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HOUSTON -- Roy Oswalt had a message for Astros manager Cecil Cooper.
"He came up and told me a few days ago, Your ace is back,"' Cooper said. "That was great to know. I'm going to ride that as long as I can."
Oswalt won consecutive starts for the first time since August, and Miguel Tejada and Lance Berkman drove in three runs each to lead the Houston Astros over the San Diego Padres 10-3 Monday night.
Oswalt (2-3) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings as the Astros won their second straight following a three-game losing streak. Oswalt was 6-0 over eight starts from July 20 to Sept. 3, then went 0-4 in six starts before winning at Philadelphia on April 16.
"I feel better now," Oswalt said. "I feel a lot closer to my old self. I told him that after the Phillies game because I got command of my breaking pitches. When you have only one pitch, it's hard to perform, but now I have all of them."
San Diego knew Oswalt wasn't the same pitcher they beat 4-0 in the season opener. But they also thought he was helped by a 5-0, first-inning lead.
"He didn't have to be as fine with his pitches," Brian Giles said. "I think it settled him down, too, because it gives him a lot of confidence to throw his other pitches besides his fastball for strikes, and he did that tonight. You've always got to be ready to hit him. He has a live fastball. When he can throw his slider and fastball for strikes, it makes it extremely tough."
Justin Germano (0-2) helped Oswalt relax by allowing a career-high 10 runs in 3 1/3 innings. The 10 hits he gave up matched the most off him in 39 major league appearances.
Germano also walked three, and his ERA for the season rose from 1.35 to 5.01.
"He just didn't have his location," manager Bud Black said. "And when he did miss, he missed in the middle. I'd prefer that if he did miss, he miss either inside or outside. He starts the game off with four balls, and that's not Justin-like. After the first inning, there were a few glimpses that he might get it together, but when you give up five in the first against a guy like Oswalt, it's going to make it hard."
Houston scored its most runs this season.
"When I walked on four pitches, that was great," leadoff man Michael Bourn said. "We all were clicking."
Giles doubled twice and Adrian Gonzalez homered and had two RBI for the Padres, who lost for the fifth time in six games.
Houston's first seven batters of the night reached on five hits and two walks. Tejada hit an RBI single, Berkman drove in three runs with his fifth homer of the season and Hunter Pence had an RBI double.
Jim Edmonds hit a solo home run in the second, his first homer since Sept. 14, but Tejada's two-run homer made it 7-1 in the second.
Bourn's stolen bases in the first and fourth innings gave him a major league best 13 steals in 13 attempts this season. ... The Astros have scored 19 first-inning runs this year, their most in any inning. ... Edmonds has 42 RBI at Minute Maid, the most by a player who never played for the Astros. ... Cooper says he has been told by league officials he will not be fined or suspended for his criticism of the umpires in Saturday's game with Colorado. Cooper said Saturday that the umpires, in particular second base umpire Mark Wegner, blew a critical call in the seventh inning when they ruled Rockies CF Ryan Spilborghs caught a fly ball by Geoff Blum.
|Players of the Game|
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|San Diego Padres|
|Brian Giles, RF||5||1||2||0||0||0||2||.304|
|Paul McAnulty, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.229|
|a- Scott Hairston, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||2||1||1||2||1||0||0||.280|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.291|
|Jim Edmonds, CF||3||1||1||1||1||2||2||.212|
|Khalil Greene, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.237|
|Josh Bard, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.246|
|Tadahito Iguchi, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.218|
|Justin Germano, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.333|
|Wil Ledezma, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Kevin Cameron, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Justin Huber, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.385|
|a-grounded out for McAnulty in the 8th|
|b-doubled for K. Cameron in the 9th|
|2B - Brian Giles 2 (5, Oswalt, Oswalt), Josh Bard (3, Oswalt), Justin Huber (1, Villarreal)|
|HR - Adrian Gonzalez (3, Oswalt), Jim Edmonds (1, Oswalt)|
|SF - Adrian Gonzalez (1)|
|RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (11), Jim Edmonds (5)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|San Diego Padres|
|Justin Germano (L,0-2)||3.1||10||10||10||3||1||2||5.01|
|IBB - Berkman by Justin Germano|
|WP - Wil Ledezma 2 (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Justin Germano 83-46, Wil Ledezma 46-30, Kevin Cameron 7-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Germano 4-4, Wil Ledezma 3-6, Kevin Cameron 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Justin Germano 22, Wil Ledezma 15, Kevin Cameron 3|
|Michael Bourn, CF||3||2||1||0||1||0||2||.216|
|Darin Erstad, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.190|
|Kazuo Matsui, 2B||5||2||2||0||0||0||2||.313|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||5||3||4||3||0||0||0||.342|
|Lance Berkman, 1B||3||2||1||3||1||0||1||.282|
|Tomas Perez, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Carlos Lee, LF||3||1||1||1||1||0||1||.269|
|Tim Byrdak, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Oscar Villarreal, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Geoff Blum, 3B-1B||3||0||1||1||0||0||1||.218|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||0||2||1||0||1||1||.229|
|Brad Ausmus, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.095|
|Roy Oswalt, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||.200|
|a- Jose Cruz Jr., PH-LF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.125|
|a-walked for Oswalt in the 7th|
|2B - Miguel Tejada (6, Ledezma), Hunter Pence (5, Germano)|
|HR - Miguel Tejada (4, Germano), Lance Berkman (5, Germano)|
|SF - Geoff Blum (1)|
|SH - Roy Oswalt (1)|
|RBI - Miguel Tejada 3 (16), Lance Berkman 3 (14), Carlos Lee (9), Geoff Blum (8), Hunter Pence (4)|
|SB - Michael Bourn 2 (13, 2nd base off Germano/Bard, 3rd base off Germano/Bard), Miguel Tejada (2, 2nd base off Germano/Bard)|
|CS - Hunter Pence (2, 2nd base by Germano/Bard)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Blum-Matsui-Berkman|
|Roy Oswalt (W,2-3)||7||6||3||3||2||6||2||6.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 96-68, Tim Byrdak 16-10, Oscar Villarreal 19-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 8-6, Tim Byrdak 1-1, Oscar Villarreal 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 28, Tim Byrdak 5, Oscar Villarreal 4|
|Attendance - 28600|
|Game Time - 2:27|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - James Hoye|