Phillies Vs. Astros: Phils Drop Series Finale To Houston, 7-6

Despite recording a no-decision, Roy Halladay gave up a pair of home runs on Sunday in a 7-6 loss to Houston.

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Phillies Vs. Astros Final Score: Philadelphia Edged In Series Finale, 7-6

Looking to keep themselves afloat in the National League playoff race, the Philadelphia Phillies were unable to keep their late-season surge going on Sunday afternoon in a 7-6 loss to the Astros.

Philadelphia starter Roy Halladay scattered six hits and served up a pair of home runs before exiting after six innings, but escaped from the game with a no decision after a disaster from his bullpen. Houston reliever Wesley Wright tossed a clean seventh inning to pick up the win for the Astros, while Philadelphia strikeout artist Antonio Bastardo was saddled with his fifth loss of 2012.

Still facing an uphill battle in order to lay claim to one of the league's two wildcard spots, the Phillies will continue their road trip against the New York Mets from Citi Field on Monday. Cliff Lee is scheduled to take the mound to face New York Cy Young contender R.A. Dickey and his renowned knuckleball.

For more on the Phillies, head over to The Good Phight. For more Astros coverage, check out The Crawfish Boxes, and be sure to visit Baseball Nation for even more news from around the league.

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Phillies Vs. Astros Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Philadelphia Phillies will conclude their four-game series at the Houston Astros on Sunday (2:05 p.m. ET on PHL17/94 WIP), and the Phillies (73-73) will be searching for a must-needed victory as they try to keep pace in the NL Wild Card spot, which sits three games ahead of Philadelphia.

Ace Roy Halladay (10-7, 4.01 ERA) will take the mound for the Phillies, opposed by 21-year-old Jordan Lyles, who's 4-11 with a 5.35 ERA. Halladay has won each of his last four decisions, while Lyles is coming off a win against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.

A victory would help set up a possible nice run for Philadelphia, which will face the New York Mets Monday with Cole Hamels on the mound. However, a loss could mark the end of the Phillies' playoff hopes as they also face Cy Young Award candidate R.A. Dickey. The Phillies have just 16 regular-season games remaining on their schedule.

For more on the Phillies, visit The Good Phight. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.

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Phillies Vs. Astros Final Score: Philadelphia Blanked By Houston, 5-0

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick lasted only five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits Saturday, as the Phillies lost to the last-place Houston Astros, 5-0, at Minute Maid Park. The loss dropped the Phillies (73-73) another game behind the final NL Wild Card spot, which now is three games ahead of Philadelphia.

Kendrick (9-11) was not sharp, but the Phillies offense was stagnant as it went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, as Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (2-7) struggled but managed to grind his way to his first win since June 23. Keuchel went 5⅓ innings allowing no runs on seven hits and walked four batters.

The Phillies had their chances to break through on offense, but couldn't as they left the bases loaded in the first and fourth innings. The only hitter to collect multiple hits for Philly was third baseman Kevin Frandsen.

The Astros and Phillies concluded its four-game series on Sunday (2:05 p.m.).

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