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Phillies Vs. Astros Game Preview: Philadelphia Seeks To Take Series Lead In Houston

The Philadelphia Phillies look to the lead in their four-game series as they face the Astros in Houston on Saturday night. After the Astros took the series opener, Philadephia won game two on Friday night behind seven strong innings from Cole Hamels and three RBI apiece from Ryan Howard and John Mayberry, Jr., and need every victory they can get to stay in contention for the National League wild-card.

The Phillies will put righty Kyle Kendrick (9-10, 3.83) on the hill for his first start of the season against the Astros. Kendrick has been on a hot streak, allowing only seven runs over his last six starts, including taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning on Monday night against Miami. Houston counters with rookie Dallas Keuchel (1-7, 5.35). Recent history suggests it may be a short outing for the southpaw, who has averaged only 4 1/3 innings pitched over his last three starts.

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