Dallas Keuchel will try to replicate the stellar performance he delivered against one of baseball's best teams when the Astros open a three-game set against the Phillies on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Keuchel went the distance against the Athletics -- his fourth complete game of 2014 -- and held them to a run on four hits and three walks while striking out five.
"It was special just based on the fact that they have the best record in baseball," Keuchel said. "They do a lot of things well. They don't do a lot of things subpar. To get a complete game against them and get a win is something special in its own right."
The win also moved Keuchel to 10-7, an impressive mark considering Houston's 47-65 record.
Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick will oppose Keuchel on Tuesday. Kendrick is 5-11 with a 4.92 ERA, and has especially struggled over his last five starts, during which he has an 8.05 ERA (25 earned runs allowed in 28 innings).
The 29-year-old righty will hit the free-agent market after the season, but said free agency isn't on his mind.
"I haven't been thinking about it much," Kendrick said. "I think I worried about it more last year than this year, honestly. This year, the first innings were tough there, got past that. And now it's seems like it's one inning here, one inning there."
In his last outing Wednesday, Kendrick fell victim to the big inning, allowing four runs in the fifth to spoil his start. He allowed seven hits (including a homer), four runs and two walks and struck out four in six innings against the Mets.
"I felt pretty good about how I threw [Wednesday]. It was just one bad inning," Kendrick said. "That's kind of how I've got to put it. Just got to hang with it. I want to stay healthy, get some innings and let next year happen next year."
Phillies: Brown out with tonsil infection, to see team doctor
Outfielder Domonic Brown has an infection in his tonsils and will see a team doctor in Philadelphia when the Phillies return home Monday.
Brown was out of the starting lineup for the fifth straight game Sunday against the Nationals.
Brown woke up with a sore throat and fever Friday morning. Manager Ryne Sandberg announced Saturday that the outfielder had strep throat, and now it appears his condition has worsened.
This is Brown's second bout with strep throat in the past month. He came down with the illness during the weekend before the All-Star break, but still pinch-hit July 12 and 13 despite feeling under the weather.
The news comes after Brown's most productive month of the season. He hit .286 with a .715 OPS in July, raising his season clips from .221 to .231 and .600 to .620.
Astros: Santana recalled after Guzman lands on DL
Domingo Santana will likely get a chance to nab his first career hit after being recalled Sunday from Triple-A Oklahoma City in place of Jesus Guzman, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with back spasms.
Santana spent four games with Houston in July, but he struck out 11 times in 13 at-bats, and didn't reach base before the Astros sent him back down.
"It was tough because you reach your goal and you never [believe you will] fail like that," Santana said. "It's good to get a second chance and try to do it again."
Santana hit nearly .300 in his most recent 10 games at Triple-A and launched a home run Saturday before being pulled from the game in the seventh inning once his callup was imminent.
Santana arrived in Houston around 10 a.m. CT on Sunday, but he was not in the starting lineup.
"He's been swinging the bat well," manager Bo Porter said before the series finale against the Blue Jays. "Glad that he's back. He's got an opportunity to go to Philadelphia [this week] and play against the team that traded him here. We're excited for him."
• Cliff Lee met with team physician Dr. Steve Cohen on Saturday for an evaluation of the left-hander's strained throwing elbow. Cohen confirmed the original diagnosis of a left flexor pronator strain, the same injury Lee encountered earlier this season.
• As long as their Sunday rehab programs went as planned, the Astros' trio of injured outfielders -- Alex Presley, George Springer and Dexter Fowler -- could all travel with the team to Philadelphia for a series starting Tuesday.
Only Springer is expected to return to action against the Phillies, Porter said Sunday. Presley and Fowler may require Minor League rehab assignments.
• Porter said Brad Peacock's experience gives him a "leg up" for the fifth spot in the starting rotation, which the Astros will settle during Monday's off-day. Porter also said they will still keep at least one, probably two long relievers. Paul Clemens, Mike Foltynewicz and Jake Buchanan would be the options for that role.
Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.