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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In his second crack at it, Roy Oswalt finally stopped the Astros' losing streak. And against a team that had just swept the best team in baseball, too.
"Roy had it going tonight," Houston manager Cecil Cooper said. "If you have a losing streak, he'll be the guy to step up and stop it. He was basically in command after the first inning."
Oswalt (6-7) allowed seven hits in 7 2/3 innings with two walks and five strikeouts.
"I didn't put too much pressure on myself," Oswalt said. "I just wanted to have a quality start. I threw some quality pitches and got some quick outs."
Oswalt was coming off an outing last Sunday in which he allowed seven runs in 5 2/3 innings in a 13-0 loss to the New York Yankees.
"He pitched really well," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He could have beaten a lot of teams tonight. He had very good command of his off-speed stuff. He was good, and that was the primary reason that we did not win tonight."
Lee put the Astros ahead 2-0 with a two-out, two-run double in the first. He has 38 RBI in his last 42 games.
The Rays came in having won three straight over the Chicago Cubs, a baseball-leading 46-28 after Friday's games.
The announced attendance at Tropicana Field was 14,741, less than half what the Rays averaged during their sweep of the Cubs. During that series, the team drew a total of 97,544 fans.
Eric Hinske drove in two runs for Tampa Bay, which lost for just the fifth time in its last 30 home games.
Doug Brocail replaced Oswalt with two on and two in the eighth, and got a first-pitch grounder from Cliff Floyd. Jose Valverde gave up a solo homer to Dioner Navarro in the ninth, but got the final three outs for his 17th save in 21 opportunities.
"It's the first time we ever faced him," Navarro said of Oswalt. "He pitched great. They got the key hits. We were ready today, but it didn't go our way."
Valverde's save was the first by an opponent at Tropicana Field since the one recorded by New York Yankees' closer Mariano Rivera on April 15.
Hinske got the Rays within 2-1 on an RBI single in the bottom of the first. He made it 4-2 on an eighth-inning run-scoring single.
Tampa Bay right-hander Matt Garza (5-4) gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out eight and walked two in losing for the first time in five decisions at home this season.
|Roy Oswalt gives his all to halt the Astros' eight-game skid, allowing two runs in 7 2/3 innings. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Michael Bourn, CF||5||1||2||0||0||2||0||.241|
|Kazuo Matsui, 2B||4||1||1||1||1||1||0||.271|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.297|
|Lance Berkman, 1B||2||1||0||1||1||1||0||.364|
|Carlos Lee, DH||4||0||2||2||0||2||1||.272|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.278|
|Darin Erstad, LF||2||0||0||0||2||0||2||.304|
|Ty Wigginton, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.266|
|Brad Ausmus, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.223|
|2B - Michael Bourn (5, Miller), Kazuo Matsui (12, Garza), Carlos Lee 2 (20, Garza, Glover)|
|SF - Lance Berkman (3)|
|RBI - Kazuo Matsui (18), Lance Berkman (60), Carlos Lee 2 (55)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee 2 (23)|
|CS - Hunter Pence (6, 2nd base by Garza/Navarro)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Roy Oswalt (W,6-7)||7.2||7||2||2||2||5||0||4.84|
|Doug Brocail (H,13)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.89|
|Jose Valverde (S,17)||1||1||1||1||0||1||1||4.11|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 110-80, Doug Brocail 1-1, Jose Valverde 14-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 8-10, Doug Brocail 1-0, Jose Valverde 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 32, Doug Brocail 1, Jose Valverde 4|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Akinori Iwamura, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||2||0||.270|
|Carl Crawford, LF||4||1||2||0||0||2||1||.275|
|B.J. Upton, CF||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.292|
|Eric Hinske, RF||4||0||2||2||0||0||1||.256|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.251|
|Cliff Floyd, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||5||.253|
|Willy Aybar, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Dioner Navarro, C||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.324|
|Jason Bartlett, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|HR - Dioner Navarro (4, Valverde)|
|RBI - Eric Hinske 2 (39), Dioner Navarro (28)|
|2-OUT RBI - Eric Hinske (11)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - B.J. Upton 1|
|DP - Bartlett-Iwamura-Aybar|
|E - Eric Hinske (2, Misplayed grounder), Evan Longoria (5, Misplayed grounder)|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Matt Garza (L,5-4)||6||7||4||3||2||8||0||4.10|
|IBB - Erstad by Gary Glover|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 113-79, Trever Miller 7-5, Gary Glover 42-24|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 4-5, Trever Miller 1-0, Gary Glover 3-2|
|Batters Faced - Matt Garza 26, Trever Miller 2, Gary Glover 10|
|Attendance - 14741|
|Game Time - 2:55|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Bob Davidson|