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Updated: Sunday, May 11, 2003 1:26 AM EDT
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Houston Astros
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R H E
0 5 0
Philadelphia Phillies
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R H E
2 6 0
W Wolf (5-2)
L Miller (1-4)
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PHILADELPHIA 2, HOUSTON 0
R Wolf: 9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
J Rollins: 1-2

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The combination of Randy Wolf and the Philadelphia Phillies on a Saturday was just too much for the Houston Astros to overcome.

Wolf was dominant in a five-hitter, making a pair of first-inning runs stand as Philadelphia remained unbeaten on Saturdays with a 2-0 victory over the Astros.

Wolf (5-2) scattered four singles, a double and a walk in recording his fifth career shutout. The lefthander struck out six and has fanned at least a half-dozen in all but one of his last six starts.

"I felt pretty strong tonight," Wolf said. "I knew with their lineup tonight, I really had to be sharp and keep them off balance. This is a dangerous lineup. There's not one out in there where you think, 'I can relax a little bit.'"

"It was a great game, but I've seen him pitch great games like this," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "He doesn't surprise me anymore. He's one of the best lefthanders in the league."

Bobby Abreu , who began his career with Houston, and red-hot Mike Lieberthal had RBI singles in the opening inning for Philadelphia, which improved to 6-0 on Saturdays this season.

Houston starter Wade Miller (1-4) was charged with both runs but left after being hit on the right thigh by a line drive off the bat of Jim Thome with one out in the first inning. He was diagnosed with with a bruise and is listed as day-to-day.

"They just told me right away, 'Come on, let's go, you're done,'" Miller said. "I wasn't quite sure. I thought I was gonna throw a couple of pitches to see if I was all right, but (manager Jimy Williams ) said, 'Let's go,' before I even had a chance to state my case."

Four relievers held Philadelphia to four hits the rest of the way, but the Astros were unable to rally.

The Astros wasted a leadoff double by Craig Biggio in the first inning and the Phillies scored twice in the bottom of the frame.

Jimmy Rollins walked, took second and scored on Abreu's single up the middle. Thome lined a single off Miller that finished the starter's night and Lieberthal made it 2-0 by greeting reliever Brandon Puffer with a base hit up the middle.

A walk to Pat Burrell loaded the bases but Puffer escaped a major jam when David Bell bounced into a forceout at the plate and Ricky Ledee flied out.

Philadelphia had two singles and a walk in the third inning but a poor baserunning decision by Thome and a double play enabled Puffer to keep the deficit at 2-0.

The Phillies also left a runner in scoring position in the fourth.

Richard Hidalgo opened the fifth with a single but was out trying to stretch it into a double. Adam Everett led off the sixth against Wolf but pitcher Ricky Stone could not get a bunt down and struck out. Everett stole second but Wolf got the next two batters without the ball leaving the infield.

The Astros had another scoring opportunity in the eighth as Everett walked with two outs and pinch hitter Brian Hunter followed with a base hit. But Biggio bounced to third, ending the threat.

Wolf got the first two batters in the ninth with a little help from his defense but Jeff Kent singled. Wolf then completed his gem by getting Richard Hidalgo - who was 7-for-12 with two homers against him - on a shallow flyout.

"It figures the last out was Hidalgo, a guy who owns me," Wolf said. "That was the last guy I really wanted to see up there, but luckily he was able to pop it up."


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