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San Diego at Houston

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San Diego (9-11)011001000380
Houston (8-12) «52030000x10130

Astros 10, Padres 3

CBSSports.com wire reports
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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.

Notes

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.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

M. Tejada
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
San Diego

A. Gonzalez
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF5120002 .304
Paul McAnulty, LF3000002 .229
   a- Scott Hairston, PH-LF1000000 .200
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B2112100 .280
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4010010 .291
Jim Edmonds, CF3111122 .212
Khalil Greene, SS4000003 .237
Josh Bard, C4010010 .246
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B3010110 .218
Justin Germano, P1000012 .333
    Wil Ledezma, P2000011 .000
    Kevin Cameron, P0000000 .000
   b- Justin Huber, PH1010000 .385
Totals3338337  
a-grounded out for McAnulty in the 8th
b-doubled for K. Cameron in the 9th
Batting
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) 3.1101010312 5.01
Wil Ledezma 3.2300120 1.42
Kevin Cameron 1000000 3.86
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
Houston Astros
Michael Bourn, CF3210102 .216
    Darin Erstad, CF1000001 .190
Kazuo Matsui, 2B5220002 .313
Miguel Tejada, SS5343000 .342
Lance Berkman, 1B3213101 .282
    Tomas Perez, 3B1000000 .200
Carlos Lee, LF3111101 .269
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Oscar Villarreal, P0000000 .000
Geoff Blum, 3B-1B3011001 .218
Hunter Pence, RF4021011 .229
Brad Ausmus, C4000011 .095
Roy Oswalt, P2010011 .200
   a- Jose Cruz Jr., PH-LF0000100 .125
Totals341013943  
a-walked for Oswalt in the 7th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Blum-Matsui-Berkman
Houston Astros
Roy Oswalt (W,2-3) 7633262 6.00
Tim Byrdak 1100110 0.00
Oscar Villarreal 1100000 5.79
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
Game Information
Attendance - 28600
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - James Hoye