Bullpen Doesn't Help Phils Comeback in 10-7 loss

Vicente Padilla never looked comfortable and his pitches were too comfortable for Houston's hitters to connect with. After Padilla's exit, the Phillies bullpen kept allowing a little more insurance for the Astros as Houston worked their way to a 10-7 win at The Vet and salvaged the final game of the three-game series with the Phils.

The questions about Vicente Padilla's health will likely get louder after Padilla lasted just three innings and never looked anywhere near comfortable in his start against Houston on Sunday. Padilla walked three hitters and didn't record a strikeout, which means he has now issued an uncharacteristic 12 walks in his last 21 innings of work.

The Astros jumped on Padilla and the Phillies for two first inning runs and then added four more in the third inning. The major blow came on a double-play groundball to Tomas Perez in the third inning that he threw past Jimmy Rollins at second base, allowing one run to score. Adam Everett then picked up his second of three hits to score two more runs and give the Astros their 6-0 lead.

Padilla didn't return for the fourth inning, but the Astros didn't seem to mind. Geoff Blum led off the inning against Eric Junge with a solo homerun as the Astros moved to a 7-0 lead. From there, it was a give-and-take for Houston.

The Phillies responded for three runs in the bottom of the fourth off Houston starter Kirk Saarloos. Pat Burrell singled with the bases loaded and then groundballs by David Bell and Marlon Byrd made it a 7-3 game. As Houston gave in the bottom of the fourth, they took back in the top of the fifth, scoring two runs off Carlos Silva and seemingly taking back control of the game with a 9-3 edge going to the bottom of the fifth.

Saarloos wouldn't survive the fifth inning to record his first win of the season. Instead, the Phillies used back-to-back homeruns by Jim Thome and Burrell to score four runs and cut the Astros lead to 9-7. Again though, the Astros took a run back in the top of the sixth on a solo homerun by Lance Berkman to finish off the scoring. From there, the Astros bullpen refused to budge and wrapped things up with Billy Wagner recording his eighth save of the season.

The Phillies have an off-day Monday before the Arizona Diamondbacks come to town. Brandon Webb (1-1, 1.64) will get the start for the D'backs Monday against Kevin Millwood (5-1, 3.47) for the Phillies.

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