Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Wandy Rodriguez stymied the Philadelphia hitters over seven innings and helped his own cause with an RBI single, as the Houston Astros beat the Phillies, 5-1, to complete a four-game sweep at Citizens Bank Park.
Rodriguez (10-12) struck out six and walked one. His lone mistake came in the sixth inning, when Chase Utley doubled home Jimmy Rollins.
Carlos Lee hit an RBI double in the first and added a solo home run off Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick (8-7) in the third. Kendrick, a Houston native who was celebrating his 26th birthday on Thursday, gave up four runs and nine hits in six full frames.
The last time Houston swept the Phillies in a four-game series in Philadelphia was September 6-9, 1999 at Veterans Stadium.
It was another shoddy offensive performance by the Phillies, who have now been held to two runs or fewer in seven of their last eight games.
The loss dropped Philadelphia out of first place and a half-game behind idle San Francisco in the race for the National League Wild Card and three games back of first-place Atlanta in the NL East. The Braves were also off Thursday.