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Phillies 5, Astros 4: Rasmus, Rodriguez shine in Astros loss

Colby Rasmus blasts a three-run home run in a loss to the Phillies.

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The Houston Astros don't have many spots left on the roster to fill. One of those spots may include the right spot in the rotation. The number one dark horse to fill that spot is familiar face Wandy Rodriguez.

Rodriguez pitched four solid inning in a 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday at Bright House Field in Clearwater.

Rodriguez gave up one run on two hits and struck out five over four innings. The lone run came off the bat of Cesar Hernandez, Philadelphia's leadoff man pulled a pitch to right field.

Houston was behind 3-0 when the bats finally came alive in the sixth inning. Eury Perez started inning with a walk, Preston Tucker followed suit. Jose Altuve singled to load the bases.

George Springer lifted a pitch to center field to score Perez, and Carlos Correa struck out looking on three pitches with Hector Neris on the mound.

Colby Rasmus brought the remaining two runners home with a three run homer to right field.

The Phillies would add two more runs off Asher Wojciechowski in the seventh inning to push ahead of the Astros.

Houston only had three hits in the game, but walked five times. Hernandez was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs in the game for Philadelphia.