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Oswalt goes eight stellar innings; Big Unit leaves early

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Houston Astros received an All-Star effort from Roy Oswalt and he's hoping it could spark a run in the second half.

Oswalt pitched eight strong innings in the Houston Astros' 7-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.

"Any time you get three runs its a lot less stressful," Oswalt said. "We have Pittsburgh and Washington coming in, so hopefully we can get back to .500 and make a run for it like we usually do."

Miguel Tejada, Hunter Pence and Jason Michaels each hit solo home runs for the Astros, who had been shut out in their previous two games against the Giants. Jeff Keppinger had three hits and drove in a run.

"It's always nice to hit a home run when your team wins," Pence said. "So yeah, it was great."

A three-time All-Star, Oswalt (5-4) gave up three hits, struck out six and walked one in improving to 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA over his last five starts. He also had a two-run single in the eighth.

"Just a great outing from Roy," Astros' manager Cecil Cooper said. "I hope he pitches this way during the second half. We can jump on his back."

Rich Aurilia hit a home run for the Giants, who have lost three of their last five but are 26-13 at home.

Giants' starter Randy Johnson (8-6) left the game with a left shoulder strain after committing a throwing error in the top of the fourth inning. Johnson took an awkward swing against Oswalt in striking out in the bottom of the third and grabbed his shoulder as he walked back to the dugout.

"I'm going to make this short," Johnson said. "Right now it's a strain and I'm going for an MRI tomorrow. That's all I'm going to say."

Johnson allowed four runs and five hits over 3 2/3 innings. He struck out two and did not walk a batter.

"He was throwing slower than he normally does," Giants' catcher Bengie Molina said. "He usually throws in the 90s and all of a sudden he was throwing 81-82. Let's hope he's OK."

Tejada, named to his sixth All-Star Game earlier in the day, hit the first pitch he saw over the left field fence.

"I never look to hit a home run but sometimes I get lucky," Tejada said. "I just want to get on base ahead of the big guys. We have a week at home and we're getting close. We'll keep playing hard and see how we finish the first half."

Johnson settled in until his at bat in the bottom of the third. He gave up fourth-inning homers to first-time All-Star Pence and Michaels, then gave up a single to Keppinger.

Johnson fielded Oswalt's slow bouncer and threw it into right field, giving the Astros an extra run. He was immediately removed from the game and replaced by Justin Miller.

Houston tacked on three more runs in the eighth, with Keppinger doubling home a run before Oswalt singled into left field.

Aurilia broke up Oswalt's shutout bid with a one-out home run in the eighth.

"It's pretty simple: we got shut down," Giants' manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's one of the best pitchers in the league and he pitched great. It was too much Oswalt."

LaTroy Hawkins pitched a perfect ninth to complete the victory.

Notes

  • Tejada's .385 batting average against Johnson is the highest among active players.
  • The Astros recorded their second straight winning road trip.
  • Oswalt won his career best third straight start against the Giants.
  • Keppinger improved to .356 in road games.
  • Giants IF Pablo Sandoval sat out the game with a bruised knee but was expected to be back in the lineup on Monday.
  • Johnson lost his second straight decision to the Astros after winning four consecutive.
  • Aurilia's home run was his 143rd as a Giant and broke a tie (with Darrell Evans) for 17th place on the franchise list.
 
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Three-time All-Star Roy Oswalt improves to 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA over his past five starts.  (AP)
Three-time All-Star Roy Oswalt improves to 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA over his past five starts. (AP)

Players of the Game
Houston

J. Keppinger
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Houston

R. Oswalt
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 1
K 6
 

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Houston Astros
Kazuo Matsui, 2B4000113 .232
Miguel Tejada, SS5121023 .326
Lance Berkman, 1B5010023 .269
Carlos Lee, LF4010011 .295
    Michael Bourn, PR-CF0100000 .286
Hunter Pence, RF4111012 .302
Ivan Rodriguez, C4000001 .241
Jason Michaels, CF-LF3211100 .178
Jeff Keppinger, 3B4231000 .268
Roy Oswalt, P3012000 .182
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
Totals36710627  
Batting
2B - Jeff Keppinger 2 (10, R. Johnson, Valdez)
HR - Miguel Tejada (7, R. Johnson), Hunter Pence (11, R. Johnson), Jason Michaels (1, R. Johnson)
SH - Roy Oswalt (7)
RBI - Miguel Tejada (43), Hunter Pence (34), Jason Michaels (6), Jeff Keppinger (12), Roy Oswalt 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Michaels (2), Jeff Keppinger (5), Roy Oswalt 2 (2)
SB - Kazuo Matsui (7, 2nd base off Howry/Molina), Michael Bourn (27, 2nd base off Valdez/Molina)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Matsui-Tejada-Berkman
E - Miguel Tejada (10, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
Roy Oswalt (W,5-4) 8311161 3.81
LaTroy Hawkins 1000000 2.48
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 94-69, LaTroy Hawkins 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 14-4, LaTroy Hawkins 3-0
Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 28, LaTroy Hawkins 3
San Francisco Giants
Aaron Rowand, CF3000010 .299
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
    Merkin Valdez, P0000000 .000
   a- Andres Torres, PH1000011 .267
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Randy Winn, LF-CF4000000 .275
Nate Schierholtz, RF3000111 .312
Bengie Molina, C3000001 .262
    Eli Whiteside, C1000000 .257
Travis Ishikawa, 1B3010000 .259
Edgar Renteria, SS2000010 .267
Rich Aurilia, 3B3111001 .214
Juan Uribe, 2B3010001 .279
Randy Johnson, P1000010 .077
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
   b- Fred Lewis, PH-LF2000011 .246
Totals2913116  
a-struck out for Valdez in the 8th
b-lined out for Miller in the 6th
Batting
HR - Rich Aurilia (2, Oswalt)
SH - Edgar Renteria (4)
RBI - Rich Aurilia (15)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Aurilia-Uribe-Ishikawa
E - Randy Johnson (1, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
Randy Johnson (L,8-6) 3.2543023 4.81
Justin Miller 2.1200000 2.02
Bob Howry 1000110 3.72
Merkin Valdez 1333110 4.15
Brian Wilson 1000030 3.41
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Johnson 59-46, Justin Miller 20-12, Bob Howry 19-12, Merkin Valdez 19-11, Brian Wilson 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Johnson 5-6, Justin Miller 3-3, Bob Howry 2-0, Merkin Valdez 1-0
Batters Faced - Randy Johnson 18, Justin Miller 8, Bob Howry 4, Merkin Valdez 6, Brian Wilson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30157
Game Time - 2:20
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Marvin Hudson