Phillies Score 4 in Ninth to Rally Past Houston

Houston closer Valverde roughed up, fails to save 100th career game
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2008 9:50 PM CDT
Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley fields a hit by Houston Astros' Michael Bourn for an out in the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 15, 2008, in Philadelphia.    (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr.)
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(Newser) – Pedro Feliz's RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning capped a four-run rally that carried the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. Houston starter Shawn Chacon allowed only four singles in eight impressive innings before handing the ball to closer Jose Valverde.

But pinch-hitter Chris Snelling hit a leadoff homer in the ninth off Valverde (2-1), and Chase Utley was hit by a pitch. After Ryan Howard struck out, Pat Burrell tied the score at 3 with a two-run homer to right. Geoff Jenkins struck out, but the ball eluded catcher Brad Ausmus for a passed ball and Jenkins scampered safely to first before Feliz ripped a shot into the left-field corner, scoring the runner.