Final in 13
8:05 PM ET, July 3, 2007
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
• Summary: Hunter Pence homered to lead off the bottom of the 13th inning to give Houston the win. The Astros had tied the game in the bottom of the ninth and won for the eighth time in their last nine home games.
• Hero: Pence, who hit the third walk-off game winning home run for the Astros in their last six games. Pence also caught a 425-foot Ryan Howard blast in the eighth inning that ended up on Tal's Hill in straightaway center field.
• Did you see that?: The Astros took advantage of a questionable umpire's call in the ninth. The Phillies took a 4-3 lead, but the Astros loaded the bases with one out. Carlos Lee hit a grounder to SS Jimmy Rollins, who flipped to Chase Utley to start a potential game-ending double play. The relay throw appeared to get Lee by half a step, but first-base umpire Lance Barksdale called Lee safe and Craig Biggio scored to tie the game.
• Relief: Six members of the Astros bullpen allowed just six hits and no runs in six innings in relief of starter Roy Oswalt. Matt Albers got the win.
• Quotable: "He [Antonio Alfonseca] did a good job, he got the double play ball and we executed. And the umpire missed it. He told me, 'I got it right.' What I told him was, 'You missed the call. You blew it.'" -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel on protesting the call
-- ESPN.com news services
Astros 5, Phillies 4 (13 innings)
Biggio's first single was his 3,008th career hit, breaking a tie with Al Kaline for 25th all-time. ... Pence, a rookie, has hit safely in 29 of his last 37 games. ... Oswalt gave up at least eight hits for the fourth straight start. ... Cole Hamels, Wednesday's scheduled starter for Philadelphia, pinch-hit in the 11th and flew out. ... Jamie Moyer, Monday's losing pitcher, pinch-hit for the first time in his career in the 13th inning.
Regular Season Series
|2nd||W Helms doubled to left, S Victorino scored.||1||0|
|2nd||B Ausmus walked, M Loretta scored, M Lamb to third, L Scott to second.||1||1|
|2nd||R Oswalt grounded into double play, second to first, M Lamb scored, B Ausmus out at second, L Scott to third.||1||2|
|2nd||C Biggio singled to left, L Scott scored.||1||3|
|3rd||R Howard doubled to deep right center, J Rollins and M Bourn scored.||3||3|
|7th||M Bourn hit a ground rule double to deep right, R Barajas scored, C Coste to third.||4||3|
|9th||C Lee grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, C Biggio scored, L Berkman out at second, H Pence to third.||4||4|
|13th||H Pence homered to left.||4||5|
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|Stadium||Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX|
|Attendance||37,993 (90.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Tim Welke, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Brian Knight|