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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Houston Holds down Mighty Phillies

The Astros face the fearsome Phillies in the dome and take the first two games with good hitting and pitching. But the Phils' Randy Lerch comes back in the final game to shut out the Astros offense.

Game One: The Phillies' Dick Ruthven (2-5) gets bashed for four runs in the first two innings, led by a two run single from Jose Cruz, who is hitting over .380 in May. J.R. Richard (5-1) continues to pitch like an ace but is a little wild, walking four. But he gets relief help from Frank LaCorte and Dave Smith to preserve the win. HOU 6, PHI 2. 

Game Two: The Phils and Astros are tied at 2 apiece after nine, with nice pitching from Larry Christenson and Joe Niekro. The Phils get a solo blast from Mike Schmidt, his seventh, to stay in the game. But in the 10th, Phils pitcher Ron Reed allows a double off the left field wall from Alan Ashby and a pinch single from Dave Bergman to win it for Houston. HOU 3, PHI 2 (10).

Game Three: The Phillies' Randy Lerch (3-3) shuts out Houston in eight innings on five hits, as Houston continues to have trouble with lefthanders. His counterpart, Nolan Ryan (2-6) again is too wild to be effective, walking five on the way to allowing five runs in 6.1 innings. The Phillies only get one extra base hit, a double from Greg Luzinski, in a balanced scoring attack. PHI 5, HOU 0.

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