The Phillies win on Tuesday was still overshadowed by the fact that only two runs had scored in the previous 34 innings. Both were from Ryan Howard.
Howard had company on Wednesday.
The Phillies scored five runs in the first and added five more in the other eight innings to score an easy 10-3 win over the Astros at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies surrendered the game’s first run in the first. Jonathan Singleton grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Jose Altuve to give Houston the early lead.
In the home half of the first, the Phillies answered in a big way. Howard picked up where he left off the night before to start, hitting a two-run double to left to give the Phillies the lead. Howard scored on a wild pitch. Another run scored on a sacrifice fly by Wil Nieves. Even starting pitcher David Buchanan got in on the act, getting his first hit, an RBI single, to cap the five-run inning.
Buchanan had all the run support needed from there, but did give up a run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth to Jake Marisnick. The Phillies once again had a big answer.
Chase Utley belted a three-run home run in the fourth, his 10th of the season.
Buchanan pitched into the seventh – which was much-needed after a hefty workload for the bullpen in a 15-inning game on Tuesday – and allowed a third run on an RBI groundout by Altuve. The Phillies scored one run in the seventh on an RBI single by Marlon Byrd and one run in the eighth as a run crossed home on a wild pitch.
Buchanan lasted 6 1/3 innings allowing three runs on nine hits. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.
Jake Diekman finished the seventh, Justin De Fratus worked a scoreless eighth and Cesar Jimenez pitched a scoreless ninth to end the game.
The Phillies had 12 hits, 10 by the top four hitters in the lineup. Ben Revere was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and a triple. Jimmy Rollins, Utley and Howard each had two hits. Utley and Howard combined to drive in five runs.
The Phillies go for a sweep of the series against the Astros on Thursday night when Roberto Hernandez faces Collin McHugh. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
L: Brad Peacock (3-8)