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MLB Team Report - Houston Astros - INSIDE PITCH

PHILADELPHIA -- It was more of the same for Houston Astros right-hander Brad Peacock on Wednesday, who was hit hard in a 10-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Sent to the minors last week to work on his command, he was recalled Wednesday to make the start. He again struggled, allowing a career-high eight runs on seven hits in five innings. Peacock has allowed 16 earned runs over his last nine major league innings, and dropping three consecutive decisions to fall to 3-8.

"I couldn't get into a groove," Peacock said. "I was probably working a little too quick. I was a little amped up."

He surrendered five runs in the first inning, then allowed a three-run homer to Chase Utley in the fourth, on an 0-1 changeup -- "a bad pitch," Peacock said.

"But after that," he added, "I felt great. But the numbers are the numbers."

Peacock said it is all a matter of improving his mechanics. Manager Bo Porter did not disagree.

"It's what we talked about when we sent him out -- the nibbling and commanding his pitches," Porter said. "In the first inning, he missed a few spots, and they made good swings. The command of his fastball has been his No. 1 problem."

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MLB Team Report - Houston Astros - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 47-67

STREAK: Lost two

NEXT: Astros (RHP Collin McHugh 4-9, 3.32 ERA) at Phillies (RHP Roberto Hernandez 6-8, 3.87 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--OF George Springer, on the disabled list since July 20 with a strained left quadriceps, felt "a little pull" in that muscle after doubling in a minor league rehab game Wednesday, according to manager Bo Porter. Porter was uncertain when Springer might return.

--RHP Collin McHugh, who starts Thursday at Philadelphia, was saddled with a no-decision in his last start. He went 6 1/3 innings against Toronto and yielded one run on five hits while striking out five and walking one. His only previous appearance against the Phillies came on Sept. 20, 2012, when as a reliever with the Mets, he allowed one run over three innings.

--RHP Brad Peacock, recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier in the day, lost his third consecutive major league start Wednesday, allowing a career-high eight runs on seven hits in five innings against Philadelphia. Peacock, who struck out four and walked four, has yielded 16 earned runs over his last nine innings.

--RHP Paul Clemens was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to free up a roster spot for RHP Brad Peacock. Clemens was 0-1 with a 5.84 ERA in 13 appearances for Houston.