A HOWARD SLAM GIVES PHILS 6-5 VICTORY OVER ASTROS

Before the game the Phils traded pitcher Roberto Hernandez to the Dodgers

Ryan Howard hit a grand slam, capping a five-run rally in the eighth inning that lifted the Phillies over the Houston Astros 6-5 on Thursday night.

Chris Carter hit two homers and drove in four runs for Houston, which lost its eighth straight in Philly.

Carlos Ruiz and Ben Revere each had two hits as the Phillies completed a three-game sweep.

Mario Hollands (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings and Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 30 chances.

Howard connected with two outs on a full-count pitch from Tony Sipp (2-2).

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