Kendrick shines in 5 2/3 innings for Phils

Kendrick shines in 5 2/3 innings for Phils

PHILLIES 8, ASTROS 7
at Clearwater, Fla.
Thursday, March 25

Astros on the mound: Right-hander Brett Myers, who spent his entire career with the Phillies before signing with Houston as a free agent in the offseason, pitched 5 1/3 innings before leaving the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with a mild left-groin strain. He allowed seven hits, three runs and one walk before he left. He struck out one.

Phillies on the mound: Right-hander Kyle Kendrick made his case again for the fifth spot in the Phillies' rotation. He allowed just five hits, two runs (one earned) and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out one. Kendrick has an impressive 1.37 ERA in five Grapefruit League appearances.

Astros at the plate: Hunter Pence doubled to score Cory Sullivan in the first inning to give Houston a 1-0 lead. Jason Michaels singled to score Kazuo Matsui in the third inning.

Phillies at the plate: Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco both scored runs in the third inning to tie the game, 2-2. Brian Schneider doubled and scored on Victorino's single in the fourth inning to give Philadelphia a 3-2 lead.

Grapefruit League records: Astros 11-10; Phillies 11-8-1.

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Worth noting: Myers picked up an infield single in the second inning to get Phillies manager Charlie Manuel to shake his head. Phillies shortstop Juan Castro got a Bronx cheer after fielding a ball cleanly in the fifth inning. He had committed two errors earlier in the game.

Up next: After traveling more than 600 miles in three days, the Astros return to Kissimmee, Fla., on Friday to face the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:05 p.m. ET. Roy Oswalt, who has had two of his four Spring Training starts rained out, will make his third official start for the Astros. He has pitched only six innings in Grapefruit League play, allowing three hits and no runs. Oswalt's March 11 start was rained out, and he threw four scoreless innings against Boston five days later. He threw one inning and struck out three batters in his previous start Sunday before the game was called off because of rain. Friday's game could also mark the return of center fielder Michael Bourn, who's missed nearly a week because of an oblique strain.

Jamie Moyer watched Kendrick pitch well against the Astros to remain in the running for a starting job, so he will have to pitch well at 7:05 p.m. Friday against the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. Moyer has a 3.86 ERA this spring, which includes one Grapefruit League appearance and three appearances in "B" games. The Phillies will bring their "A" lineup to face the Yankees, including Ross Gload as the designated hitter.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.