Boy was this a long game.
After Ortiz struggled through the first I thought we were gonna be in trouble tonight. However, Ortiz battled and got his first win in nearly two years.
The Astros bullpen did well aside from Jeff Fulchino giving up a 2 run shot to Manny who actually didn't stand at the plate.
Carlos Lee hit a monster 2 run shot and Houston performed much better with RISP this evening.
Jose Valverde came in with a the run lead and gritted through the inning to get his first save. Gutsy performance by Jose.
Good performance up and down the line up tonight. Hunter Pence was the only Astros to not reach base.
Matsui 1-2, 2 BB, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB
Tejada 2-5, 3 RBI, R, K
Berkman 1-4, RBI, K
Lee 2-4, 2 Run HR, 2 RBI, R
Pence 0-4, K
Michaels 1-3, 2B, BB
Rodriguez 2-4, 3 R
Keppinger 2-3, R, HBP
Ortiz 0-1, Sac Bunt
Bourn 0-0, Sac Bunt
Matsui, Tejada, and Lee were the stand outs for tonights offense but Rodriguez and Keppinger were also major cogs as well.
5 IP, 5 BB, 3 Hits, 3 ER, 2 K
1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER
1 IP, 2 H, BB, HR, 2 ER, BB
1IP, 1 H, 0 ER
1 IP, 1H, 1 Error, BB, 2 K, first save
Good News: Haven't been able to say this much this season but the offense. Great job getting key hits and driving in runs, giving Ortiz his first win of the season. Carlos Lee hit his second home run in as many games.
Bad News: Seems like Houston has left the bases loaded at least once the last few games. Bullpen was a little rough but better.
Russ Ortiz W (1-0)
Jose Valverde S (1)
Tomorrow Houston has their ace on the mound in Roy Oswalt and he will face Randy Wolf. Game time 7:05 Central
Great win tonight for Houston who end the Dodgers streak.