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|Houston (28-45) «||3||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||x||7||11||3|
HOUSTON -- Wandy Rodriguez's recent struggles caused him a lot of worry and some trouble sleeping.
"Today was a good game for my head," Rodriguez said. "I felt very good. I think about it when I pitch bad, but today my head is relaxed and I can sleep fine tonight and not think about it."
Houston won its first series over San Francisco this season and the first time the team has taken a set since winning three of four against the Rockies June 8-10.
"It's a good win for us today and a good series win for us," star slugger Lance Berkman said. "We've been looking for something to build on and hopefully this will be that thing."
Rodriguez (4-10) allowed four hits and two runs -- none earned -- in six innings to break a three-game losing streak. It's his first win since June 2 after allowing 17 runs combined in his losing skid. Rodriguez was helped out by double plays in the first, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
"It is sure nice to get Wandy a win and he threw the ball well," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "It was nice to see. He made some adjustments and I thought he worked really good with [rookie catcher] Jason [Castro] behind the plate."
Giants starter Matt Cain (6-6) was knocked around for nine hits and seven runs, both season highs, in a season-low 2 2/3 innings.
"He was up," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He had an off day and made some mistakes ... he had good stuff, he just made mistakes early. He's been throwing the ball as well as anyone in the major leagues with the roll he's been on."
Cain entered the game with a 2.16 ERA that rose to 2.72 after allowing the seven runs.
Aaron Rowand had a ground-rule double and scored on a single by Edgar Renteria that got San Francisco to 7-5 with one out in the ninth inning. Travis Ishikawa singled but Houston closer Matt Lindstrom retired the next two batters, striking out Juan Uribe swinging, for his 17th save.
"It's always nice to get on the board first, and having the 3-0 lead right away I think it gave Wandy a really good opportunity to work and the confidence to make good pitches," Lee said.
Castro, who made his major league debut Tuesday, hit his first home run -- a solo shot to right field -- in the second inning. The crowd rose for a standing ovation and his mother beamed as she snapped photos of him with a digital camera as he rounded the bases.
Bourn drove in a run with a double with two outs in the third inning that chased Cain and made it 7-0.
"I felt I was getting behind into good hitters' counts and they took advantage of it," Cain said. "I had a chance in the first inning to get out of that situation and I made some bad pitches."
Bengie Molina reached on an error by Geoff Blum in the seventh inning before Rowand singled off Chris Sampson. Tim Byrdak replaced Sampson and retired the next two batters before an RBI single by Andres Torres made it 7-3. Huff followed with a run-scoring single off Byrdak. That got Byrdak replaced by Wilton Lopez and Uribe grounded into a force out for the third out.Notes
|After allowing 17 runs over his last three starts, Wandy Rodriguez has a big improvement against the Giants. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|San Francisco Giants|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||5||0||2||1||0||1||4||.346|
|Freddy Sanchez, 2B||3||1||0||0||0||0||2||.309|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Andres Torres, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.287|
|Dan Runzler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sergio Romo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Guillermo Mota, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Travis Ishikawa, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.290|
|Aubrey Huff, RF||3||0||1||1||0||1||2||.305|
|Juan Uribe, 3B-2B||4||0||0||0||1||1||5||.270|
|Pat Burrell, LF||4||1||1||2||0||1||2||.244|
|Buster Posey, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.300|
|Bengie Molina, C||4||1||0||0||0||0||1||.259|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||3||2||3||0||0||0||0||.231|
|Matt Cain, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.111|
|Denny Bautista, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|c- Pablo Sandoval, PH-3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.273|
|a-singled for Affeldt in the 7th|
|b-singled for Mota in the 9th|
|c-grounded out for D. Bautista in the 5th|
|2B - Aaron Rowand (10, Lindstrom)|
|HR - Pat Burrell (6, Rodriguez)|
|RBI - Edgar Renteria (12), Andres Torres (22), Aubrey Huff (39), Pat Burrell 2 (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Andres Torres (9), Aubrey Huff (10), Pat Burrell 2 (17)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Uribe-Posey|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Matt Cain (L,6-6)||2.2||9||7||7||2||2||2||2.72|
|HBP - Michaels (by Sergio Romo)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 67-43, Denny Bautista 30-19, Jeremy Affeldt 31-15, Dan Runzler 5-1, Sergio Romo 24-14, Guillermo Mota 14-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 2-4, Denny Bautista 2-1, Jeremy Affeldt 2-1, Guillermo Mota 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Matt Cain 19, Denny Bautista 5, Jeremy Affeldt 8, Dan Runzler 1, Sergio Romo 5, Guillermo Mota 4|
|Michael Bourn, CF||4||1||2||1||1||0||3||.259|
|Jeff Keppinger, 2B||3||1||1||0||2||1||4||.285|
|Lance Berkman, 1B||4||0||2||2||1||0||3||.244|
|Carlos Lee, LF||4||1||1||0||1||0||3||.228|
|Matt Lindstrom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Hunter Pence, RF||5||1||1||3||0||1||5||.268|
|Geoff Blum, SS||3||0||1||0||1||1||2||.221|
|Oswaldo Navarro, PR-SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.216|
|Jason Castro, C||3||2||2||1||1||1||0||.300|
|Wandy Rodriguez, P||3||1||1||0||0||2||1||.269|
|Chris Sampson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tim Byrdak, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wilton Lopez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jason Michaels, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.230|
|Brandon Lyon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Bourgeois, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a-hit by pitch for Lopez in the 7th|
|2B - Michael Bourn 2 (17, Cain, Cain), Lance Berkman (13, Cain), Carlos Lee (10, Cain)|
|HR - Hunter Pence (11, Cain), Jason Castro (1, Cain)|
|RBI - Michael Bourn (13), Lance Berkman 2 (31), Hunter Pence 3 (34), Jason Castro (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn (8), Hunter Pence 3 (18)|
|SB - Lance Berkman (3, 2nd base off Mota/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Keppinger-Blum-Berkman, Feliz-Keppinger-Berkman, Feliz-Keppinger-Berkman, Blum-Keppinger-Berkman|
|E - Geoff Blum 2 (5, Misplayed grounder), Pedro Feliz (10, Throwing)|
|Wandy Rodriguez (W,4-10)||6||4||2||0||1||3||1||5.64|
|Wilton Lopez (H,5)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.81|
|Brandon Lyon (H,14)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.09|
|Matt Lindstrom (S,17)||1||3||1||1||0||1||0||3.26|
|HBP - Huff (by Wandy Rodriguez), Rowand (by Wandy Rodriguez), Huff (by Wandy Rodriguez)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 101-63, Chris Sampson 8-7, Tim Byrdak 17-10, Wilton Lopez 1-1, Brandon Lyon 13-8, Matt Lindstrom 15-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 8-5, Chris Sampson 1-0, Wilton Lopez 1-0, Brandon Lyon 3-0, Matt Lindstrom 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 24, Chris Sampson 2, Tim Byrdak 4, Wilton Lopez 1, Brandon Lyon 3, Matt Lindstrom 6|
|Attendance - 26662|
|Game Time - 3:16|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Mark Wegner|