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Philadelphia at Houston

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Astros 7, Phillies 6

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HOUSTON -- Philadelphia still has a chance to make the playoffs with 15 games remaining. However, after losing three of four to the Houston Astros, even the Phillies admitted it just got harder.

Justin Maxwell hit a two-run double and Matt Dominguez added a two-run single in Houston's four-run seventh inning as the Astros rallied for a 7-6 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

Philadelphia fell to 3 1/2 games behind St. Louis and Los Angeles in the National League wild card race.

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Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said losing three of four to the Astros really hurts, but added that his team has to keep on playing.

"We can turn it around," Manuel said. "We are four back. We have been in tougher situations than this. We have to keep going and keep trying. You get tested all the time. We have to play like hell, but we can do it. We aren't going to give up. We are going to play it out. We have done it before. Survive."

Carlos Corporan and Scott Moore homered for the Astros, who remained one loss away from reaching 100 for the second straight season.

"The guys don't quit," Houston interim manager Tony DeFrancesco said. "It seems like they've got some life and fire. We're trying to establish the familiarity with participating in a winning ballgame. It's fun, and the clubhouse has got a little energy now."

Wesley Wright (2-2) pitched a scoreless seventh to pick up the win. Wilton Lopez got the last five outs for his sixth save.

Jose Altuve reached on an error by third baseman Michael Martinez to begin the seventh and Jimmy Paredes was walked by Antonio Bastardo (2-5). Pinch hitter Brandon Laird walked off Phillippe Aumont to load the bases with one out.

Maxwell's double down the right-field line that just found chalk put the Astros ahead 5-4, and Dominguez followed with his two-run single.

"I was hoping and I was seeing the runners ahead of me going," Maxwell said of his hit. "I didn't see it hit the chalk. I just kept running."

After Dominguez moved to second on a passed ball, Justin De Fratus intentionally walked pinch hitter Jason Castro one out later but got Tyler Greene to ground out to end the inning.

Domonic Brown sliced the lead to 7-6 with a two-run double off Mickey Storey in the eighth. Lopez, however, struck out pinch hitter Laynce Nix and got a grounder from Nate Schierholtz to end the inning.

Jimmy Rollins led off the ninth with a single and moved to second on Erik Kratz's fly ball to right. Lopez got Chase Utley to fly out to left and intentionally walked Ryan Howard before Carlos Ruiz grounded to first to end the game.

Rollins said losing three of four to the Astros was not good but not deflating.

"It shouldn't be deflating," Rollins said. "We lose games. It obviously doesn't matter the name on the jersey. If we lose, we just don't have any more room. Would it matter if it was the Nationals? No."

Phillies starter Roy Halladay gave up three runs on six hits with seven strikeouts in six innings, remaining two wins shy of 200 for his career.

Halladay said the Astros' young lineup was hard to figure out.

"It is definitely a different, odd team to pitch to," Halladay said. "Sometimes they are aggressive, sometimes they are not. Sometimes they are taking. I think the whole series, we never figured out what their plan was. It was kind of all over the place. That made it tough."

Jordan Lyles gave up four runs on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts in five innings for Houston. Lyles has gone longer than five innings just once in his last six starts.

Philadelphia scored three runs in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. Rollins singled with two outs, stole second and moved to third on Corporan's throwing error. Juan Pierre followed with a run-scoring double to left field.

Lyles intentionally walked Utley, and Howard followed with a two-run double to left but Howard was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple.

Corporan's solo homer in the sixth pulled Houston to 4-3.

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead in the first on Utley's sacrifice fly.

Moore's two-run homer in the third put the Astros ahead 2-1.

Notes

Houston OF Fernando Martinez was scratched from the lineup and replaced by Paredes in right field. ... Altuve was expected to get the day off Sunday but started after INF Jed Lowrie was given the day off due to soreness in his right leg, DeFrancesco said. Greene started at shortstop in place of Lowrie.. Philadelphia starts a three-game series Monday at the New York Mets with LHP Cliff Lee starting for the Phillies against RHP R.A. Dickey for the Mets.. Houston starts a three-game series at St. Louis on Tuesday with LHP Fernando Abad going for the Astros against RHP Kyle Lohse.

 
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Players of the Game
Philadelphia

J. Rollins
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Houston

S. Moore
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS4230111 .252
Juan Pierre, LF2111000 .312
   a- Ty Wigginton, PH0000000 .234
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
    Phillippe Aumont, P0000000 .000
    Justin De Fratus, P0000000 .000
   b- Erik Kratz, PH1000000 .254
Chase Utley, 2B2101203 .254
Ryan Howard, 1B4012121 .229
Carlos Ruiz, C4100022 .332
John Mayberry Jr., CF4110020 .260
Domonic Brown, RF-LF3012100 .239
Michael Martinez, 3B3020010 .172
   c- Laynce Nix, PH1000011 .259
    Kevin Frandsen, 3B0000000 .343
Roy Halladay, P2000022 .157
   d- Pete Orr, PH0000000 .306
   e- Darin Ruf, PH1000001 .000
    Nate Schierholtz, RF1000001 .243
Totals32696511  
a-hit by pitch for Pierre in the 7th
b-flied out for De Fratus in the 9th
c-struck out for Martinez in the 8th
d-announced for Halladay in the 7th
e-grounded out for Orr in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (33, Lyles), Juan Pierre (10, Lyles), Ryan Howard (11, Lyles), Domonic Brown (9, Storey), Michael Martinez (3, Ambriz)
SF - Chase Utley (3)
SH - Juan Pierre (14)
RBI - Juan Pierre (24), Chase Utley (33), Ryan Howard 2 (46), Domonic Brown 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre (14), Ryan Howard 2 (10)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (30, 3rd base off Lyles/Corporan)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
PB - Carlos Ruiz (5)
E - Michael Martinez (4, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roy Halladay 6633272 4.03
Antonio Bastardo (H,22; L,2-5) 0.1021110 4.63
Phillippe Aumont (BS,1)0222100 5.00
Justin De Fratus 1.2000100 0.00
IBB - Castro by Justin De Fratus
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 111-74, Antonio Bastardo 18-10, Phillippe Aumont 14-7, Justin De Fratus 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 6-5, Antonio Bastardo 1-0, Justin De Fratus 2-3
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 26, Antonio Bastardo 3, Phillippe Aumont 3, Justin De Fratus 6
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Altuve, 2B5100010 .291
Jimmy Paredes, RF3210200 .203
Scott Moore, 1B3122001 .241
   a- Brandon Laird, PH-1B0100100 .182
Justin Maxwell, CF-LF^CF4112021 .240
Matt Dominguez, 3B4012000 .292
Carlos Corporan, C4111021 .269
J.D. Martinez, LF3020010 .244
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Castro, PH0000100 .265
    Xavier Cedeno, P0000000 .000
    Mickey Storey, P0000000 .000
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
Tyler Greene, SS3000113 .225
Jordan Lyles, P1000002 .147
   c- Brandon Barnes, PH1000000 .203
    Hector Ambriz, P0000000 .000
    Brian Bogusevic, CF0000000 .205
   d- Matt Downs, PH-LF2000010 .203
Totals3378758  
a-walked for Moore in the 7th
b-was walked intentionally for Wright in the 7th
c-flied out for Lyles in the 5th
d-struck out for Bogusevic in the 7th
Batting
2B - Justin Maxwell (10, Aumont), J.D. Martinez (14, Halladay)
3B - J.D. Martinez (3, Halladay)
HR - Scott Moore (8, Halladay), Carlos Corporan (4, Halladay)
RBI - Scott Moore 2 (23), Justin Maxwell 2 (48), Matt Dominguez 2 (12), Carlos Corporan (10)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Corporan (4)
SB - Jose Altuve (31, 2nd base off Bastardo/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - J.D. Martinez 1
DP - T. Greene-Moore
E - Carlos Corporan (2, Throwing)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Lyles 5544460 5.40
Hector Ambriz 1100020 4.63
Wesley Wright (W,2-2) 1000010 3.19
Xavier Cedeno (H,4) 0.1000010 4.28
Mickey Storey0222000 3.65
Wilton Lopez (S,6) 1.2100110 2.24
IBB - Utley by Jordan Lyles, by Utley, Howard by Wilton Lopez
HBP - Wigginton (by Wesley Wright), Ruiz (by Mickey Storey)
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Lyles 84-50, Hector Ambriz 16-12, Wesley Wright 14-10, Xavier Cedeno 4-3, Mickey Storey 11-8, Wilton Lopez 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Lyles 6-1, Hector Ambriz 1-0, Wesley Wright 1-1, Wilton Lopez 2-2
Batters Faced - Jordan Lyles 22, Hector Ambriz 4, Wesley Wright 4, Xavier Cedeno 1, Mickey Storey 3, Wilton Lopez 7
Game Information
Attendance - 17438
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Dan Iassogna