Philadelphia 12, Houston 6

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Friday, September 14, 2012 8:05 PM
Location - Minute Maid Park
Temperature - Indoors
Umpires - Home Plate - CB Bucknor, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Bill Miller,
Attendance - 17535

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Philadelphia 4 0 0 1 2 0 2 3 0 12 16 3
Houston 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 6 9 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Philadelphia 73-72 38-37 35-35 W1
Houston 46-99 30-43 16-56 L1


Phillies 12, Astros 6: Ryan Howard and John Mayberry Jr. drove in three runs apiece and Cole Hamels matched a career high with his 15th victory as visiting Philadelphia posted its 12th win in 15 outings.

Domonic Brown crushed a two-run homer and Jimmy Rollins went deep to lead off the game as the Phillies belted out 16 hits to avenge their series-opening loss. Philadelphia moved within three games of St. Louis in the race for the second wild card in the National League. The Cardinals dropped an 8-5 decision to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

Howard, whose ground-rule RBI double highlighted a four-run first inning, added a two-run single to cap the Phillies' scoring in the eighth. Mayberry, who had three hits, delivered an RBI single in the first and a two-run infield hit in the fifth.

Staked to an offensive explosion, Hamels (15-6) won his fourth straight decision en route to matching his career-high win total, which was set during the 2007 season. The left-hander yielded four runs and struck out eight in seven innings.

Making his third start since being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City, Edgar Gonzalez (2-1) was blitzed for five runs on six hits in four innings to take the loss.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Matt Downs launched a towering two-run homer off the edifice in left field. Justin Maxwell added a solo shot off the left-field foul pole in the fifth inning for the Astros. ... Rollins' blast gave him four 20-homer seasons in his career. ... Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. detailed that Chase Utley will likely not play at third base during the race for the postseason. Utley, who is a five-time All-Star second baseman, has toyed with the idea of moving to third to aid his troubled knees.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Philadelphia   Houston
Cole Hamels Player Edgar Gonzalez
Win W/L Loss
7.0 IP 4.0
8 Strikeouts 2
7 Hits 6
3.86 ERA 11.25
Philadelphia   Houston
John Mayberry Player Jose Altuve
3 Hits 3
3 RBI 0
0 HR 0
4 TB 4
.600 Avg .600

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Philadelphia 16 2 26 .390 17 8 12 5 3 3
Houston 9 2 16 .237 12 12 3 1 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Houston will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Astros have a W/L % of .326 after a win and .316 after a loss.
  • Philadelphia will play their next game on the road against Houston. The Phillies have a W/L % of .562 after a win and .444 after a loss.
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