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Diamondbacks 4, Astros 3

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PHOENIX -- Augie Ojeda hears it from interim manager Kirk Gibson nearly every day, often several times a game: Augie get ready, Augie get ready.

Even in a smaller role this season, he always is.

A last-second pinch-hit replacement for B.J. Upton, Ojeda hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros on Friday.

"He hasn't played as much as he's used to, but he's as ready as anybody, real professional," Gibson said. "When you put him in situations like that, you just know he's going to come through."

Ojeda got his chance thanks to a hunch by Gibson.

With the game tied 3-all, the Diamondbacks had Ryan Roberts on third with one out after he led off with a double and moved over on Gerardo Parra's groundout. Gibson initially sent Upton out to the on-deck circle to face Wilton Lopez, then pulled back the former All-Star in favor of Ojeda, a career utilityman.

Part of it was that Upton was nursing a sore shoulder, but also because Gibson believed Ojeda could come through.

He was right. Ojeda hit a fly to center off Wilton (5-1) just deep enough to score Roberts from third, giving Arizona its seventh win in eight games.

"It's the hardest thing in baseball when you sit around waiting for your name to be called upon," Ojeda said. "You've got to be ready to pinch hit, pinch bunt, defense, whatever. Whenever you sit on the bench for two to three hours then go into the game, it's real difficult. It looks easy, but it's not."

Daniel Hudson gave Ojeda the chance with six effective innings, Aaron Heilman (5-5) allowed a hit in the eighth and Juan Gutierrez worked the ninth for his seventh save.

Adam LaRoche drove in two runs with a double in the first inning and a single in the fifth to reach 89 RBI, eclipsing Tony Clark's 2005 team record for a first baseman by two.

Houston had been playing well, winning nine of 11, including a three-game sweep that put a dent in St. Louis' playoff chances.

Brett Myers gave the Astros a chance by extending his streak of lasting at least six innings to 28 games and Michael Bourn pushed his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the eighth.

The Astros just couldn't seem to get the break they needed, too many balls hit by the Diamondbacks falling in, too many of theirs falling into Arizona's gloves on great defensive plays.

"The effort was there. It was just the balls were kind of spinning away from them," Houston manager Brad Mills said. "We saw them dive for a ball that went for extra bases. It seemed like it came off everyone's bat. It is going to go to the lines anyway but you couldn't have thrown them out there any better."

Hudson has been sharp since arriving from the White Sox in a July 30 trade, lasting at least seven innings in all six starts for Arizona with 4-1 record and 1.85 ERA.

The rookie right-hander didn't allow a hit against the Astros until Angel Sanchez's leadoff single in the fourth inning, then gave up a run when Hunter Pence followed with another single and Jeff Keppinger made it three straight with a just-through-the-hole RBI hit to left.

The Astros got another run off him in the fifth on Myers' late-swinging double that Parra just missed in right, and a run-scoring single by Sanchez to nearly the same spot.

Hudson was replaced by a pinch hitter in the sixth after allowing two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts.

"I just go out there and try to attack the zone, and they battled through a lot of at-bats and kind of got my pitch count up a little bit," Hudson said.

Myers has lasted at least six innings in all his starts this season, the longest streak in team history and longest in the majors since Arizona's Curt Schilling reached the seventh in 35 straight starts in 2002. He allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings.

Myers' six-or-more streak appeared to be headed to a quick and ugly end against the hot-hitting Diamondbacks. He gave up a single to Stephen Drew in a lengthy opening at-bat, a walk to Chris Young, then a run-scoring double by LaRoche.

After escaping that early shakiness with three weak popouts to end the inning, Myers found trouble again in the fifth, when Young and LaRoche followed Parra's leadoff triple with run-scoring singles that put Arizona up 3-2.

"I couldn't get my curveball over for the most part today," said Myers, who walked three and struck out four. "I had to battle. It is tough when you go out there without any of your best stuff."

Notes

Astros 3B coach Dave Clark turned 48 on Friday, a birthday shared by snowboarder Shaun White and actor Charlie Sheen. ... Upton was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game to give his sore left shoulder another day to heal. He tweaked the shoulder while swinging in the seventh inning against San Diego on Monday.

 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

A. LaRoche
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Houston

A. Sanchez
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF5020021 .259
Angel Sanchez, SS5121001 .267
Hunter Pence, RF4020010 .289
Carlos Lee, LF4000004 .245
Jeff Keppinger, 2B3011100 .284
Chris Johnson, 3B4010013 .327
Brett Wallace, 1B4010034 .209
Humberto Quintero, C3000001 .225
   a- Geoff Blum, PH1000000 .260
Brett Myers, P2110010 .185
   b- Brian Bogusevic, PH1110000 .500
    Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
   c- Jason Michaels, PH1000000 .250
Totals37311218  
a-fouled out for Quintero in the 9th
b-doubled for Myers in the 7th
c-flied out for Byrdak in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brett Myers (1, Hudson), Brian Bogusevic (1, Boyer)
RBI - Angel Sanchez (18), Jeff Keppinger (47)
2-OUT RBI - Angel Sanchez (8)
Team LOB - 8
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Myers 6733340 3.02
Fernando Abad 0.2000100 2.25
Wilton Lopez (L,5-1) 1111000 3.05
Tim Byrdak 0.1000010 3.48
HBP - Church (by Brett Myers)
WP - Wilton Lopez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 108-65, Fernando Abad 13-8, Wilton Lopez 12-8, Tim Byrdak 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 4-10, Wilton Lopez 2-1
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 29, Fernando Abad 3, Wilton Lopez 4, Tim Byrdak 1
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Drew, SS3210211 .274
Chris Young, CF3011103 .269
Adam LaRoche, 1B4022010 .273
Mark Reynolds, 3B3000103 .215
Miguel Montero, C4000015 .277
Brandon Allen, LF3000002 .333
   a- Rusty Ryal, PH0000000 .277
   b- Kelly Johnson, PH-2B1000001 .271
Tony Abreu, 2B3010010 .237
    Ryan Roberts, LF1110000 .214
Gerardo Parra, RF4120001 .255
Daniel Hudson, P1000011 .133
   c- Ryan Church, PH0000000 .192
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   d- Augie Ojeda, PH0001000 .203
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
Totals3048445  
a-announced for Allen in the 7th
b-grounded out for Ryal in the 7th
c-hit by pitch for Hudson in the 6th
d-hit a sacrifice fly for Heilman in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adam LaRoche (30, Myers), Ryan Roberts (2, Lopez)
3B - Gerardo Parra (5, Myers)
SF - Augie Ojeda (2)
SH - Daniel Hudson (3)
RBI - Chris Young (81), Adam LaRoche 2 (89), Augie Ojeda (5)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Drew-LaRoche
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Daniel Hudson 6722160 3.03
Blaine Boyer (BS,2) 1211010 4.17
Aaron Heilman (W,5-5) 1100010 3.61
Juan Gutierrez (S,7) 1100000 5.83
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Hudson 104-78, Blaine Boyer 12-8, Aaron Heilman 16-11, Juan Gutierrez 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Hudson 4-8, Blaine Boyer 1-0, Aaron Heilman 2-0
Batters Faced - Daniel Hudson 26, Blaine Boyer 4, Aaron Heilman 4, Juan Gutierrez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 24748
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Chad Fairchild