Phils RF Hunter Pence steals second base against his former team. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
For the first time since being traded to the Phillies back on July 29, 2010, Roy Oswalt stepped foot on the hill at Minute Maid Park.
But this time, he was walking to and from a different dugout.
Unlike many shut outs and gems tossed in this park, that wasn’t the story tonight for Oswalt. His former team jumped all over him as the Astros beat the Phils, 5-1.
Much like many nights, the Phils jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning when Pete Orr drove in Raul Ibanez. But that was all the offense the Phils could muster off Brett Myers and it gave the Astros offense a chance to get to Oswalt.
Houston took the 2-1 lead in the 4th on an RBI single by Jimmy Peredes and an RBI double by Humberto Quintero. In the next inning, Carlos Lee did what he does best against Philadelphia and drove a two-run blast to left field to make it 4-1.
Myers shut down his former team once again, scattering six hits and walk over eight innings while striking out four. Myers also had his second multi-hit game of the season, with the previous coming against the Phils on Opening Day.
Also making his return to Houston, and playing in his first career game against the Astros, was Hunter Pence. Pence went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base in the loss.
With the St. Louis Cardinals loss, the Phillies magic number to clinch a division is now at one game. Their magic number for the division is still at six games.
2B: Pence (35), Ibanez (29).
WP: Myers (5-13). LP: Oswalt (7-9).