San Francisco at Houston

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San Francisco (59-48) «1120120108160
Houston (53-54)000000001160

Giants 8, Astros 1

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HOUSTON -- Jonathan Sanchez earned his first road victory of 2009 almost a month after throwing his first no-hitter.

The 26-year-old left-hander snapped a nine-game road losing streak on Tuesday night, striking out eight in seven shutout innings of the San Francisco Giants' 8-1 victory over the Houston Astros.

Sanchez (5-9), who pitched a no-hitter against San Diego on July 10, held Houston to four hits, all singles. He came in 0-8 with a 6.33 ERA in nine road starts this season and hadn't won away from home since Sept. 12, 2008, in San Diego.

"I had pretty good pitches," Sanchez said. "I missed a couple and they got hit. But I had everything today. I was hitting my spots."

Freddy Sanchez and Pablo Sandoval hit back-to-back homers in the sixth off reliever Wesley Wright and Aaron Rowand drove in three runs, helping the Giants win for the ninth time in 13 games.

San Francisco's 16 hits were one shy of a season high and their eight runs was its highest total since Sanchez's no-hitter, an 8-0 victory. The Giants think the offense will produce like this more often with the additions of Freddy Sanchez and Ryan Garko in the last week.

"The team we've got now, it's going to help us score runs," said Bengie Molina, who drove in two runs. "I think we're going to be fine."

Houston starter Felipe Paulino (2-6), recalled from the minors late Monday, gave up five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. He was hit hard by the Giants for the second time in a month as Paulino allowed eight runs and nine hits on July 3 in the Giants' 13-0 win.

"I fought with my command, mostly with my fastball," Paulino said. "It's moving, but it was staying down the middle, down the middle, and they made the adjustments and hit it."

Sandoval walked with two outs in the first inning and scored on Molina's double. Eugenio Velez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single in the second to make it 2-0.

San Francisco loaded the bases with one out in the third and Rowand drove in two runs with a single down the first-base line.

Hunter Pence led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to left, Houston's first hit. Sanchez struck out Carlos Lee and Molina threw out Pence trying to steal for a double play, and Sanchez struck out Miguel Tejada.

Sanchez felt like he pitched almost as well as he did in the no-hitter.

"I'm trying to win games," he said. "I want to help this team get to the playoffs and that's what we're doing now, playing like we want to go there."

Paulino walked Randy Winn with one out in the fifth and Doug Brocail relieved. Rowand doubled down the left-field line and Winn scored for a 5-0 lead.

Wright replaced Brocail for the sixth and Freddy Sanchez drove the first pitch off the facade in left, his seventh homer of the season and first since joining the Giants in a July 29 trade with Pittsburgh. Two pitches later, Sandoval homered to left, his team-leading 17th.

San Francisco had homers in consecutive at-bats for the second time this season. Travis Ishikawa and Juan Uribe hit back-to-back homers against San Diego on July 9.

Molina added an RBI single in the eighth off Wright for an 8-0 lead. Keppinger singled and pinch-hitter Geoff Blum walked in the bottom half and Justin Miller replaced Sanchez.

Waldis Joaquin took the mound for his major-league debut for the Giants in the ninth. Lee doubled, advanced on Tejada's single and scored on Chris Coste's groundout for Houston's only run.

Notes

Astros RHP Roy Oswalt met Tuesday with a back specialist, who examined the irritated disk that forced him out of a start last week. General manager Ed Wade said Oswalt got a favorable report and will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday. The Astros will then determine whether Oswalt can make his next scheduled start this weekend. ... Astros manager Cecil Cooper isn't expecting slugger Lance Berkman to return from a strained left calf on Friday, when he's due to come off the DL. "By Friday, I'm not optimistic that he'd be ready to play," Cooper said. ... Giants RHP Joe Martinez will start Wednesday's series finale. Martinez (1-0, 6.75 ERA) has been on the DL since he was struck in the head by a line drive hit by Milwaukee's Mike Cameron on April 9.

 
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Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Molina
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
San Francisco

J. Sanchez
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 3
K 8
 

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San Francisco Giants
Eugenio Velez, LF6131013 .324
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4111103 .296
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3221110 .330
    Juan Uribe, 3B1000001 .279
Bengie Molina, C5132002 .263
Ryan Garko, 1B4110011 .280
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
    Waldis Joaquin, P0000000 .000
Randy Winn, RF4220102 .268
Aaron Rowand, CF5023000 .279
Edgar Renteria, SS4010112 .256
Jonathan Sanchez, P3010011 .038
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B1000011 .272
Totals40816846  
Batting
2B - Eugenio Velez (4, Wright), Bengie Molina (20, Paulino), Aaron Rowand (27, Brocail)
HR - Freddy Sanchez (7, Wright), Pablo Sandoval (17, Wright)
SH - Jonathan Sanchez (4)
RBI - Eugenio Velez (8), Freddy Sanchez (37), Pablo Sandoval (65), Bengie Molina 2 (55), Aaron Rowand 3 (45)
2-OUT RBI - Eugenio Velez (4), Bengie Molina 2 (14)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Molina-F. Sanchez, Renteria-F. Sanchez-Garko
San Francisco Giants
Jonathan Sanchez (W,5-9) 7400380 4.49
Justin Miller 1000010 2.06
Waldis Joaquin 1211010 9.00
IBB - Lee by Jonathan Sanchez
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 102-62, Justin Miller 14-8, Waldis Joaquin 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 5-6, Waldis Joaquin 2-0
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 26, Justin Miller 3, Waldis Joaquin 5
Houston Astros
Michael Bourn, CF2000110 .286
    Jason Michaels, CF1000012 .193
Kazuo Matsui, 2B4010013 .253
Hunter Pence, RF4010002 .292
Carlos Lee, LF3110110 .312
Miguel Tejada, SS4010012 .323
Chris Coste, 1B-C4001020 .235
Jeff Keppinger, 3B4020011 .268
Humberto Quintero, C2000011 .242
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .500
   a- Geoff Blum, PH0000100 .265
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
Felipe Paulino, P1000010 .067
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .000
    Matt Kata, 1B2000002 .200
Totals31161310  
a-walked for Wright in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Lee (21, Joaquin)
RBI - Chris Coste (14)
SB - Michael Bourn (39, 2nd base off Sanchez/Molina)
CS - Hunter Pence (8, 2nd base by Sanchez/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Tejada-Matsui-Coste, Keppinger-Matsui-Kata
Houston Astros
Felipe Paulino (L,2-6) 4.1955220 7.28
Doug Brocail 0.2200010 5.40
Wesley Wright 3533112 6.11
Tim Byrdak 1000120 3.38
HBP - Garko (by Felipe Paulino)
Pitches-Strikes - Felipe Paulino 89-53, Doug Brocail 12-7, Wesley Wright 46-32, Tim Byrdak 19-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felipe Paulino 6-4, Doug Brocail 1-0, Wesley Wright 6-1
Batters Faced - Felipe Paulino 24, Doug Brocail 4, Wesley Wright 14, Tim Byrdak 4
Game Information
Attendance - 29747
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Eric Cooper