Phillies back on track with 12-6 win over Astros

Phillies back on track with 12-6 win over Astros

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Carlos Ruiz #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies slides safely into home as catcher Chris Snyder #18 of the Houston Astros is late on the tag in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park on September 14, 2012 in Houston, Texas.

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Associated Press

Posted on September 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM

HOUSTON -- Jimmy Rollins hit a leadoff homer, Domonic Brown had a two-run shot and John Mayberry and Ryan Howard each had three RBIs as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Houston Astros 12-6 on Friday night.

The Phillies rebounded from Thursday night’s 6-4 loss to Houston, which broke a seven-game winning streak and left them four games back for the second NL wild-card spot.

Rollins’ homer keyed a four-run first inning on a night when the Phillies came one run shy of a season high.

A two-run homer by Matt Downs got Houston within 5-3 in the fourth. Mayberry’s two-run single in the fifth stretched the lead to 7-3.

Justin Maxwell added a solo shot in the fifth for the last-place Astros.

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