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Howard's RBI hit in 15th lifts Phils over Astros

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 6, 2014 at 12:04 am •  Published: August 6, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ryan Howard made the Houston Astros pay for pitching to him.

Howard singled in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 15th inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 victory over Houston on Tuesday night.

The interleague matchup between teams with two of the four worst records in the majors lasted 5 hours, 5 minutes.

Hector Neris (1-0) tossed a perfect inning to earn the win in his major league debut.

Grady Sizemore led off the inning against Jake Buchanan (1-2) with a hard one-hop single under second baseman Jose Altuve's glove. After Ben Revere sacrificed, Jimmy Rollins flied out and Chase Utley was intentionally walked.

Howard then ripped a 1-2 pitch to right and Sizemore slid in safely ahead of right fielder Robbie Grossman's throw.

"You go up there with a chip on your shoulder," Howard said. "Them walking Chase, I wanted to get it done."

It was the fifth game of at least 14 innings for the Phillies this season, tying a franchise-record first set in 1958.

Both starters — Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick and Houston's Dallas Keuchel — allowed one run in seven innings.

Howard led off the bottom of the second with an opposite-field homer that just cleared the wall in left-center, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead. The run snapped a 22-inning scoreless streak for Philadelphia, which was shut out in Washington on Saturday and Sunday.

Howard's homer was his seventh off lefties in 97 at-bats. He has only 10 against right-handers in 308 at-bats. Howard, who faces an extreme shift to right in all of his at-bats, still hasn't pulled a homer.

The struggling slugger is batting just .217 and was benched three straight games last month.

"You guys forget what I've done," the former NL MVP said. "People look at right now. I've hit balls hard over stretches. All you can do is hit balls hard and once it leaves the bat, it's out of your hands."

Jon Singleton's RBI single in the seventh tied it at 1. The Astros had runners at first and third with no out, but couldn't get the go-ahead run. Matt Dominguez flied out to shallow right and Jake Marisnick grounded into a double play.

"A really tough game," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "We just couldn't get the offense going."

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