|Houston (29-32) «||3||0||1||0||0||2||2||0||0||8||8||0|
Pence ended a slump with a home run and Berkman also homered to help the Astros beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-3 on Sunday.
"If you're going to be a good ball club you can't rely on one or two guys to carry the team," Berkman said. "This is the most balanced lineup we've had since I got here."
Bourn scored Houston's final run when he hit a run-scoring single, stole second and third and scored after waiting for third baseman Mark Reynolds to throw to first on a soft grounder by Tejada.
"He pretty much stole home the way he waited," Berkman said. "That was the textbook definition of manufacturing a run."
Brian Moehler (3-4) scattered six hits over six innings for the Astros, who won for the fourth time in five games. The right-hander yielded three runs, struck out two and walked two for his third win in four starts.
"It was bend but don't break," Moehler said. "We won the series which is a good start to the road trip."
The Astros have won five consecutive series for the first time this season.
"I've said it and I'll keep saying it," said Astros manager Cecil Cooper. "Good baseball is the point. Good baseball is what we've got to play and what we've been playing."
Stephen Drew and Reynolds homered for the Diamondbacks, who have lost five of seven. Arizona is 0-5-1 in six homestands under A.J. Hinch, who took over for the fired Bob Melvin on May 8.
"It's good we're playing hard and working our tails off to turn this around but the wins haven't come as well as they should have," Hinch said. "We have to find a way to get wins. It's mentally grueling. But I've said it before and I'm sorry for saying the same thing over again. The rest of the league doesn't care. It doesn't feel sorry for us."
The Astros wasted little time against Diamondbacks starter Billy Buckner (2-3).
Pence was hitless in his last 12 at-bats before homering.
Bourn walked to lead off the game and scored when Tejada's looping liner into right field skipped under Justin Upton's glove and rolled to the wall for a double. Buckner struck out Pence before Berkman homered onto the porch overhanging center field to make it 3-0.
"I got us down early and we were never able to come back from that," Buckner said.
Drew's two-out, two-run homer off Moehler in the bottom of the first cut the lead to 3-2. Pence hit a two-out home run in the third to extend Houston's lead to 4-2.
Reynolds led off the fourth with his 17th home run to pull the Diamondbacks within 4-3.
Buckner yielded six runs and five hits over five-plus innings with three walks and five strikeouts.
|Hunter Pence rounds third base as the Astros are on their way to winning a fifth consecutive series. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Michael Bourn, CF||3||2||1||1||1||1||0||.290|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||4||2||2||2||0||0||0||.344|
|Hunter Pence, RF||3||2||1||1||1||1||1||.323|
|Lance Berkman, 1B||3||1||1||2||1||1||0||.256|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||3||0||0||1||0||1||0||.247|
|Jason Michaels, LF||4||0||1||1||0||2||0||.189|
|Matt Kata, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.235|
|Edwin Maysonet, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.333|
|Brian Moehler, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|a- Russ Ortiz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Jeff Fulchino, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Darin Erstad, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.117|
|Jose Valverde, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-fouled out for Moehler in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Fulchino in the 9th|
|2B - Miguel Tejada 2 (23, Buckner, Buckner)|
|HR - Hunter Pence (8, Buckner), Lance Berkman (13, Buckner)|
|SF - Ivan Rodriguez (2)|
|RBI - Michael Bourn (14), Miguel Tejada 2 (36), Hunter Pence (26), Lance Berkman 2 (37), Ivan Rodriguez (26), Jason Michaels (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Hunter Pence (9)|
|SB - Michael Bourn 2 (22, 2nd base off Rauch/Snyder, 3rd base off Rauch/Snyder), Hunter Pence (8, 3rd base off Boyer/Snyder), Lance Berkman (2, 2nd base off Boyer/Snyder)|
|Team LOB - 1|
|Outfield Assists - Hunter Pence 1|
|DP - Moehler-Kata-Berkman, Kata-Tejada-Berkman|
|Brian Moehler (W,3-4)||6||6||3||3||2||2||2||6.66|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brian Moehler 89-54, Jeff Fulchino 27-16, Jose Valverde 15-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Moehler 4-10, Jeff Fulchino 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Brian Moehler 24, Jeff Fulchino 7, Jose Valverde 3|
|Felipe Lopez, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.305|
|Eric Byrnes, LF||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.216|
|Justin Upton, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.306|
|Stephen Drew, SS||4||1||1||2||0||0||2||.255|
|Mark Reynolds, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.281|
|Chris Young, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.189|
|Josh Whitesell, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.212|
|Chris Snyder, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.220|
|Billy Buckner, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.167|
|Blaine Boyer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jon Rauch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Miguel Montero, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.225|
|Clay Zavada, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Qualls, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded into a double play for Rauch in the 7th|
|2B - Eric Byrnes (11, Fulchino), Mark Reynolds (15, Moehler), Billy Buckner (1, Moehler)|
|HR - Stephen Drew (4, Moehler), Mark Reynolds (17, Moehler)|
|RBI - Stephen Drew 2 (23), Mark Reynolds (45)|
|2-OUT RBI - Stephen Drew 2 (6)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Buckner-Drew-F. Lopez, F. Lopez-Drew-Whitesell|
|Billy Buckner (L,2-3)||5||5||6||6||3||5||2||7.36|
|WP - Jon Rauch (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Billy Buckner 84-50, Blaine Boyer 16-10, Jon Rauch 20-14, Clay Zavada 11-7, Chad Qualls 6-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Billy Buckner 5-4, Blaine Boyer 1-1, Jon Rauch 1-2, Clay Zavada 1-0, Chad Qualls 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Billy Buckner 22, Blaine Boyer 3, Jon Rauch 5, Clay Zavada 3, Chad Qualls 3|
|Attendance - 26937|
|Game Time - 2:41|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Dana DeMuth|