Myers Beats Former Team

Brett Myers “stuck it” to the Phils. He backed up his comments in the off season as he limited the Phillies offense to two runs as the Astros beat Philly 3-2 Monday night.

Myers allowed only two runs in seven innings of work. He gave up those two runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out nine. In his last nine starts, Myers has allowed more than two earned runs only once.

It looked as though Joe Blanton was going to get the win with the way Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge have been pitching. But Madson allowed two runs in the eighth on a two-run single by Carlos Lee, coughing up the 2-1 lead to Houston.

Blanton got out of a jam in the first inning thanks to defense. With a run already in for Houston, Chase Utley made a great throw at the plate to hold it the score and Jayson Werth followed that up with a sliding catch in right. He wound up allowing a run on five hits and striking out nine in seven innings.

Carlos Ruiz hit a solo home run to tie the ball game in the third after Blanton had a rough first inning. They later added a run in that inning to give Blanton a 2-1 cushion. Then the bull pen faltered.

2B: Werth (42). HR: Ruiz (6).

WP: Myers (9-7). LP: Madson (4-2). S: Lyon (7).

Boxscore.

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