PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies gave fans a glimpse of the future Wednesday night.

Philadelphia beat the Houston Astros 9-0 before 19,718 fans at Citizens Bank Park in a game that showed how the Phillies will probably win when they’re again a playoff contender.

Starting pitcher Aaron Nola continued his resurgence. Nola, 24, struck out a career-high 10 batters and threw six scoreless innings.

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Rookie outfielder Nick Williams, 23, got two hits and knocked in a run.

Third baseman Maikel Franco, 24, snapped out of his recent funk with a two-run home run.

Aaron Altherr, 26, scored two runs and hit a triple.

Just for good measure, catcher Cameron Rupp blasted a pair of home runs, and Tommy Joseph contributed three hits and two RBIs.

The Phillies (35-64) have baseball’s worst record. The Astros (67-34) boast the best record in the American League.

The only negative for the Phillies came in the fourth inning when veteran outfielder Howie Kendrick left the game with left-hand soreness after getting hit by a pitch the inning before. Kendrick was one of the Phillies' most attractive trade prospects. If the hand injury is serious, it would hurt Kendrick’s value with Monday’s nonwaiver trade deadline approaching.

This season might be tough to watch for Phillies fans, but Wednesday showed the potential some Philadelphia players have.

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