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Berkman splashed his major league-leading 15th home run into McCovey Cove to break a ninth-inning tie, helping the Astros rally past the San Francisco Giants 8-7 on Thursday for their 11th win in 13 games.
Houston already has come from behind to win 13 times this year.
"We'll take as many as we can get," Berkman said. "It seems like we're never out of it. That might be the best comeback I've seen since I've been here."
Houston rebounded from a 6-0 deficit to take three of four from the Giants, its first series win in San Francisco since a three-game sweep in September 2001. The Giants hadn't blown a six-run lead since Sept. 8, 2000, against San Diego, while the Astros came back from six runs down for the first time since May 9, 2000, vs. Colorado.
"I don't know. It's just amazing," Cooper said. "I'm hanging along for the ride. They keep doing it. They don't quit."
Berkman also hit a two-run single and is riding a 14-game hitting streak. He went 7-for-15 (.467) with three homers and seven RBI during the series.
Pinch-hitter Darin Erstad hit a tying, three-run homer in the eighth and Carlos Lee also homered in the inning off Tyler Walker, who faltered on his 32nd birthday. Berkman connected off Vinnie Chulk (0-2) for the first splash-hit homer by an Astro and the 16th by a Giants opponent.
Barry Bonds, the indicted home run king, hit 35 into the water beyond the right-field fence.
"I mean, what a distinction, what an honor," Berkman joked about his water shot. "That's pretty big."
Erstad's drive to the right-field arcade marked his first career pinch-hit homer and the first for the Astros this season. It also spoiled a strong start by San Francisco's Tim Lincecum.
"We're having a tough time keeping the ball in the ballpark," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "These are games we need to close out."
San Francisco's Randy Winn doubled twice among his three hits and scored two runs. He has a 10-game hitting streak and needs one double for No. 300 of his career.
Aaron Rowand drove in two runs for the Giants, who got five straight hits off starter Chris Sampson to start the third on an unusually hot spring day in the Bay Area. It was 95 degrees at first pitch - the second-hottest day in the ballpark's 9-year history and the third game when the temperature reached 90.
Omar Vizquel singled in his first three at-bats to give him 2,606 hits, moving him past Tim Raines for seventh place among switch-hitters. John Bowker hit a two-run double and added a sacrifice fly for the Giants.
Alex Hinshaw, called up from Triple-A Fresno earlier in the day, relieved Walker to make his major league debut and struck out Michael Bourn before allowing a single to Kaz Matsui and giving way to Chulk.
"Basically, you can blame me for losing this game," Walker said. "No way Vinnie should pitch in that game. There were six outs to go with a four-run lead. I know the Astros are a good hitting team, but that's our job. It's something you have to come back from."
Lincecum walked Berkman to start the second but that was his only baserunner until Matsui's single to start the fourth. Lincecum struck out 10 for his fourth career game with 10 or more Ks and second this year. He allowed three runs, five hits and three walks in six innings.
"He had just a little blip on the radar there," Berkman said. "He's got as good of stuff as I've ever seen."
Rowand's high chopper in the first got past shortstop Loretta for an error and an RBI, allowing Vizquel to score from third for a 1-0 lead. Regular starting shortstop Miguel Tejada took his first day off of the season for Houston before pinch-hitting in the ninth.
The Astros will conclude their season-long, 10-game road trip with three interleague games at Texas starting Friday.
|Lance Berkman's major league-leading 15th homer completes Houston's rally from 6-0 down. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Michael Bourn, CF||5||0||0||0||0||2||1||.181|
|Kazuo Matsui, 2B||4||1||3||0||1||0||0||.283|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||1||1||0||1||1||3||.286|
|Lance Berkman, 1B||4||2||2||3||1||1||2||.391|
|Carlos Lee, LF||5||1||3||1||0||2||0||.289|
|Geoff Blum, 3B||5||1||0||0||0||1||4||.205|
|Mark Loretta, SS||5||1||3||1||0||1||2||.233|
|Jose Valverde, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|J.R. Towles, C||3||0||0||0||0||3||2||.151|
|a- Darin Erstad, PH||1||1||1||3||0||0||0||.304|
|Geoff Geary, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tim Byrdak, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|b- Miguel Tejada, PH-SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.343|
|Chris Sampson, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.067|
|c- Jose Cruz Jr., PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.122|
|Dave Borkowski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Brad Ausmus, PH-C||1||0||0||0||1||1||2||.235|
|a-homered for Towles in the 8th|
|b-flied out for Byrdak in the 9th|
|c-flied out for Sampson in the 7th|
|d-walked for Borkowski in the 8th|
|2B - Kazuo Matsui (8, Taschner), Hunter Pence (10, Lincecum)|
|HR - Lance Berkman (15, Chulk), Carlos Lee (9, T. Walker), Darin Erstad (1, T. Walker)|
|RBI - Lance Berkman 3 (43), Carlos Lee (29), Mark Loretta (10), Darin Erstad 3 (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Loretta (5)|
|SB - Kazuo Matsui (8, 2nd base off Lincecum/Holm), Lance Berkman (7, 2nd base off Lincecum/Holm), Carlos Lee (2, 2nd base off Lincecum/Holm)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Berkman|
|E - Mark Loretta 2 (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Tim Byrdak (W,2-0)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Jose Valverde (S,11)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||4.15|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sampson 92-61, Dave Borkowski 8-6, Geoff Geary 9-5, Tim Byrdak 12-10, Jose Valverde 15-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sampson 12-5, Dave Borkowski 1-1, Jose Valverde 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Sampson 30, Dave Borkowski 3, Geoff Geary 3, Tim Byrdak 2, Jose Valverde 3|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Fred Lewis, LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.286|
|a- Bengie Molina, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.275|
|Daniel Ortmeier, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.292|
|Omar Vizquel, SS||5||3||3||0||0||1||2||.444|
|Randy Winn, RF||5||2||3||1||0||0||0||.294|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||5||1||2||2||0||1||0||.333|
|John Bowker, 1B||4||0||1||3||0||1||2||.281|
|Rich Aurilia, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.245|
|Vinnie Chulk, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Steve Holm, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.275|
|Emmanuel Burriss, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.250|
|b- Ray Durham, PH-2B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Tim Lincecum, P||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.235|
|Jack Taschner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tyler Walker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alexander Hinshaw, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jose Castillo, 3B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.257|
|a-flied out for Lewis in the 8th|
|b-singled for Burriss in the 8th|
|2B - Randy Winn 2 (11, Sampson, Sampson), John Bowker (3, Sampson)|
|SF - John Bowker (2)|
|RBI - Randy Winn (14), Aaron Rowand 2 (20), John Bowker 3 (15)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Vinnie Chulk (L,0-2)||1.1||3||1||1||0||1||1||2.81|
|WP - Tim Lincecum 2 (5), Tyler Walker (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 105-65, Jack Taschner 12-6, Tyler Walker 28-16, Alexander Hinshaw 10-5, Vinnie Chulk 32-22|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 3-5, Tyler Walker 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 26, Jack Taschner 3, Tyler Walker 7, Alexander Hinshaw 2, Vinnie Chulk 7|
|Attendance - 33771|
|Game Time - 3:24|
|Temperature - 95|
|Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Gerry Davis|