MLB: Houston 5, Philadelphia 0

Sept. 15, 2012 at 10:55 PM

HOUSTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Dallas Keuchel tossed 5 1/3 shutout innings and Justin Maxwell backed him with a two-run homer Saturday in the Houston Astros' 5-0 whitewash of Philadelphia.

Keuchel (2-7) held the Phillies scoreless despite yielding four walks and five hits. The left-hander got the big outs when he needed them.


Maxwell's two-run blast in the first inning put Houston ahead to stay. Jose Altuve, Ben Wallace and J.D. Martinez added RBI for the winners.

Houston reached Kyle Kendrick (9-11) for four runs on seven hits in five innings

Philadelphia had entered the contest three games out of a National League wild card spot.

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