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All-Star Oswalt, Biggio lift Astros back to .500 mark

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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HOUSTON -- Roy Oswalt didn't need to be at the top of his game for yet another win at home.

Oswalt won his sixth straight start, Craig Biggio got two hits to tie Barry Bonds for 49th on the all-time hit list and the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 Saturday.

Oswalt (12-7) allowed two runs on nine hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven. He has a decision in each of his starts this season.

"I didn't feel real good the whole day," said Oswalt, who threw 116 pitches. "I didn't have good command of my pitches. I usually can find one good pitch to use but I couldn't today."

Oswalt is 9-1 with a 2.07 ERA in 10 starts at home this season and isn't intimidated by Minute Maid Park's short fences in right and left field.

"I love to pitch here," Oswalt said. "The fans are great and I enjoy pitching in front of them. I think the biggest thing some of our pitchers had trouble with in the beginning was they were coming from the Astrodome where the ball didn't travel as well as it does here.

"I never pitched in the Dome so I didn't know any better."

Mike Lamb went 2-for-4 for the Astros, who have won six of seven and 15 of 19 to climb back to .500 for the first time since April 22 when they were 8-8. Houston, which was 15 games under .500 on May 24, has won 14 of its past 16 at home.

"It's a feel-good thing to get to .500," manager Phil Garner said. "We have to continue it now. We don't want to look back and we certainly don't want to go back where we were."

The Dodgers again struggled at the plate as they lost their third straight and sixth in eight games.

"Like I've said the last few weeks, there's no room for error with the way our offense has been," Tracy said. "Forty-five of our 87 games have been decided by two runs or less. We are in the biggest majority of the games. The thing that's holding us up is our (lack of) offensive firepower.

"We have no breathing room. When you face guys like we've faced the last two nights, (Roger) Clemens and Oswalt, you can't expect four or five opportunities a game. It's not going to happen."

Jayson Werth thought the problem was not the opponent's pitcher.

"Today for me it didn't make a difference who was pitching," Werth said. "I wasn't having good at bats or a good approach so it didn't matter."

Biggio's second hit of the game gave him 2,730 for his career and moved him into a tie with Bonds, who has been injured all season. Biggio is in his 18th season, all with the Astros.

Jeff Weaver (7-8) went six innings and allowed three runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out three.

Russ Springer pitched a perfect eighth for Houston and Brad Lidge worked the ninth for his 19th save in 22 chances.

Orlando Palmeiro hit Weaver's first pitch of the second inning for a home run and gave Houston a 1-0 lead. It was Palmeiro's third homer of the year.

Hee-Seop Choi had a stand-up triple in the fourth, driving in Jeff Kent to tie it at 1.

Biggio singled in the sixth and advanced to third on Lance Berkman's double. He scored on a wild pitch by Weaver for the go-ahead run. Lamb followed with a double off the right-field wall for a 3-1 lead.

The Dodgers loaded the bases in the sixth inning to chase Oswalt. Reliever Chad Qualls threw a wild pitch to let in a run, but struck out Kent and Werth to end the threat.

Willy Taveras' sacrifice fly to right drove in Jose Vizcaino to make it 4-2 in the seventh.

Notes

  • Houston purchased the contract of right-hander Travis Driscoll from Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday. Driscoll was 5-3 with a 5.01 ERA in 32 appearances at Round Rock. He took the place of Wandy Rodriguez, who was sent down to Double-A Corpus Christi on Friday to make a start during the All-Star break. Rodriguez will be recalled July 19 to start against Pittsburgh in a double-header.
  • Ricky Ledee singled as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning in his first at-bat since going on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring June 5. He remained in the game and played right field and walked in the ninth.
 
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Roy Oswalt improves to 9-1 with a 2.07 ERA at Houston's hitter-friendly home field.  (AP)
Roy Oswalt improves to 9-1 with a 2.07 ERA at Houston's hitter-friendly home field. (AP)

Players of the Game
Houston

C. Biggio
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Los Angeles

J. Kent
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Oscar Robles, SS5030011 .342
Jason Repko, CF3000132 .223
   a- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000001 .294
Jeff Kent, 2B4130012 .303
Jayson Werth, RF4000036 .250
    Giovanni Carrara, P0000000 .000
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
Jason Phillips, C4000004 .242
Hee Seop Choi, 1B4021000 .237
Mike Edwards, 3B4000013 .301
Jason Grabowski, LF4000010 .167
Jeff Weaver, P2000000 .229
   b- Ricky Ledee, PH-RF1110100 .285
Totals3629121019 
a-grounded out for Repko in the 9th
b-singled for Weaver in the 7th
Batting
3B - Hee Seop Choi (1, Oswalt)
RBI - Hee Seop Choi (32)
2-OUT RBI - Hee Seop Choi (10)
Team LOB - 9
Los Angeles Dodgers
Jeff Weaver (L,7-8) 6533131 4.44
Giovanni Carrara 1111110 4.39
Duaner Sanchez 1100010 4.04
WP - Jeff Weaver (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Weaver 94-65, Giovanni Carrara 17-11, Duaner Sanchez 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Weaver 9-6, Giovanni Carrara 1-1, Duaner Sanchez 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Weaver 24, Giovanni Carrara 5, Duaner Sanchez 4
Houston Astros
Willy Taveras, CF3001010 .293
Craig Biggio, 2B4120011 .292
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
    Jason Lane, RF0000000 .233
Lance Berkman, LF-1B3110111 .294
Morgan Ensberg, 3B4000012 .286
Mike Lamb, 1B4021000 .216
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Orlando Palmeiro, RF-LF4111002 .306
Jose Vizcaino, SS2000100 .229
    Eric Bruntlett, PR-2B0100000 .186
Brad Ausmus, C2000000 .240
Roy Oswalt, P2000010 .132
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   a- Adam Everett, PH-SS1010000 .249
Totals29473256 
a-singled for Qualls in the 7th
Batting
2B - Lance Berkman (14, Weaver), Mike Lamb (10, Weaver)
HR - Orlando Palmeiro (3, Weaver)
SF - Willy Taveras (2)
SH - Brad Ausmus (2)
RBI - Willy Taveras (15), Mike Lamb (25), Orlando Palmeiro (11)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Lamb (12)
SB - Adam Everett (10, 2nd base off Carrara/Phillips)
Team LOB - 5
Houston Astros
Roy Oswalt (W,12-7) 6.1922170 2.45
Chad Qualls (H,9) 0.2000020 3.89
Russ Springer (H,8) 1000000 5.64
Brad Lidge (S,19) 1000110 2.50
WP - Chad Qualls (2), Brad Lidge (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 117-79, Chad Qualls 9-8, Russ Springer 8-6, Brad Lidge 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 7-5, Russ Springer 2-1, Brad Lidge 1-1
Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 29, Chad Qualls 2, Russ Springer 3, Brad Lidge 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37196
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Sam Holbrook