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"I really actually thought he would [catch it], especially the way things have been going for me lately with runners in scoring position," said Johnson, who was 0-for-4 in the last two games and had one RBI before Wednesday. "I haven't been taking good at bats and when I do, I would hit them right at somebody. I was thinking when I hit it, if anyone can run it down, he can."
Harden (3-1) allowed his first run with two outs in the fourth before retiring the next 10 batters.
"He did a heck of a job," manager Lou Piniella said. "He maintained his velocity. We thought if we get seven we were going to be pleased."
Harden didn't give up another hit until Bourn singled in the eighth, and Lance Berkman followed with a home run.
The Astros had an emotional day in their return from a rain-soaked road trip filled with delays. Third baseman Aaron Boone visited the team for the first time since open heart surgery before the team learned that hitting coach Sean Berry has what is likely a cancerous tumor on his kidney.
"Definitely a difficult day," manager Cecil Cooper said. "That's pretty tough news today. Kind of a roller coaster day because we get the news on Sean and we see Aaron today. We've gone through four or five days that have been really tough for us, travel days and long days at the ballpark. [But we] cannot make excuses. We still got to go out and play."
Kevin Gregg pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save.
Hampton hit an RBI single in the fourth that made it 4-1.
Johnson walked to start the sixth, Micah Hoffpauir doubled and Aaron Miles walked to load the bases. Johnson scored on a passed ball by Rodriguez -- his second of the night -- to push Chicago's lead to 5-1.
It was the first time since 2003 that Rodriguez had two passed balls in a game.
"Things happen," Rodriguez said. "It was a bad day for me behind the plate. I feel like I was jumping a little bit behind the plate, trying to reach for the pitch instead of waiting for the pitch and [receiving] it."
Hampton struck out Harden in the sixth before he was replaced by Alberto Arias, who was called up from Triple-A Round Rock earlier in the day. Arias struck out Alfonso Soriano and Ryan Theriot to end the inning.
Hampton allowed seven hits and five runs with four walks in 5 1/3 innings.
Ramirez homered in the seventh inning off Arias.
|Rich Harden picks up his third win and lasts seven innings for his longest outing of the season. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Alfonso Soriano, LF||5||1||1||0||0||3||5||.270|
|Ryan Theriot, SS||5||0||0||0||0||1||5||.305|
|Milton Bradley, RF||5||1||1||0||0||0||2||.135|
|Kevin Gregg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||1||2||1||1||0||2||.344|
|Geovany Soto, C||3||1||0||0||1||1||2||.159|
|Reed Johnson, CF-RF||3||2||1||3||1||1||0||.234|
|Micah Hoffpauir, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.295|
|Aaron Miles, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.203|
|Rich Harden, P||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.250|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joey Gathright, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.154|
|2B - Micah Hoffpauir (3, Hampton), Aaron Miles (4, Hampton)|
|3B - Reed Johnson (1, Hampton)|
|HR - Aramis Ramirez (4, Arias)|
|RBI - Aramis Ramirez (15), Reed Johnson 3 (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Reed Johnson 3 (3)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Theriot-Miles-Hoffpauir|
|Rich Harden (W,3-1)||7||8||3||3||3||4||1||4.83|
|Carlos Marmol (H,7)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.85|
|Kevin Gregg (S,5)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.61|
|WP - Rich Harden (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Rich Harden 99-66, Carlos Marmol 10-8, Kevin Gregg 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rich Harden 7-9, Carlos Marmol 2-1, Kevin Gregg 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Rich Harden 31, Carlos Marmol 3, Kevin Gregg 3|
|Kazuo Matsui, 2B||5||0||2||0||0||1||1||.274|
|Michael Bourn, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.299|
|Lance Berkman, 1B||3||1||1||2||1||0||1||.194|
|Carlos Lee, LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.294|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.287|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.310|
|Geoff Blum, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.272|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.247|
|Mike Hampton, P||2||0||1||1||0||1||0||.273|
|Alberto Arias, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Darin Erstad, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.148|
|Wesley Wright, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeff Fulchino, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jason Michaels, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.286|
|a-flied out for Arias in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Fulchino in the 9th|
|2B - Hunter Pence (6, Harden)|
|HR - Lance Berkman (7, Harden)|
|RBI - Lance Berkman 2 (16), Mike Hampton (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike Hampton (2)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Tejada-Matsui-Berkman|
|PB - Ivan Rodriguez 2 (2)|
|E - Geoff Blum (1, Throwing)|
|Mike Hampton (L,1-3)||5.1||7||5||3||4||4||0||4.91|
|WP - Alberto Arias (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Hampton 107-66, Alberto Arias 25-18, Wesley Wright 11-8, Jeff Fulchino 15-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Hampton 7-5, Alberto Arias 3-0, Wesley Wright 1-0, Jeff Fulchino 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Mike Hampton 27, Alberto Arias 7, Wesley Wright 3, Jeff Fulchino 3|
|Attendance - 29415|
|Game Time - 2:49|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - John Hirschbeck|