Luck or skill? Tonight for the Astros it was a little of the latter, and quite a bit of the former.
They got to Matt Cain in the 6th and got a lead they didn't relinquish. Of course, that doesn't mean there was no drama involved.
Mike Hampton had a rare good start, allowing one earned run in six innings. Jose Valverde got the save, though he gave up a run while doing it. Geoff Blum and Kazuo Matsui provided most of the offense with a solo shot and two-run homer. Carlos Lee then gave the Astros the necessary insurance run in the 8th to make it 4-2.
Cain ended up with a complete game loss. He certainly didn't pitch great, considering he gave up four earned and lost it.
There is no other news; the Red Sox were off tonight.
EDIT: I forgot about the big news of the day the first time around; Roy Oswalt is not yet ready to make his next start, so the Astros are bringing back Felipe Paulino.
This smacks of BS and coddling, to be honest. Paulino stunk in practically every start he made for the big-league club, and because he has options and Bazardo doesn't, he gets to come back up and stink again. Bud Norris coming up was a good move, because he was doing good at Round Rock this season and the result of his first start bore out what most people thought he was capable of. Paulino, on the other hand, came into the season with a mandate from Ed Wade that he pitch well or GTFO. He didn't pitch well, and lost his job to Russ Ortiz (though it took until July for that to happen, for some odd reason). Now that Ortiz is gone, the guy to replace him should be Paulino? I disagree, and heartily.
Apparently, this is what happens when a team neglects the farm system for years under an idiot GM. There are so few players at Round Rock ready to come up and make an impact, and the one guy that IS ready gets caught in this logjam because he has no options (what would be the problem with using him out of the bullpen after Oswalt comes back? Oh, that's too forward-thinking for this bunch, I guess). So we're stuck with Paulino until Oswalt comes back. Obviously, he and Wandy can't come back soon enough.