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Phillies topple Astros in opener

Phillies topple Astros in opener

The Philadelphia Phillies took the opener of a four-game series Thursday, as they defeated the Houston Astros 7-5 at Minute Maid Park.

Philadelphia won the game as +115 underdogs, while the 12 runs made it OVER the posted over/under (9.5).

Ryan Howard had three hits that included a solo home run, while finishing with two RBIs for the Phillies. Chad Durbin got the win in relief, and Brad Lidge tossed a scoreless ninth for his 12th save.

Ty Wigginton went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs in a losing effort for the Astros. Wesley Wright gave up the winning run in relief and was saddled with the loss.