Phillies 3B Placido Polanco celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the 8th inning, which was also his 2,000th hit in his career. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Phillies 5, Astros 1
WP – Joe Blanton (4-3, 2.96)
LP – Lucas Harrell (2-3, 4.40)
PHILADELPHIA — It was a historic night for Placido Polanco.
Polanco got his 2,000th career hit in the 8th inning, and helped the Phillies to a 5-1 win by scoring three times on the game. His 2,000th hit was a two-run bomb to left-center, his first homer of the season.
Polanco’s offense, along with the spark provided by Freddy Galvis and Carlos Ruiz throughout the night were enough for starter Joe Blanton to get his fourth win of the season
Blanton pitched into the 8th for the second time in his last three starts, dominating the poor Astros offense in the win. In seven-plus innings, Blanton allowed a run on six hits and a walk, striking out seven.
The only run the Astros could get off of Blanton was a solo home run by Marwin Gonzalez to lead off the 8th inning. Chris Johnson followed up with a single and that ended the night for Blanton, who threw 106 pitches.
For the first four innings, Astros starting pitcher Lucas Harrell held the Phillies scoreless.
Galvis got the Phillies first run across with his RBI single. It was the first of two RBIs for Galvis, who has 15 on the season.
The Phils then added two more in the 6th inning, proving to be the deciding runs in the game. Ruiz drove in Shane Victorino to make it 2-0 and Polanco scored on a Galvis RBI single to make it 3-0.
Galvis had a three-hit night, jumping his average up to .231 since being well under .200 two weeks ago. Ruiz’s two-hit night bumped his average up to .340, surpassing Juan Pierre for the team lead after Pierre’s 0-for-4 night dropped him down to .337.
2B: Mayberry (5). 3B: Victorino (2). HR: Polanco (1).