Instant Replay: Phillies 2, Astros 1 (15 innings)

Instant Replay: Phillies 2, Astros 1 (15 innings)
August 6, 2014, 12:15 am
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Grady Sizemore slides safely into home plate for the game-winning run in the Phillies' 2-1 victory over the Astros. (AP)

BOX SCORE

Ryan Howard hit a solo homer in the second inning to give the Phillies their first lead of the night and then waited for the top of the 15th to give the team another lead on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

Howard’s walk-off single through the Houston Astros’ infield shift delivered the Phillies a 2-1 victory.

Howard’s RBIs are the only runs plated by the Phillies in 35 innings.

Reliever Hector Neris made his big-league debut in the 15th inning and picked up the win.

Starting pitching report
Lost amid the straight lines of zeroes on the scoreboard, Kyle Kendrick tossed a gem. He allowed five hits and a walk with three strikeouts in his seven innings. He threw 18 first-pitch strikes to the 25 hitters he faced and recorded 13 outs on ground balls.

Kendrick retired the first 10 hitters he faced and didn’t allow a runner to reach second base until the seventh inning when he walked the leadoff hitter, Chris Carter, and gave up a single to catcher Jason Castro. Former Phillies prospect Jon Singleton singled home a run with no outs before Kendrick wiggled out of the jam.

Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel also allowed just a run on five hits and a walk in seven innings. Keuchel struck out four and the homer to Howard to open the second was the only blemish on his line.

Bullpen report
Ken Giles pitched a perfect eighth inning, notching two strikes outs and Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth despite walking two hitters.

Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless 10th to set it up for Antonio Bastardo to strikeout six of the seven hitters he faced in the 11th and 12th innings.

Justin De Fratus and lefty Mario Hollands each tossed perfect innings. That set it up for Neris, who recorded a strikeout in a perfect inning.

At the plate
The chances to score were few and far between for the Phillies, but as expected, the club wasted those precious opportunities. In the fifth, the Phillies got the first two hitters on, and there they remained.

Chase Utley led off the sixth with a single, but was erased when Howard grounded into the first of two double plays. The second of those came in the eighth inning when the Phillies had two on and one out with Papelbon warming up in the bullpen.

Howard, Grady Sizemore, Cody Asche and Ben Revere each had a pair of hits. Sizemore went 2 for 4 even though he entered the game in the eighth inning.

All night long
The Phillies played at least 14 innings for the fifth time this season. That's the most the team has played at least 14 innings in a season since 1958.

Up next
Right-hander David Buchanan (5-5, 4.40) will join the Phillies from Triple A Lehigh Valley to take Cliff Lee’s spot in the rotation on Wednesday night. The Astros will send righty Brad Peacock (3-7, 4.93) to the mound to face the Phillies.

Peacock faced the Phillies once previously as a member of the Washington Nationals in 2011. In that one, Peacock gave up one hit in 5 2/3 innings to get his second major-league win.

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