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Tampa Bay at Houston

Tampa Bay
W: B. Myers (3-3) L: M. Garza (5-2)
S: M. Lindstrom (10)
HR: TB - None   HOU - None

Myers dominates as lowly Astros snap Rays winning streak

CBSSports.com wire reports

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros don't want to make too much out of one win.

But in a season with so few, this one felt good.

Houston Astros

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Brett Myers didn't allow an earned run in seven innings and the lowly Astros snapped the mighty Tampa Bay Rays' six-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Friday night.

Hours after the last-place Astros (15-27) confirmed that ace pitcher Roy Oswalt had requested a trade, the worst team in the National League beat baseball's top team, handing the Rays just their 12th loss in 42 games.

"They're the best team in baseball, so it's a confidence-booster for us, knowing we can beat anybody as long as we pitch good and get some timely hitting," closer Matt Lindstrom said.

Hunter Pence broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI single in the sixth inning. Myers (3-3) yielded six hits and struck out seven.

"Every win right now is magnified for us," Myers said. "We can't look too far ahead, but we'll enjoy it tonight and try to come back tomorrow and get another one."

Rays starter Matt Garza (5-2) allowed six hits and two runs in eight innings. He struck out six and walked three.

Jeff Keppinger doubled in the sixth inning before Garza walked Lance Berkman on four pitches. Berkman was forced out, but Carlos Lee reached after the one-hop throw to first was late. Pence's line drive single to shallow center sent Keppinger home and gave Houston a 2-1 lead.

"We just continue to play hard and things like that can happen," Pence said. "Every win you want to be a springboard, but really and truly you just have to keep coming every day prepared."

A walk by Tommy Manzella loaded the bases with two outs, but Garza was able to limit the damage in the sixth by retiring Kevin Cash.

Tampa Bay had runners at first and second with one out in the eighth inning after singles by Evan Longoria and John Jaso. Brandon Lyon retired Willy Aybar before striking out Reid Brignac to get out of that inning. Brignac threw his bat and batting helmet down in disgust after the strikeout.

"We looked like we got in at 4 a.m. this morning," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We didn't have the same energy that we normally have. We made some mental mistakes that we normally don't make. With runners in scoring position tonight, we didn't have that normal good at bat."

Lindstrom gave up one hit in a scoreless ninth for his 10th straight save this season and 22nd overall dating back to last season. The streak is the longest current one in the majors.

Carl Crawford scored in the first when Pence couldn't scoop up Ben Zobrist's double in right field for an error that made it 1-0.

Myers had some trouble in the third when he gave up a single before hitting Carlos Pena with a pitch and walking Jaso to load the bases. He got out of jam by striking out Sean Rodriguez for the third out.

Houston evened the score at 1-1 on an RBI single by Keppinger in the third inning.

"That third inning I kind of got out of my game plan," Garza said. "I felt like I was rushing myself, and I was. That's what happens when you don't stay within yourself."

Zobrist got his second double in the fifth inning but was caught stealing third base. Longoria walked before second out on a pop fly by Pena. The Rays came away empty in that inning when Longoria was picked off at first while Jaso was batting.

  • Friday was only Tampa Bay's second trip to Minute Maid Park and the first since 2003.
  • Houston has won six of seven all-time meetings with the Rays.
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In the shadow of Roy Oswalt looking for a trade, Brett Myers comes out and pitches near perfect. (AP)
In the shadow of Roy Oswalt looking for a trade, Brett Myers comes out and pitches near perfect. (AP)

Players of the Game

B. Myers
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 4
K 7
Tampa Bay

M. Garza
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 3
K 6

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Tampa Bay Rays
Jason Bartlett, SS4010113 .248
Carl Crawford, LF5100003 .306
Ben Zobrist, RF5030001 .299
Evan Longoria, 3B3010112 .323
Carlos Pena, 1B3000023 .190
John Jaso, C2010200 .339
Sean Rodriguez, CF3000024 .215
   a- Willy Aybar, PH1000002 .232
    B.J. Upton, CF0000000 .224
Reid Brignac, 2B4030012 .288
Matt Garza, P2000023 .000
   b- Hank Blalock, PH1000000 .250
a-flied out for S. Rodriguez in the 8th
b-grounded out for Garza in the 9th
2B - Ben Zobrist 2 (11, Myers, Myers), Reid Brignac 2 (7, Myers, Myers)
SH - Matt Garza (1)
SB - Carl Crawford (11, 2nd base off Lindstrom/Cash), Ben Zobrist (9, 2nd base off Myers/Cash)
CS - Ben Zobrist (1, 3rd base by Myers/Cash)
PK - Evan Longoria (1, Myers)
Team LOB - 11
Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Garza (L,5-2) 8622360 2.37
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 100-67
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 9-9
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 33
Houston Astros
Michael Bourn, CF4010001 .289
Jeff Keppinger, 2B4121011 .281
Lance Berkman, 1B3000113 .220
Carlos Lee, LF4010011 .199
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Hunter Pence, RF4011011 .250
Pedro Feliz, 3B4000003 .209
Tommy Manzella, SS2000111 .192
Kevin Cash, C3110003 .100
Brett Myers, P1000110 .056
   a- Cory Sullivan, PH1000000 .205
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Jason Michaels, LF0000000 .182
a-grounded out for Myers in the 7th
2B - Jeff Keppinger (12, Garza), Carlos Lee (4, Garza)
RBI - Jeff Keppinger (17), Hunter Pence (17)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Keppinger (14)
SB - Michael Bourn (15, 2nd base off Garza/Jaso)
Team LOB - 7
E - Hunter Pence (2, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
Brett Myers (W,3-3) 7610470 3.25
Brandon Lyon (H,5) 1200020 3.93
Matt Lindstrom (S,10) 1100000 1.40
HBP - Pena (by Brett Myers)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 122-78, Brandon Lyon 22-14, Matt Lindstrom 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 9-3, Matt Lindstrom 2-1
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 30, Brandon Lyon 5, Matt Lindstrom 4
Game Information
Attendance - 27601
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor