The Phillies finally score a run, snap losing streak

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The Phillies hadn’t scored a run in 30 innings dating back to Sunday until Raul Ibanez knocked in Ryan Howard with a fourth-inning triple on Friday night. The Phillies added two more runs and defeated the Marlins 3-2 to end a five-game losing streak.

Shane Victorino had my favorite quote of the night (via Martin Frank of the News Journal):

“We were all excited,” Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino said. “We forgot what it was like. We were shaking hands and I forgot
what it was like to high-five guys after a game. My hands were
fossilled.”

With the win, the Phillies maintained their 1 1/2 game lead over the Braves in the National League East, but it wasn’t all good news on Friday night. According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Placido Polanco will undergo an MRI before Saturday’s game, the result of lingering soreness in his left elbow after being plunked by Tim Hudson on April 21. Still, Polanco is batting .313/.352/.469 with three homers and eight RBI through 96 at-bats this month.

Astros’ bullpen throws combined one-hitter for MLB-best 30th win

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The Astros’ bullpen did yeoman’s work in place of the injured Dallas Keuchel on Monday against the Tigers. Keuchel is temporarily sidelined with a pinched nerve in his neck.

Brad Peacock made the spot start, limiting the Tigers to one hit and two walks with eight strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. Chris Devenski took over with one out in the fifth, finishing out that inning as well as the sixth and seventh, facing the minimum. Will Harris pitched a perfect eighth and Ken Giles closed out the 1-0 victory in the ninth. Devenski, Harris, and Giles each had two strikeouts.

The Astros scored their only run in the bottom of the first inning as George Springer drew a leadoff walk, then scored on Jose Altuve‘s one-out double. Tigers starter Brad Fulmer pitched well enough to win on most days, giving up the lone run in seven frames.

After Monday’s win, the Astros became the first team to reach 30 wins, sitting on a 30-15 record. With a +55 run differential, even their expected record matches up with their actual record.

Brandon Phillips hit his 200th career home run

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Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.

Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.