May 13, 2005 |
Mike Matheny singled in the tying run and Houston outfielder Lance Berkman's error on the play allowed the go-ahead run to score in San Francisco's 6-3 victory over host Houston last night. With the Giants trailing in the sixth inning, 3-2, Matheny hit a bases-loaded single to left that Berkman misplayed for an error, allowing Edgardo Alfonzo to score, making it 4-3. Giants starter Brad Hennessey (2-0), recalled from Triple A Fresno yesterday, allowed three runs on six hits in six innings.
September 28, 2011 |
HOUSTON - The St. Louis Cardinals tied Atlanta in the NL wild-card race on Tuesday night, crushing the Houston Astros, 13-6, while the Atlanta Braves lost to the Phillies. The race for the NL's final playoff spot will go on into the final day of the regular season. If the teams are tied after Wednesday's game, St. Louis will host a one-game playoff on Thursday night. The Cardinals trailed, 5-0, early and appeared to be headed for a second straight loss to the worst-in-baseball Astros.
August 31, 2007 |
Alex Gonzalez scored from first base on Ken Griffey Jr.'s pop-fly single that fell among three Pirates fielders in the ninth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds overcame Adam Dunn's baserunning mistake that cost them two runs in a 5-4 victory over the host Pittsburgh Pirates last night. With Griffey getting three hits and scoring twice, the Reds came back from deficits of 2-0 and 4-3 to win their eighth in 10 games and split the four-game series despite being swept in a doubleheader Tuesday.
June 6, 2007 |
Talk about two improbable pitching performances. Just back from the minors, Florida's Rick Vanden Hurk took a no-hitter into the seventh inning for his first career win last night. A few hours earlier, Atlanta's Buddy Carlyle pitched one-hit ball over seven innings for his first victory since 1999, then was shipped back to the minors before he had time to celebrate. The result was a doubleheader split, the host Braves winning the opener 3-1 behind Carlyle before the Marlins rode the big Dutchman to a 5-1 victory in the nightcap.
September 22, 2009 |
Astros jettison Cooper The latest victim of inflated front-office expectations and underperforming players is Houston's Cecil Cooper. Astros general manager Ed Wade fired the manager yesterday with 13 games left and put third-base coach Dave Clark in charge. Houston had lost seven straight, matching its worst skid of the season. Cooper is the fourth skipper to get tossed overboard this season - all in the National League. Arizona dismissed Bob Melvin on May 7, Colorado replaced Clint Hurdle on May 29, and Washington fired Manny Acta on July 13. The Astros were 70-79 before last night's game and are probably on the way to their third losing season since 1991.
April 4, 2006 |
The Houston Astros won their opener just as they won most of their games last season - with one of their aces getting just enough run support. Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge combined on a five-hitter, Craig Biggio doubled and scored on Joe Borowski's wild pitch in the seventh inning, and the Astros beat the visiting Florida Marlins last night, 1-0. Coming off consecutive 20-win seasons, Oswalt struck out eight in eight innings, walked one and...
July 4, 2006 |
HOUSTON - Roger Clemens got his first victory of the season and 343d of his career, pitching five innings in Houston's 7-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs last night. Clemens (1-2) allowed two runs and four hits and struck out five. He benefited from first-inning homers by Astros leadoff hitter Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman, which staked him to a 2-0 advantage. Pirates 11, Mets 1 NEW YORK - Pittsburgh's Jason Bay drove in three runs, and Paul Maholm (3-7) held slumping New York in check for six innings.
September 22, 2005 |
What began as an easy night turned into a struggle for the Houston Astros. Lance Berkman hit his 20th homer and drove in five runs as the visiting Houston Astros built an 8-0 lead and then held off the Pittsburgh Pirates, 12-8, last night. It was the seventh win in eight games for Houston, which has a two-game lead over the Phillies in the NL wild-card race. Berkman hit a three-run homer in a four-run first inning and Mike Lamb hit a three-run homer in a four-run second as the Astros moved 14 games over .500 (83-69)
August 29, 2003 |
Thanks to Dave Roberts, Eric Gagne's dominant season is now a record-setting one, too. Gagne earned his 44th straight save this season, setting a major league record as he closed out the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers' 6-3 win last night over the Houston Astros. With two outs in the eighth, Gagne gave up a long drive to Lance Berkman. Roberts ran up the hill in center, and fended off a fan to come up with the ball and end the inning and keep Gagne from blowing his first save of the season.
April 2, 2003 |
Jeff Kent hit a home run in his first at-bat for Houston and Jeff Bagwell homered twice as the Astros won their season opener last night, 10-4 over the visiting Colorado Rockies. Roy Oswalt pitched seven strong innings for the win and the Astros roughed up NL Rookie of the Year Jason Jennings in their first home opener since their stadium was renamed Minute Maid Park. Kent, the 2000 NL MVP, helped lead San Francisco to the World Series last year. He signed an $18.2 million, 2-year contract with the Astros in the offseason, joining Bagwell and Lance Berkman in the middle of a powerful lineup.