Monday, May 14, 2012

Blanton Shines as Phillies Offense Emerges

PBR- On a wet, nasty night the Phillies saw another strong outing by their starter in today's 5-1 win over the Astros. Joe Blanton went seven innings, and surrendered only one run on a solo blast by pinch hitter Marwin Gonzalez.

Freddy Galvis and Placido Polanco led the Phillies at the plate, with each of them driving in two runs. Polanco's two RBIs came on homerun and his 2,000th career hit. Carlos Ruiz also drove in a run on a single to centerfield that plated Shane Victorino.

Houston's bats were silent until the top of the eighth inning, when Gonzalez's blast made the score 3-1. Astro's first baseman Carlos Lee had three of the Astros six hits.

Houston starter Lucas Harrell went five and two-thirds innings in the loss, giving up three runs on five hits.

With Philadelphia's strong pitching and timely offense they improve their record to 17-19, while Houston falls to 15-20.

Tomorrow afternoon Cliff Lee will look to get his first win of the season, as the Phillies take on the Astros again at Citizens Bank Park.

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