Originally written on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 11/17/14
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Lucas Harrell felt as though he had his best stuff. It just wasn't good enough to defeat Joe Blanton and the Philadelphia Phillies. Blanton pitched seven-plus strong innings and Placido Polanco homered for his 2,000th career hit to lead the Phillies to a 5-1 win over the Houston Astros on Monday night. Harrell left after allowing three runs -- two earned -- on five hits in 5 23 innings, with three strikeouts and two walks. "He pitched great," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "He kept us close. He did a really good job. He's very competitive and he wants to be out there and he will be out there." The right-hander was noticeably upset when he left the field and in the dugout. "I was pretty frustrated," Harrell said. "That's the best I've thrown the ball all year, hands down. I had good location and thought everything was really working tonight. I'm out there competing and the guys are competing, too. I had some frustration built up." The Phillies took a 1-0 l...
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