MLB: Houston 5, Philadelphia 1

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Wandy Rodriguez allowed five hits over seven innings Thursday in leading the Houston Astros to a 5-1 win and four-game series sweep of Philadelphia.

Rodriguez (10-12) didn't allow a run until after the Astros were up by four runs and the series sweep knocked the Phillies out of first place in the race for the National League wild-card playoff spot.


Houston scored in each of the first four innings in beating Kyle Kendrick (8-7), who allowed nine hits and four runs in six innings.

Carlos Lee singled in a run in the first and hit a third-inning home run in leading the Astros' offense. He has 18 home runs this season. Lead-off hitter Michael Bourn had three hits, including a run-scoring single in the second inning, and Rodriguez chipped in an RBI single in the fourth.

Philadelphia's run came in the sixth when Chase Utley hit a run-scoring double and Anderson Hernandez drove in the final Houston run in the seventh inning.

The Phillies, who have scored two or fewer runs in seven of their last eight games, trail San Francisco by one-half game in the wild-card race.


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