Houston Astros throw a combined no-hitter beating the Phillies, 5-0

Cristian Javier was brilliant. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images.

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After four innings of brilliant pitching from Cristian Javier and Aaron Nola, the Astros finally got on the board in the top of the fifth. The Astros loaded the bases bringing Yordan Alvarez to the plate. The Phillies would pull Nola and bring in Jose Alvarado. Alvarado then hit Yordan on the first pitch and then gave up a double to Alex Bregman scoring two runs.

A sac fly from Kyle Tucker and a base hit from Yuli Gurriel would make the score 5-0.

Christian Vazquez and Aledmys Diaz would both strikeout, ending the inning.

Cristian Javier (6 innings, 0 runs, 0 H, 9 Ks) would keep mowing down the Phillies in the fifth and sixth innings handing the game to the bullpen.

Bryan Abreu would be the next pitcher in for Houston in the bottom of the seventh. He shut down the heart of their order, striking out the side.

Zach Eflin would come in for Philly for the top of the eighth, returning the favor and striking out the side (Vazquez, Diaz, McCormick).

Rafael Montero was next in for Houston to pitch the eighth inning and retired the Phillies in order.

After a scoreless top of the ninth for the Astros, Ryan Pressly would come in to pitch the bottom of the ninth and complete the combined no-hitter after allowing a walk.

Final score: Astros 5, Phillies 0.

Up next: The Astros play Game 5 in Philadelphia on Thursday night with Justin Verlander taking the mound.

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