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Astros lose, suspend Chacon indefinitely for reportedly grabbing GM

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HOUSTON -- Before they even took on Texas, the Houston Astros apparently were fighting among themselves.

Astros pitcher Shawn Chacon was suspended indefinitely by the team Wednesday after he reportedly grabbed general manager Ed Wade by the neck and threw him to the ground.

That was the start of a rough night for Houston, which lost 3-2 to the Rangers when Miguel Tejada grounded out with the bases loaded for the final out.

Max Ramirez got his first two major league hits and the second one -- a two-run homer -- put Texas up 3-2 in the fourth inning. The Astros had won two in a row after losing nine of 10.

Chacon, upset last weekend after being demoted to the bullpen, was suspended by the club for insubordination. He was quoted in a story posted on the Houston Chronicle's website as saying he got into a confrontation with Wade before the game.

"He is suspended pending final resolution of whatever move we end up making with him," Wade said, declining to provide further details.

Astros manager Cecil Cooper and most of his players refused to comment on the situation, but slugger Lance Berkman said things like that sometimes happen because of the emotions involved in baseball.

"It's not unprecedented," Berkman said. "This is a very highly wound sport and unfortunately it's not a sport where you can take out any frustrations on the opponent. You have to keep yourself in check and a lot of times your emotions just get the better of you. It's happened to me. It's happened to every player in the game."

In his second major league game after being recalled from Double-A Frisco on Saturday, Ramirez hit a single in the second inning. In the fourth, his two-run homer to center put the Rangers ahead 3-2.

"I can't believe I got my first base hit and my first home run," he said. "It was really exciting."

Ramirez was 0-for-3 in his big league debut on Sunday after hitting .363 with 17 homers and 50 RBI for Frisco this season. He made his first start at catcher for the banged-up Rangers, having played first base in his earlier game.

"We've known he was going to be able to swing the bat, but personally I wanted to see how he handled the pitching staff and he did a great job of that," manager Ron Washington said. "You could definitely say he has a bright future."

Texas starter Scott Feldman was pulled after throwing 99 pitches in four innings. Luis Mendoza (1-2) allowed two hits in three scoreless innings.

Rangers reliever C.J. Wilson gave up double to Ty Wigginton in the ninth and walked Michael Bourn with two outs. Mark Loretta followed with a grounder and third baseman Ramon Vazquez, distracted by Wigginton running in front of him, misplayed it for an error that loaded the bases.

Tejada grounded into a routine force for the final out, giving Wilson his 16th save.

Ian Kinsler tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Vazquez to put the Rangers ahead 1-0 in the first. Bourn hit a two-run homer in the second that put Houston up 2-1.

Astros ace Roy Oswalt (6-8) took the loss after allowing seven hits and three runs in seven innings. Oswalt said things went better after he got a feel for Ramirez.

"He's a new guy," Oswalt said. "We don't know him too well and it took about three at-bats before I figured out what he was trying to do."

The Rangers were without both Milton Bradley and Josh Hamilton for the first time this season. Bradley hasn't started the last seven games since straining his left quadriceps June 17. Hamilton, who leads the majors with 76 RBI, sat out after leaving the night before with knee inflammation.

Notes

  • 1B Hank Blalock joined the Rangers to continue treatment on his injured right hand. He was supposed to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday, but injured his right hand diving for a ball Sunday with Triple-A Oklahoma. The Rangers aren't sure when he'll return from the disabled list.
  • Berkman had doubles in the third and fifth, but was stranded both times. Berkman's 50 extra-base hits lead the majors.
 
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Max Ramirez comes through for his first two hits in the majors, including this two-run home run.  (AP)
Max Ramirez comes through for his first two hits in the majors, including this two-run home run. (AP)

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Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4120002 .306
Ramon Vazquez, 3B3001003 .325
Michael Young, SS4010001 .278
David Murphy, RF4000011 .270
Marlon Byrd, CF4000031 .248
Frank Catalanotto, 1B4120011 .281
Max Ramirez, C4122010 .286
Brandon Boggs, LF4010001 .266
Scott Feldman, P1000000 .333
   a- German Duran, PH1000010 .216
    Luis Mendoza, P0000000 .000
    Eddie Guardado, P0000000 .000
    C.J. Wilson, P0000000 .000
Totals3338307  
a-struck out for Feldman in the 5th
Batting
2B - Brandon Boggs (10, Oswalt)
3B - Ian Kinsler (3, Oswalt)
HR - Max Ramirez (1, Oswalt)
SF - Ramon Vazquez (3)
SH - Luis Mendoza (1)
RBI - Ramon Vazquez (27), Max Ramirez 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Max Ramirez 2 (2)
CS - Frank Catalanotto (1, 2nd base by Sampson/Ausmus)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Kinsler-Catalanotto, Catalanotto-Young
E - Luis Mendoza (1, Throwing), Ramon Vazquez (8, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Scott Feldman 4622221 4.60
Luis Mendoza (W,1-2) 3200020 5.74
Eddie Guardado (H,13) 1100000 3.42
C.J. Wilson (S,16) 1100110 4.73
IBB - Lee by Scott Feldman
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 99-60, Luis Mendoza 38-25, Eddie Guardado 14-8, C.J. Wilson 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 5-4, Luis Mendoza 5-2, C.J. Wilson 2-1
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 19, Luis Mendoza 11, Eddie Guardado 3, C.J. Wilson 6
Houston Astros
Michael Bourn, CF4122112 .234
Mark Loretta, 2B5000002 .256
Miguel Tejada, SS5010014 .290
Lance Berkman, 1B4020010 .360
Carlos Lee, LF3010112 .276
    Reggie Abercrombie, PR-LF0000000 .222
Hunter Pence, RF4000005 .269
Ty Wigginton, 3B3010100 .272
Brad Ausmus, C4000001 .214
Roy Oswalt, P2120000 .242
   a- Darin Erstad, PH1010000 .299
    Chris Sampson, P0000000 .105
   b- Geoff Blum, PH1000011 .230
Totals36210235  
a-singled for Oswalt in the 7th
b-struck out for Sampson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Lance Berkman 2 (26, Feldman, Mendoza), Carlos Lee (22, Guardado), Ty Wigginton (11, Wilson)
HR - Michael Bourn (4, Feldman)
RBI - Michael Bourn 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn 2 (7)
SB - Michael Bourn (29, 3rd base off Feldman/M. Ramirez), Miguel Tejada (6, 2nd base off Feldman/M. Ramirez)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Ausmus-Loretta
Houston Astros
Roy Oswalt (L,6-8) 7733051 4.77
Chris Sampson 2100020 5.29
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 108-74, Chris Sampson 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 7-10, Chris Sampson 2-1
Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 29, Chris Sampson 6
Game Information
Attendance - 32567
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Gerry Davis