PHOENIX -- Morgan Ensberg is putting up some impressive numbers. Still, the only ones he cares about are in the standings.
"Individual accolades are something that when your career is over you can look back on," said Ensberg, who finished 3-for-4 with two runs. "What I'm excited about is how the team's playing as a team. We're a team of nobodies and we're playing solid baseball."
Ezequiel Astacio (2-4) won his second straight decision for the Astros, who won for the 15th time in 17 tries to maintain a two-game lead over Washington in the NL wild-card race.
Astacio scattered four hits, three of which never left the infield, and allowed only one runner to reach third base. He walked three and struck out one in five innings.
"He did a good job of making pitches when he needed to," Astros manager Phil Garner said. "We'd like to see him pitch ahead a bit more. He got behind a lot of hitters. But he did a pretty good job of making the pitches when he had to."
Astacio, who has allowed three runs or fewer in all four starts since being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock, credited catcher Brad Ausmus with his turnaround.
"(Garner) told me he's been in the big leagues a long time and to listen to him," Astacio said. "He's taught me a lot."
Arizona lost for the fifth time in seven home games and squandered a chance to move into a first-place tie with San Diego in the NL West. The Padres lost 9-8 to Pittsburgh before the Diamondbacks took the field.
Astacio was in trouble only once, when consecutive infield hits with one out and a line-drive single loaded the bases in the fourth. But he struck out Chris Snyder and retired pitcher Javier Vazquez on a fly to center.
Houston took a 1-0 lead in the second on Chris Burke's sacrifice fly, then broke the game open with a four-run sixth against Vazquez (9-10).
Ensberg led off with a 450-foot shot off the batter's eye in center, and a bloop RBI double by pinch-hitter Orlando Palmeiro with two outs made it 3-0.
Vazquez allowed five runs -- two earned -- and nine hits with five strikeouts in 5 2-3 innings.
"We all didn't play well today," Arizona's Luis Gonzalez said. "We didn't make plays behind him when we had to and we didn't get hits. We didn't score runs. You can't win with zero runs."
|Players of the Game|
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|Willy Taveras, CF||4||0||1||1||1||1||1||.290|
|Craig Biggio, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||2||3||.272|
|Chad Harville, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Lamb, 1B||5||1||2||0||0||1||2||.222|
|Morgan Ensberg, 3B||4||2||3||1||1||0||0||.291|
|Jason Lane, RF||5||1||2||0||0||1||4||.256|
|Adam Everett, SS||4||1||2||1||0||2||2||.252|
|Chris Burke, LF||4||0||0||1||0||1||5||.234|
|Brad Ausmus, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||3||.243|
|Ezequiel Astacio, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.273|
|a- Orlando Palmeiro, PH||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.338|
|Russ Springer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Burns, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jose Vizcaino, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.243|
|Dan Wheeler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Eric Bruntlett, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.206|
|a-doubled for Astacio in the 6th|
|b-singled for Burns in the 8th|
|2B - Adam Everett (23, Worrell), Orlando Palmeiro (15, Vazquez)|
|HR - Morgan Ensberg (28, Vazquez)|
|SF - Chris Burke (3)|
|SH - Ezequiel Astacio (2)|
|RBI - Willy Taveras (20), Morgan Ensberg (79), Adam Everett (40), Chris Burke (15), Orlando Palmeiro (13), Jose Vizcaino (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Willy Taveras (10), Adam Everett (20), Orlando Palmeiro (4), Jose Vizcaino (4)|
|SB - Adam Everett (16, 2nd base off Bruney/Snyder)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Biggio-Everett-Lamb|
|Ezequiel Astacio (W,2-4)||5||4||0||0||3||1||0||6.33|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ezequiel Astacio 81-51, Russ Springer 21-13, Mike Burns 17-10, Dan Wheeler 15-10, Chad Harville 14-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ezequiel Astacio 7-7, Russ Springer 1-1, Dan Wheeler 1-0, Chad Harville 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Ezequiel Astacio 22, Russ Springer 4, Mike Burns 4, Dan Wheeler 3, Chad Harville 3|
|Craig Counsell, 2B||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||.267|
|Chad Tracy, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.296|
|Luis Gonzalez, LF||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.280|
|Troy Glaus, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.253|
|Shawn Green, CF||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.289|
|Conor Jackson, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Royce Clayton, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.268|
|Chris Snyder, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||4||.218|
|a- Alex Cintron, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.265|
|Javier Vazquez, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.256|
|Mike Koplove, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Buddy Groom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Quinton McCracken, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.238|
|Brian Bruney, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tim Worrell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Tony Clark, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.329|
|a-grounded out for Snyder in the 9th|
|b-fouled out for Groom in the 7th|
|c-struck out for Worrell in the 9th|
|DP - Clayton-Counsell-Jackson|
|E - Troy Glaus (18, Misplayed grounder), Luis Gonzalez (1, Misplayed grounder), Conor Jackson (2, Wild throw)|
|Javier Vazquez (L,9-10)||5.2||9||5||2||2||5||1||4.24|
|HBP - Everett (by Brian Bruney)|
|WP - Javier Vazquez (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 80-51, Mike Koplove 1-1, Brian Bruney 21-15, Tim Worrell 23-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 9-3, Mike Koplove 1-0, Buddy Groom 1-2, Brian Bruney 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 28, Mike Koplove 1, Buddy Groom 3, Brian Bruney 5, Tim Worrell 6|
|Attendance - 22283|
|Game Time - 3:11|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - Terry Craft, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Rick Reed|