Losers of two of their previous three games, the Phillies erased an early deficit in the second inning on Lieberthal's fourth homer of the season. Over his last 16 contests, Lieberthal is hitting .399 (23-for-59) with three homers and eight RBI.
"The only reason I feel (hot) is because all my hits are really hard," Lieberthal said. "I haven't had hardly any bloop hits where I'm just getting by. I'm swinging the bat really good."
"Lieby's been swinging very good," Phillies manager
said. "If we get a couple of more guys hot, it'll be a good lineup."
Myers (3-2) earned his third straight win, allowing two runs and five hits with three walks and six strikeouts. The righthander has lasted at least six innings in each of his seven starts this season.
"Every pitcher would like to go deep into a game. It means you're pitching well," Myers said. "Early, I thought my fastball was there for me and then later, my curveball came around. I felt fine out there."
"He's 22 years old," Bowa said. "You get caught up in his stuff, you forget he's 22. There's a lot of 22-year-olds in Double-A."
made things interesting in the ninth, surrendering a run on two hits and a walk before registering his 11th save.
belted his third homer in as many games in the sixth to give Philadelphia a 3-1 advantage, and
stroked a two-run single in the seventh to pad the lead.
(2-4) was handed his third straight loss, yielding three runs and six hits in six innings with three walks and six strikeouts.
had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run for the Astros, who have not won eight in a row since September 3-14, 1999.
Houston's final series at Veterans Stadium concludes Sunday and the Phillies move into a new ballpark in 2004.
The Astros took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, thanks to a shaky start by Myers.
led off with a single and
drew a one-out walk. After
grounded out, Myers walked
to load the bases. Hidalgo followed with an RBI single, but Philadelphia left fielder
made a strong throw home and Lieberthal blocked the plate perfectly before tagging Bagwell to end the inning.
Lieberthal evened the game in the second with his 48th career homer at Veterans Stadium, passing
for eighth place on the Phillies' all-time list.
"I was looking for a fastball out over the plate and (Oswalt) kind of hung a curveball," Lieberthal said. "I just reacted to it."
In the sixth, Thome blasted a 3-0 offering into the upper deck in right field for his seventh homer. It was just the 21st homer to reach the top tier in right in the history of the Vet and first since Los Angeles'
accomplished the feat last season.
"I just didn't know if it was gonna go foul. It stayed on the pole," Thome said. "Those feel nice. I'm not trying to hit upper-deck home runs. Then I'll get in trouble."
"I was trying to get a strike," Oswalt said. "I didn't think that he'd be swinging 3-0. (It was) a fastball away. He was just looking fastball. I'd do the same thing next time, go right after him. I'm not the kind of guy to give in."
The Phillies avoided major damage in the seventh, as three pitchers combined to allow just one run.
Berkman opened the inning with a walk but was erased attempting to move to third on Hidalgo's single to right-center.
singled to put runners on the corners and end Myers' night.
"The bullpen's been doing a great job," Myers said. "They come in and save runs for us, and they've been doing that all year. My hat's off to those guys for coming in and taking care of business."
"We still had the bases loaded and a run in," Houston manager
said of Berkman's baserunning blunder. "He slipped. It's just one of those things."
With one on and one out in the bottom of the inning,
and Polanco singled to load the bases against
relieved Munro and allowed Abreu's two-run single that put the Phillies ahead, 5-2.
Hidalgo greeted Mesa with a single in the ninth and took second on a groundout by Ausmus before scoring on pinch hitter
's double. Mesa put the tying run on by walking Biggio before fanning Ensberg to nail down the save.