The Astros took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Justin Maxwell hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, knocking in Jose Altuve, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Fernando Martinez’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead. The Astros added to their lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Matt Dominguez, Jason Castro and J. D. Martinez, then a force out at the plate, 3-2, on a grounder hit by Dallas Keuchel, as Erik Kratz touch first base in front of Dominguez, while both Castro and Martinez would move up a base, and with one man out, Altuve hits into a force out, 3-6, as Keuchel is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, as Castro scores, making it a 3-0 Astros’ lead, while Martinez would stop at third base. The Astros made it a 4-0 lead in the fifth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, Brett Wallace hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring Keuchel, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Altuve’s sacrifice bunt, 2-3. The Astros increased their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Martinez hits an RBI single, knocking in Castro, who had just doubled, giving the Astros a 5-0 lead. That would end up being the final score as Wesley Wright pitched a scoreless ninth.
Kyle Kendrick (9-11, 3.95) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, as he struck out four. Josh Lindblom pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while he struck out two. Jake Diekman pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Dallas Keuchel (2-7, 4.97) got the win as he threw five and one-third innings, as he gave up five hits, four walks and a hit batter. Mickey Storey pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men that he would face. Xavier Cedeno, Hector Ambriz and Wesley Wright combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Ambriz (1), Wright (1)) and a walk (Cedeno) between them, while striking out a batter (Cedeno).
The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Ty Wigginton (Double), Erik Kratz (Single) and Kyle Kendrick (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits as the offense could not get the key hit to start scoring runs. The Phils also had five walks, three stolen bases (Rollins (28 & 29), Chase Utley (8)) and a hit batter (Utley) in the ballgame.
The Phils (73-73, 3rd East) will complete their series with the Astros (47-99, 6th Central) with a game already in progress.
The Phils finally breaks out some runs at Citi Field, partly thanks to some Mets mistakes, while Halladay shuts down the Mets’ bats, as the Phils defeat the Mets, 4-0.
The Phils took the lead in the third as, with two men on base, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Roy Halladay, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Rollins, who had earlier singled, stopped at third. The Mets tried to tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, as Jose Reyes hits a lead-off triple. But the Doc went to work as he got Angel Pagan to hit a grounder towards third, which Polanco scooped up, and after looking Reyes back to third, threw out Pagan, 5-3. Halladay then struck out the next two batters, David Wright and Carlos Beltran, both swinging, to end the threat. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a grounder to second baseman Ruben Tejada, who then threw the ball pass Reyes at second base for a throwing error, allowing Rollins, who had earlier walked, and then went to second base on Polanco’s single, to score, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead, while Polanco, who had earlier singled, was safe at second on the error. The Phils would increase their lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino, who then moved up a base on Carlos Ruiz’s ground out, 1-3, for the inning’s first out, and then an intentional walk to Wilson Valdez, and with two men out, as Halladay strikes out, Rollins hits a grounder to third baseman Wright, who then missed the ball, as it goes between his legs, allowing both Werth and Victorino to score on the fielding error, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while Valdez would stop at third and Rollins at second. In the ninth, the Mets tried to come back against Ryan Madson as they loaded up the bases via singles to Wright and Beltran, and Fernando Martinez being hit by a pitch, and with two men out, before Madson finally ended the game by striking out Josh Thole swinging.
Roy Halladay get the win as he pitches eight inning, giving up just four hits, while striking out seven. His record is now 15-8 with a 2.24 ERA. Ryan Madson pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just two hits and a hit batter, while striking out the side. Pat Misch took the lost, as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs, only one of which was earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. His record is now 0-1 with an ERA of 1.50. Bobby Parnell, Elmer Dessens and Francisco Rodriguez combine for three scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Rodriguez) between them, while striking out one (Dressens).
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Shane Victorino both leading the team with two hits each, all singles, with Polanco having the only Phil RBI of the night, as the other three runs came in on two Mets’ errors. Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz, Roy Halladay and pinch hitter Greg Dobbs had the other five Phils’ hit, with Dobbs’ hit being the Phils’ only extra-base hit, a double. The offense finally scored some runs in Citi Field, helped along by the Mets’ defense.
The Phils (65-51, 2nd) will conclude their three-game series with the Mets (58-58, 3rd) with a night game tonight, that will be televised by ESPN. The game will start at 8:05 pm, and will be played at Citi Field. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (7-5, 4.60), who is coming off a lost against the Dodgers on August 10, as he pitched only three and a third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 15-9 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched fifteen and two-thirds innings, giving up nine runs, eight of which were earned, on twenty hits and five walks, while striking out eleven. He will be trying to recover from last Tuesday’s bad start. The Mets will counter with Mike Pelfrey (11-6, 3.95), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on August 10, as he threw seven shut out innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Mets’ 1-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched seventeen and a third innings, giving up ten runs, eight of which were earned, on twenty hits and five walks, while striking out nine. He will be trying to give the Mets the series win. The Phils will be going for the series win, before coming back home for a series with the wild-card leading Giants.
The Phils’ home winning streak ends at twelve in a row as they lose a well pitched gem by Cole Hamels to the Mets, 1-0 on Saturday night. The offense then came back on Sunday to give needed runs support to Roy Halladay as he wins his fourteenth start as the Phils defeat the Mets, 6-5, to win the weekend series, staying two games behind the Braves in the East, and a 1/2 behind the Giants in the wild card race.
On Saturday, the game was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels and Mets’ starter Johan Santana. During the first six innings, Hamels was on fire, giving up no runs on five scattered hits, while striking out nine batters, while Santana had a no-hitter going into the Phils’ half of the sixth when, with one man on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco broke it up with a single to center, after Raul Ibanez had gotten on base after striking out as Santana threw a wild pitch, allowing him to reach first base, while Santana walks three batters, as he strikes out six. The Mets would finally take the lead in the seventh as Jeff Francoeur hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season, to gives the Mets a 1-0 lead, before Hamels would put down the next three Mets down in order, as he records strikeouts numbers 10 and 11 on the night. The Phils tried to tie it in their half of the seventh as Jayson Werth got on base with a lead-off double, but then committed a bone headed play as he ran to third base on a grounder by Ben Francisco, which was to Werth’s right, as he is thrown out at third by the the shortstop, 6-5, as he is tagged out, while Francisco is safe at first on the fielder’s choice. The Phils tried again in the eight as they get their first two batters of the inning, Jimmy Rollins and Ibanez, on base via singles, with Rollins stopping at second base. The next batter, Polanco laid down a bunt between the third base line and the mound, that was picked up by Santana, who then threw to third, to force out Rollins on the bunt attempt for the inning’s first out, while Ibanez moved up to second, and Polanco was safe at first. Two batters later, with two men out, the Phils load the bases as Werth walks, moving up a base both Ibanez and Polanco. Sadly, the Phils would be turned back as pinch hitter Ross Gload grounds out, 4-3 to end the inning. Thus, 1-0 would be the final score as Mets’ closer Francisco Rodriguez would record his twenty-fourth save of the season as he recorded a five-out save by striking out Dom Brown swinging.
Cole Hamels took the lose, as he threw seven strong innings, giving up only one run on six hits, while striking out eleven. His record is now 7-8 with a 3.45 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two. Ryan Madson pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Johan Santana gets the win as he pitches seven and a third innings, giving up five hits and three walks, while striking out six. His record is now 9-6 with a 3.06 ERA. Francisco Rodriguez records his twenty-fourth save of the season as he pitches an inning and two-thirds, giving up only a walk, while striking out two.
The Phils had just five hits in a game, singles by Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez, Placido Polanco and Wilson Valdez, and a double by Jayson Werth. The offense was once again unable to give any runs support to Cole Hamels.
On Sunday, the Mets jumps into the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Angel Pagan hits an RBI single, scoring Jose Reyes, who had started the game off with a double, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on third, as Pagan stole first second base, and then third, and with two men out, Ike Davis hits an RBI single, scoring Pagan, to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. The Phils cut the Mets’ lead in half in the second as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run to center field, his sixteenth home run of the year, as Carlos Beltran ran into the padding, making it a 2-1 Mets’ lead. The Phils then exploded in the third as, with one man out, Rollins got on base with a double. Polanco then got on base as Reyes commits a fielding error on his grounder, putting two men on base. The next batter, Gload, then hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, tying the game up at two-all, while sending Polanco up to third on the throw home, as Rollins touched the back part of the plate as he slid past the catcher. Ibanez then follows with a three-run home run, his eleventh home run of the season, as he has now hit in his career high sixteenth straight game, scoring both Polanco and Gload, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and now with two men out, Brian Schneider hits an RBI single, knocking in Werth, who had earlier doubled, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Mets would get a run back in the sixth as, with a runner on second and with no one out, Pagan hits an RBI single, scoring Reyes, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead to 6-3, while Pagan would move up to second on a fielding error by Brown, as he took his eyes off the ball while trying to field it. The Mets would cut the Phils’ lead down further in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ruben Tejada hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Fernando Martinez, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Josh Thole’s double, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead, while sending Thole, who had earlier double, up to third base. The Mets then made it a 6-5 Phils’ lead as pinch hitter Chris Carter hits an RBI double, scoring Thole. After giving up a walk to Reyes, Halladay finally got out of the inning by getting Pagan to fly out to center, for the inning’s second out, and then ending the inning by striking out Beltran swinging. That would end up being the Mets last change as they went down 1-2-3 to Madson in the eighth, before Lidge came in to record his fourteenth save, as he got Reyes to fly out to center, with a runner on third, for the final out.
Roy Halladay gets the win, as he pitches seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while he strikes out ten. His record is now 14-8 with a 2.34 ERA. Madson records his third hold of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Brad Lidge records his fourteenth save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. R.A. Dickey took the lost as he pitches just three innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk. His record is now 7-5 with an ERA of 2.65. Raul Valdes. Hisanori Takahashi, Pedro Feliciano and Manny Acosta combine for five scoreless innings in relief, giving up just four hits (Takahashi (2), Feliciano (1), Acosta (1)), while striking out four (one each).
The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with three hits, a single, a double and a solo home run, raising his average to .301. Jimmy Rollins and Wilson Valdez follow with two hits each, with Rollins hits being a single and a double, as he scores a run, while both of Valdez’s hits were singles. Placido Polanco, Ross Gload, Raul Ibanez, Brian Schneider and Roy Halladay had the other five Phils’ hits, with Polanco, Gload, Schneider and Halladay’s hits being singles, with Gload and Schenider both knocking in a run, while Ibanez’s hit was a three-run blast to center field. The offense, for the fourth straight game, scored some runs for their ace, this time being enough for the win.
The Phils (62-49, 2nd East) have the day off today before starting a three-game series with the Dodgers (58-54, 4th West) on Tuesday night.