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Houston at Arizona

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Astros 10, Diamondbacks 0

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

PHOENIX -- The injury-depleted Houston rotation got just what it needed from Wandy Rodriguez on Saturday night. And the Astros' offense provided more than enough support.

Rodriguez allowed two hits through seven innings and three Astros homered in a 10-0 rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"This is Wandy Rodriguez's night," said Morgan Ensberg, who was 3-for-4 with a homer and an RBI double. "The guy was unbelievable."

Rodriguez called it the best outing of his young major league career.

"My fastball tonight had a lot of movement," he said. "I threw a lot of fastballs."

Adam Everett drove in three runs with a homer and a double, Willy Taveras was 3-for-4 with a walk and scored twice, and Jason Lane homered and singled in the Astros' 15-hit attack.

Rodriguez (2-0) struck out six and walked one.

"He had a pretty nice fastball and he was locating it pretty good and they just stayed with it all night," Houston manager Phil Garner said. "It was kind of an unusually pitched game. You don't see a guy use primary fastballs but he was locating where he wanted and they stayed with it and he did a nice job."

Chad Qualls and Mike Gallo completed the two-hitter, Houston's second shutout in three games.

Arizona manager Bob Melvin said it was a combination of good pitching by the Astros and a poor approach by the Diamondbacks' batters.

"This is the first game we haven't been in," he said. "I thought last night (a 5-1 victory) would be a good one to build on, but we got very few good swings as a group."

Ensberg and Everett had leadoff homers, in the second and third innings respectively, off the Diamondbacks' Claudio Vargas (1-1).

The Astros added three in the fourth. Ensberg led off with a single, Preston Wilson walked and Lane singled to load the bases with no outs. Eric Munson struck out, but Everett followed with a two-run double and Rodriguez singled in another to make it 5-0.

Reliever Casey Daigle came on to get Craig Biggio to hit into a double play, but he gave up two runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Wilson and Munson.

Center fielder Eric Byrnes robbed Everett of an extra-base hit, and saved at least one run, with a diving catch to his right to end the fifth.

Damian Easley got the Diamondbacks' first hit with a two-out double in the fifth. The other was Byrnes' leadoff double in the sixth.

Lane hit a two-run homer off Jason Grimsley in the seventh.

Vargas lasted 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits. He struck out four and walked one.

"I think I threw good pitches tonight," Vargas said. "The only one I think I missed was the first home run. The other base hits and the other home runs I think were very good pitches. They hit my good pitches. There's nothing I can do but just keep pitching. Tonight was just bad luck." "

The only Arizona base runner through the first four innings was Easley, who reached third on a three-base error charged to center fielder Taveras leading off the third. Left fielder Wilson nearly collided with Taveras on Easley's fly and the ball fell out of Taveras' glove as Wilson brushed past.

Easley was stranded at third when Rodriguez struck out the next two batters and Byrnes popped out to left.

Arizona had runners at first and second with one out in the sixth but failed to score when Chad Tracy popped out to left and Luis Gonzalez lined out to right field.


Rodriguez allowed six runs in five innings in his only other start against Arizona, on April 4 last season. ... The Astros will have pitchers making their first major league starts the next two games -- Fernando Nieve against Arizona on Saturday and Taylor Buchholz against Milwaukee on Monday. ... Commissioner Bud Selig, who has a home in Scottsdale, attended the game. ... Daigle's wife, former Olympic softball pitcher Jennie Finch, is expecting the couple's son any day. ... Biggio was the only Astros starter without a hit.

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Players of the Game

M. Ensberg
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1

W. Rodriguez
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 6
Houston Astros
Craig Biggio, 2B4000011 .209
    Chris Burke, 2B1000000 .222
Willy Taveras, CF4230110 .333
    Eric Bruntlett, CF0000000 .500
Lance Berkman, 1B4110012 .325
    Mike Lamb, 1B1000011 .286
Morgan Ensberg, 3B5232023 .389
Preston Wilson, LF4221101 .273
Jason Lane, RF5222013 .211
Eric Munson, C4011023 .143
Adam Everett, SS4123002 .250
Wandy Rodriguez, P3011000 .167
   a- Orlando Palmeiro, PH1000000 .000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Mike Gallo, P0000000 .000
a-lined out for Rodriguez in the 8th
2B - Morgan Ensberg (4, Aquino), Adam Everett (2, Vargas)
3B - Willy Taveras (1, Vargas)
HR - Morgan Ensberg (2, Vargas), Jason Lane (2, Grimsley), Adam Everett (1, Vargas)
RBI - Morgan Ensberg 2 (5), Preston Wilson (8), Jason Lane 2 (4), Eric Munson (2), Adam Everett 3 (7), Wandy Rodriguez (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Lane 2 (2), Eric Munson (1)
CS - Willy Taveras (2, 2nd base by Vargas/Snyder)
Team LOB - 5
E - Willy Taveras (1, dropped fly)
Houston Astros
Wandy Rodriguez (W,2-0) 7200160 2.84
Chad Qualls 1000100 9.00
Mike Gallo 1000000 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 103-62, Chad Qualls 13-6, Mike Gallo 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 8-8, Chad Qualls 2-1, Mike Gallo 2-1
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 25, Chad Qualls 4, Mike Gallo 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Eric Byrnes, CF3010111 .257
Orlando Hudson, 2B3000101 .220
Chad Tracy, 3B3000022 .300
    Jason Grimsley, P0000000 .000
    Greg Aquino, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Clark, PH1000000 .167
Luis Gonzalez, LF4000002 .195
Conor Jackson, 1B4000010 .276
Shawn Green, RF3000000 .100
Damion Easley, SS3010000 .286
Chris Snyder, C3000012 .313
Claudio Vargas, P1000011 .000
    Casey Daigle, P0000000 .000
   b- Andy Green, PH-3B2000000 .125
a-flied out for Aquino in the 9th
b-flied out for Daigle in the 6th
2B - Eric Byrnes (3, Rodriguez), Damion Easley (3, Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Easley-Hudson-Jackson
E - Conor Jackson (1, )
Arizona Diamondbacks
Claudio Vargas (L,1-1) 3.1855142 4.82
Casey Daigle 2.2422020 6.75
Jason Grimsley 2222011 8.53
Greg Aquino 1111120 1.69
Pitches-Strikes - Claudio Vargas 74-49, Casey Daigle 35-23, Jason Grimsley 32-23, Greg Aquino 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Claudio Vargas 3-2, Casey Daigle 2-3, Jason Grimsley 2-3, Greg Aquino 1-0
Batters Faced - Claudio Vargas 18, Casey Daigle 11, Jason Grimsley 8, Greg Aquino 5
Game Information
Attendance - 25042
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Kerwin Danley