Phillies acquire Pence from Astros

July 29, 2011 - 10:30 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies made another deadline splash Friday night, acquiring All-Star right fielder Hunter Pence from the Houston Astros.

The NL East-leading Phillies got Pence and cash from Houston for three minor leaguers and a player to be named, shoring up their lineup as they try to make it back to the World Series for the third time in four years.

Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is developing a knack for pulling off big deals right before baseball's non-waiver trade deadline. He traded for ace left-hander Cliff Lee in 2009 and right-hander Roy Oswalt last year.

The 28-year-old Pence began the day with a .309 batting average, 11 homers and 62 RBIs.

Houston nabbed two of Philadelphia's top prospects in first baseman Jonathan Singleton and right-hander Jarred Cosart. But the Phillies managed to hold onto talented outfielder Domonic Brown.

The 19-year-old Singleton was batting .282 with nine homers and 47 RBIs for Class-A Clearwater. He was selected by the Phillies in the eighth round of the 2009 draft.

The 21-year-old Cosart was 9-8 with a 3.92 ERA in 20 games, 19 starts, for Clearwater.

Rebuilding Houston also got 25-year-old righty Josh Zeid, who was 2-3 with two saves and a 5.65 ERA in 21 games, 11 starts, for Double-A Reading.