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Everett, Astros snap Twins' eight-game win streak

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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HOUSTON -- Adam Everett's return to form is paying off for the Houston Astros.

The light-hitting shortstop had two doubles and two RBI to lead the Astros to a 5-3 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night, snapping the Twins' eight-game winning streak.

Everett hit .173 in May (17-for-98), ending the month on a 5-for-47 skid. Searching for answers, he started breaking down videotape of himself batting in 2004, when he hit .273.

After two weeks of tinkering, Everett is 11-for-22 over Houston's last six games.

"I've just tried to set up and go through the same routine, the way I did in '04," he said. "My hands are a little higher and my leg kick is back. I just feel a lot better at the plate and I'm seeing the ball better."

Preston Wilson hit a checked-swing single off reliever Kyle Lohse (2-5) to start the Astros' two-out rally in the eighth that led to their 10th win in 14 games. Eric Munson walked before Jason Lane muscled a soft liner into right to score Wilson.

Lane, who's also climbing out of an early season slump, went 1-for-3 with a walk. He also struck out twice.

"I've widened out a little bit and shortened up my swing," Lane said. "I've just tried to simplify things."

Everett followed Lane's hit with a double off the left field wall to score Munson and knock Lohse out of the game before he retired a batter.

Earlier, Everett tied the game at 3-3 with an RBI double off Twins' reliever Juan Rincon.

He would have never gotten the tying hit if he hadn't failed to lay down a bunt early in the 11-pitch at-bat. He fought off four foul balls in the duel before hammering the 3-2 pitch to the base of the fence.

"When I didn't get that bunt down, I was determined I was going to move the runner along some way," Everett said. "I was really disappointed in myself. I don't know why I didn't get the bunt down."

Dan Wheeler (1-4) pitched a perfect eighth for Houston before Brad Lidge worked the ninth for his 19th save.

Lance Berkman gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in the first, launching a 3-1 pitch from starter Carlos Silva just inside the foul pole in left. His 20th homer of the season was the 200th of his career and extended his hitting streak to nine games.

Lew Ford tied the game in the second with an RBI single that scored Michael Cuddyer, who led off with a single. Jason Bartlett's RBI single scored Torii Hunter to make it 2-1. Bartlett has hit safely in seven straight games since he was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on June 14.

Ford led off the fourth with a double to left that bounced in front of a diving Wilson. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez then nicked Bartlett's shoulder with an inside fastball.

The runners moved up on Luis Castillo's groundout and Ford sprinted home for a 3-1 lead when an outside pitch from Rodriguez bounced off Munson's glove.

Ford, a native of nearby Port Neches, went 2-for-4.

"It was a thrill," he said. "I had a lot of high school coaches and classmates make the trip up here. It was exciting for everybody."

Silva settled down after Berkman's homer, allowing one baserunner and striking out three over the next four innings. Silva retired 12 consecutive batters before Everett's two-out single in the fifth.

Chris Burke, hitting .388 since June 4, clanged a double off the metal scoreboard in left leading off the sixth. Burke went to third on Berkman's groundout, then beat a throw home on Mike Lamb's sacrifice fly.

Chad Qualls, who gave up a game-winning three-run homer to Doug Mientkiewicz on Sunday, relieved Rodriguez with two outs in the seventh and got Cuddyer to ground out.

Houston manager Phil Garner praised Rodriguez, though he allowed three runs and six hits with three walks.

"He didn't have his best location, but he hung tough and kept us in the ballgame," Garner said.

Silva walked Lane leading off the seventh and was replaced by Rincon, who had not allowed an earned run in his last 16 appearances. Lane took second on a wild pitch before tying the game on Everett's hit.

"We kind of let that one get away from us," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We couldn't finish them off."

Notes

  • The Astros snapped the Twins' 12-game streak of scoring four or more runs, Minnesota's longest since 1995.
  • The switch-hitting Berkman has hit 17 of his 20 homers from the left side.
  • 3B Morgan Ensberg sat out as he continues to nurse a nagging right shoulder injury. Ensberg missed six games after bruising the shoulder diving for a foul ball on June 9. He returned on June 15, but is 1-for-9 since and Garner said the injury is still bothering him.
  • Silva's single was his first hit of the season and third of his career.
 
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Lance Berkman rounds the bases after hitting a solo shot off of Carlos Silva in the first inning.  (AP)
Lance Berkman rounds the bases after hitting a solo shot off of Carlos Silva in the first inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Houston

A. Everett
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Minnesota

L. Ford
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Minnesota Twins
Luis Castillo, 2B5000013 .279
Nick Punto, 3B4000002 .276
   a- Terry Tiffee, PH1000011 .286
Joe Mauer, C3010110 .377
Michael Cuddyer, RF3110102 .271
Justin Morneau, 1B4000002 .266
Torii Hunter, CF3100102 .263
Lew Ford, LF4121000 .227
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
    Kyle Lohse, P0000000 .000
    Willie Eyre, P0000000 .000
Jason Bartlett, SS3011010 .440
Carlos Silva, P3010004 .333
    Juan Rincon, P0000000 .000
    Jason Kubel, LF1000010 .286
Totals343623516 
a-struck out for Punto in the 9th
Batting
2B - Lew Ford (6, Rodriguez)
RBI - Lew Ford (11), Jason Bartlett (2)
SB - Joe Mauer (7, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Munson)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Nick Punto (5, wild throw)
Minnesota Twins
Carlos Silva 6533151 6.87
Juan Rincon (BS,2) 1100000 1.43
Dennys Reyes 0.2000000 1.56
Kyle Lohse (L,2-5)0322100 8.87
Willie Eyre 0.1000000 5.61
WP - Juan Rincon (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 76-53, Juan Rincon 18-14, Dennys Reyes 2-2, Kyle Lohse 17-9, Willie Eyre 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 8-6, Juan Rincon 3-0, Dennys Reyes 1-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 25, Juan Rincon 4, Dennys Reyes 2, Kyle Lohse 4, Willie Eyre 1
Houston Astros
Craig Biggio, 2B4000013 .276
Chris Burke, CF-LF4110011 .322
Lance Berkman, 1B4111001 .313
Mike Lamb, 3B3011000 .326
Preston Wilson, LF4110001 .278
    Brad Ausmus, C0000000 .279
Eric Munson, C3000101 .222
    Willy Taveras, PR-CF0100000 .267
Jason Lane, RF3111120 .211
Adam Everett, SS4032010 .239
Wandy Rodriguez, P2010000 .103
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   a- Orlando Palmeiro, PH0000000 .207
    Dan Wheeler, P0000000 .000
   b- Morgan Ensberg, PH1000002 .249
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals32595259 
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Qualls in the 7th
b-flied out for Wheeler in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Burke (12, Silva), Adam Everett 2 (12, Rincon, Lohse)
HR - Lance Berkman (20, Silva)
SF - Mike Lamb (3)
SH - Orlando Palmeiro (2)
RBI - Lance Berkman (64), Mike Lamb (17), Jason Lane (27), Adam Everett 2 (28)
2-OUT RBI - Lance Berkman (18), Jason Lane (10), Adam Everett (14)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - Eric Munson (3)
E - Craig Biggio (3, misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
Wandy Rodriguez 6.2632320 4.45
Chad Qualls 0.1000000 4.31
Dan Wheeler (W,1-4) 1000000 4.11
Brad Lidge (S,19) 1000030 4.67
HBP - Bartlett (by Wandy Rodriguez)
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 94-53, Chad Qualls 3-2, Dan Wheeler 10-6, Brad Lidge 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 7-11, Chad Qualls 1-0, Dan Wheeler 2-1, Brad Lidge 1-0
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 30, Chad Qualls 1, Dan Wheeler 3, Brad Lidge 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33243
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Andy Fletcher