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|Phllies Win; Reduce Magic Number for Clinching NL East
|PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Pedro Feliz hit a grand slam, J.A. Happ pitched effectively into the sixth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies moved closer toward clinching their third straight NL East title with a 7-4 victory over the Houston Astros Tuesday night.
The defending World Series champions reduced their magic number for winning the division to two, pending the outcome of the Atlanta-Florida game. The Braves entered the night four games behind the Phillies.
Happ (12-4) allowed four runs, three earned, and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings, striking out six. He's the first rookie to win 12 games for Philadelphia since Jim Owens in 1959.
Springfield area native Jayson Werth hit a two-run homer and Philadelphia's injury-plagued bullpen tossed 3 1-3 scoreless innings.
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