Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 4:48pm
Pence homers twice as Phils outlast Astros 4-3
Updated Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 6:06pm
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Hunter Pence crushed 2 home runs, including a line-drive into the flower bed in left with 1-out in the 10th inning off of Brett Myers, to give the Phillies a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros Tuesday afternoon.
The Phillies led 3-1 going into the 9th, but Chad Qualls, pitching for the unavailable Jonathan Papelbon, allowed 2 runs and 4 hits in the frame, the tying shot being an RBI double by Jason Castrol. Jake Diekman was then summoned into the game with 2-on, and 2-out, and got Marwin Gonzalez swinging for his first major league out and strikeout. Qualls was credited with his 3rd blown save.
Diekman then followed with a perfect 10th inning, setting up Pence's heroics, and giving the rookie a win in his first major league appearance.
Lee tossed 8 strong innings of 1-run, 5-hit baseball, while striking out a season-high 10. It's the 19th time in the southpaw's career he reached double-digits in strikeouts. The Phillies had been 0-4 in his starts this season. Lee has now gone winless in his first 5 starts for the first time in his career.
Offensively, Brian Schneider built off a 2-for-2 performance on Sunday by hammering a 2-run homer in the 2nd off of Astros spot-starter Jordan Lyles. The blast was his first of the season and doubled his RBI total on the season. Schneider's last home run was on April 21, 2011 at San Diego, a stretch of 145 at-bats.
Lee and Lyles would lock in a pitcher's duel until the 6th, when Hunter Pence sent his 8th home run of the season over the wall to make it 3-0.
Lyles allowed just one earned run (3 total) in 6 innings of work, but fell to 0-1 on the season while striking out 4.
The win gives the Phillies 3-in-a-row for the first time this season, after losing the 5 previous times attempting to get a winning streak. The Phillies also won their first extra-inning game in 5 attempts.
The Phillies head on the road for a brief 2-game set against the Cubs before returning home for Interleague Play against the Red Sox Friday. Published reports say Vance Worley will be scratched due to arm soreness, with Kyle Kendrick making the start.
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