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Astros 11, Phillies 2

August 9, 1998

HOUSTON (AP) _ Shane Reynolds got his 14th win and Billy Wagner pitched for the first time since being struck in the head by a line drive Sunday as the Houston Astros completed a three-game sweep with an 11-2 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Moises Alou drove in four runs for the Astros with a two-run homer and a two-run double. Houston, which has won 10 of 13, hadn’t swept Philadelphia since doing it twice in 1966.

Wagner hadn’t pitched for the Astros since he was hit in the left side of the head by a vicious line drive on July 15 in Arizona. The left-hander never lost consciousness, but was hospitalized with a concussion and a cut in his inner left ear.

He received a standing ovation when he came to the mound for the ninth inning. He struck out Bobby Estalella for the first out, gave up a double to Jon Zuber and hit 100 mph on the radar gun with a pitch to Doug Glanville.

The Astros rushed to congratulate Wagner on the mound after he got the final out.

Derek Bell had a two-run triple in a five-run fourth off Matt Beech (3-9). Beech, who has lost six straight decisions, allowed eight runs _ five earned _ in 3 1-3 innings.

Reynolds (14-7) improved to 5-1 lifetime against the Phillies and won for the seventh time in his last nine decisions. He allowed seven hits in eight innings, and doubled and scored on Craig Biggio’s double in the fifth.

Zuber homered in the seventh for the Phillies.

Leading 3-0, the Astros got five runs in the fourth, highlighted by Bell’s triple to the gap in right-center. The other runs scored on a single by Richard Hidalgo, a sacrifice fly by Tony Eusebio and Beech’s wild pitch.

Derek Bell walked to start the third and scored on Alou’s 30th homer to make it 3-0.

Notes: Wagner pitched twice in the minor leagues before being recalled. ... ... Phillies reliever Jerry Spradlin got an assist the hard way to end the sixth inning. A hard liner bounced off Spradlin’s ankle to third baseman Scott Rolen, who completed the double play.

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