eight starts.
Keuchel (2-7) lasted 5 1/3 innings, escaping bases-loaded jams in the first and fourth innings to frustrate the Phillies, who left 12 on base and went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
"I'm real happy for Keuchel," Astros manager Tony DeFrancesco said. "He battled out of a couple of tough jams, and I wanted to make sure the kid got a win when he came out. I'm real proud of him."
Four relievers combined to finish the seven-hitter.
Maxwell's two-run homer came with two outs in the first. It was Maxwell's 16th home run of the season. Altuve led off the inning with a single.
Altuve drove in Matt Dominguez in the second to make it 3-0 Astros. Wallace drove in a run with a ground-rule double in the fifth inning, and Martinez added an RBI single in the sixth off Philly reliever Josh Lindblom.
The Phillies loaded the bases in the first inning but failed to capitalize, with Ty Wigginton flying out to left to end the threat.
"He made pitches when he needed to," Kratz said of Keuchel.
But Keuchel got Kevin Frandsen's bouncing comebacker and threw it to first for the third out.
"We missed some chances," Kendrick said. "But I can't say I did my job either, tonight."
|Justin Maxwell connects for a two-run home in the first inning of the Astros win over the Phillies. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||0||1||0||1||0||1||.249|
|Kevin Frandsen, 3B||5||0||2||0||0||0||4||.343|
|Chase Utley, 2B||2||0||0||0||2||0||1||.256|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||5||.228|
|John Mayberry Jr., CF||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.260|
|Ty Wigginton, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||3||.234|
|a- Laynce Nix, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.262|
|Domonic Brown, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.237|
|Erik Kratz, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.256|
|Kyle Kendrick, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.156|
|b- Pete Orr, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.306|
|Josh Lindblom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jacob Diekman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Carlos Ruiz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.336|
|a-popped out for Wigginton in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Kendrick in the 6th|
|c-flied out for Diekman in the 9th|
|2B - Kevin Frandsen (4, Wright), Ty Wigginton (11, Keuchel)|
|SH - Kyle Kendrick (6)|
|SB - Jimmy Rollins 2 (29, 2nd base off Keuchel/Castro, 3rd base off Keuchel/Castro), Chase Utley (8, 2nd base off Keuchel/Castro)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|E - Kevin Frandsen (7, Throwing)|
|Kyle Kendrick (L,9-11)||5||7||4||4||0||4||1||3.95|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 91-58, Josh Lindblom 35-24, Jacob Diekman 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 8-4, Josh Lindblom 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 23, Josh Lindblom 10, Jacob Diekman 3|
|Jose Altuve, 2B||3||1||1||1||0||0||1||.294|
|Fernando Martinez, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||5||.231|
|Brandon Barnes, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.206|
|Brett Wallace, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||3||1||.262|
|Justin Maxwell, CF-LF||4||1||1||2||0||1||0||.240|
|Jed Lowrie, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.253|
|Tyler Greene, PR-SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.228|
|Matt Dominguez, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.295|
|Jason Castro, C||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||.265|
|J.D. Martinez, LF||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.241|
|Brian Bogusevic, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.205|
|Dallas Keuchel, P||2||1||1||0||0||0||3||.111|
|Mickey Storey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Scott Moore, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.233|
|Xavier Cedeno, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Hector Ambriz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Brandon Laird, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.182|
|Wesley Wright, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Storey in the 6th|
|b-flied out for Ambriz in the 8th|
|2B - Brett Wallace (10, Kendrick), Jason Castro (15, Lindblom)|
|HR - Justin Maxwell (16, Kendrick)|
|SH - Jose Altuve (3)|
|RBI - Jose Altuve (34), Brett Wallace (18), Justin Maxwell 2 (46), J.D. Martinez (55)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brett Wallace (3), Justin Maxwell 2 (24)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Lowrie-Altuve-Wallace|
|Dallas Keuchel (W,2-7)||5.1||5||0||0||4||0||0||4.97|
|HBP - Utley (by Dallas Keuchel)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dallas Keuchel 95-48, Mickey Storey 11-8, Xavier Cedeno 18-10, Hector Ambriz 16-11, Wesley Wright 23-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dallas Keuchel 13-2, Xavier Cedeno 1-1, Hector Ambriz 1-2, Wesley Wright 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Dallas Keuchel 25, Mickey Storey 2, Xavier Cedeno 4, Hector Ambriz 4, Wesley Wright 4|
|Attendance - 20419|
|Game Time - 3:10|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor|