Monday, May 14, 2012 - 9:53pm
Polanco blasts 2,000th hit as Phillies beat Astros
Updated Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 7:27am
Placido Polanco blasted his 1st home run of the season for his 2,000th career hit, as the Phillies beat the raindrops and the Astros 5-1 Monday night.
The 3rd baseman hit the blast off of Astros' reliever David Carpenter with 2 outs in the 8th inning into the flower bed just behind the left field wall.
Earlier, Freddy Galvis broke a scoreless tie in the 5th when his RBI single off of Astros' starter Lucas Harrell plated Placido Polanco.
Shane Victorino then kick-started the Phillies offense in the 6th with a lead-off triple. He would score on Carlos Ruiz's RBI single, which tied him with Hunter Pence with the team lead at 23. After Polanco reached on a fielder's choice and John Mayberry, Jr. doubled, Galvis again singled in Polanco to make it 3-0.
Blanton allowed just 5 hits and 1 walk in 7 scoreless innings, but ran into trouble in the 8th when Marwin Gonzalez cranked his first Major League homerun over the wall in right field. Jose Altuve then singled over the glove of Polanco to put an end to Blanton's night.
Antonio Bastardo and Chad Qualls were then summoned from the bullpen, putting out the fire as Bastardo struck out pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell and Jed Lowrie, and then Carlos Lee lined out to Hunter Pence. Lee was 3-for-3 going into that at-bat.
Despite the non-save situation, Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless 9th to close out the game.
Galvis went 3-for-4 for the Phillies, who are now 3-1 since Charlie Manuel's post-game meeting following the Mets series. The teams wrap up the brief 2-game set Tuesday afternoon at 1:05. (12:30 WDEL)
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