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Polanco Hits 2,000th in Phillies 5-1 Win

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.

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Series Preview: vs Houston Astros

PHI: 16-19, 5th in NL East; HOU: 15-19, 4th in NL Central

When: May 14-15
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Joe Blanton (3-3, 3.24) vs Lucas Harrell (2-2, 4.58)
Tuesday: Cliff Lee (0-1, 2.17) vs TBD

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Ex’s Shine In Win

J.A. Happ was good and Michael Bourn’s only hit was the one that mattered. The lefty shut down his former team and Bourn’s solo shot in the sixth was key as the Astros beat the Phillies for the third straight time this series by a score of 3-2.

Happ went 6 1/3 innings while allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four. It was his fourth win of the season. Both he and Brett Myers were victorious over their former teams who drafted them and saw them go through their farm system.

Bourn’s solo home run in the sixth broke a 1-1 tie created by the Phillies in the fifth. Chris Johnson and Humberto Quintero both had two hits on the game with Quintero’s being the winner in the seventh. Hunter Pence homered in the fourth inning to break up Roy Halladay’s early perfect game.

Halladay was great in his start, going seven innings and allowing three runs on six hits while striking out six. His perfect game was broken up in the fourth while Happ’s no-hit bid was lost in the fifth off of Jayson Werth’s lead-off homer.

Werth homered in the fifth and Placido Polanco doubled in Doc in the sixth to provide the Phillies with their only offense of the night.

Both Atlanta and San Francisco lost today to keep the Phillies 2 1/2 games back in the division and tied with the Giants for the wild card spot. It was the ninth straight day the Phillies and Braves matched each other for wins and losses.

2B: Polanco (23). HR: Werth (17).

WP: Happ (4-2). LP: Halladay (16-9). S: Lyon (8).