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PHOENIX -- Carlos Lee has been an RBI machine for the Houston Astros since the end of July.
He tacked on four more Saturday night.
Lee hit a three-run homer in Houston's four-run eighth inning and also singled in a run in the first, leading the Astros to a 6-5 victory over the
Angel Sanchez tripled and scored on Aaron Heilman's wild pitch to get the Astros within two in the eighth but it looked as if the rally would fizzle when Michael Bourn struck out for the second out.
Jeff Keppinger kept the inning alive with a base hit and moved to third on Hunter Pence's double before Lee drove Heilman's next pitch out to left. The burly slugger's 20th homer put him at 82 RBI for the season, including 34 in his last 34 games.
"That was a good pitch by Heilman, I have to say that. It was down and in and I just got to it," Lee said. "I feel good at the plate, I would say, the last two months."
Mark Melancon (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning to get the win and former Diamondbacks reliever Brandon Lyon worked the ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances this season.
"Our bullpen was absolutely amazing again," Astros manager Brad Mills said.
Heilman (5-6) was charged with four runs and four hits, wasting a strong outing by Joe Saunders.
"I made a couple of good pitches in that inning, made a couple of bad ones," Heilman said. "They kind of all got hit."
Mike Hampton made his Arizona debut in the ninth, getting Bourn to ground out to shortstop for the last out of the inning. The Diamondbacks promoted the veteran left-hander from Triple-A Reno on Friday.
Ryan Roberts hit a three-run drive off Bud Norris in the fifth to give the Diamondbacks a 5-1 lead. The two-out shot to left was his first of the season, coming in his 20th game.
"We had many chances to put these guys away," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "They hung around, and that's what happens in baseball."
Saunders allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings. He also singled in Miguel Montero in the second for his first career hit and added another single in the sixth before swiping second for his first steal. It was Arizona's first theft by a pitcher since Shawn Estes on May 27, 2005.
Adam LaRoche hit a run-scoring single in the first for Arizona, giving him 90 RBI on the season -- matching a career best.
The Diamondbacks had won four straight.
NotesDiamondbacks OF Justin Upton missed his third straight game because of left shoulder irritation. Gibson said he hopes Upton can play Sunday in the series finale. Upton said he still felt some discomfort in his swing, which was how he injured the shoulder during a game on Aug. 30. ... Police said a small group of about 15 to 20 people held signs and chanted outside Chase Field in protest of the state's controversial immigration law. The protest coincided with the team's Hispanic Heritage Day promotion. The club reissued a statement acknowledging that Diamondbacks co-owner Ken Kendrick has donated to Republican political candidates in the past, but Kendrick personally opposes the law. The statement also said the Diamondbacks "have never supported SB 1070" nor ever taken political stances.
|Players of the Game|
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|Michael Bourn, CF||4||1||0||0||1||1||2||.257|
|Jeff Keppinger, 2B||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.289|
|Carlos Lee, 1B||4||1||2||4||0||1||0||.247|
|Brett Wallace, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.209|
|Jason Michaels, LF||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.252|
|Chris Johnson, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.321|
|Tommy Manzella, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.219|
|Mark Melancon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Fernando Abad, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Geoff Blum, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.258|
|Brandon Lyon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Humberto Quintero, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.223|
|b- Jason Castro, PH-C||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.207|
|Bud Norris, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.162|
|Gustavo Chacin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Angel Sanchez, SS||2||1||2||0||0||0||0||.274|
|a-lined out for Abad in the 9th|
|b-flied out for Quintero in the 8th|
|2B - Jeff Keppinger (29, Saunders), Hunter Pence (27, Heilman)|
|3B - Angel Sanchez (3, Heilman)|
|HR - Carlos Lee (20, Heilman)|
|RBI - Hunter Pence (76), Carlos Lee 4 (82)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee 4 (35)|
|SB - Michael Bourn (45, 3rd base off Saunders/Montero)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Mark Melancon (W,2-0)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.95|
|Fernando Abad (H,2)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.08|
|Brandon Lyon (S,12)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.14|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 102-64, Gustavo Chacin 28-18, Mark Melancon 18-7, Fernando Abad 7-5, Brandon Lyon 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 5-4, Gustavo Chacin 1-3, Mark Melancon 1-1, Fernando Abad 1-1, Brandon Lyon 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Bud Norris 25, Gustavo Chacin 6, Mark Melancon 4, Fernando Abad 2, Brandon Lyon 4|
|Stephen Drew, SS||4||1||1||0||1||0||3||.273|
|Chris Young, CF||5||0||1||0||0||1||6||.268|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||5||.271|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||5||0||1||1||0||1||2||.272|
|Mark Reynolds, 3B||4||0||0||0||1||1||3||.213|
|Miguel Montero, C||3||2||1||0||1||0||1||.278|
|Ryan Roberts, LF||3||1||1||3||1||2||2||.226|
|Gerardo Parra, RF||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.259|
|Joe Saunders, P||3||0||2||1||0||0||1||.133|
|Aaron Heilman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Esmerling Vasquez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Brandon Allen, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|b- Rusty Ryal, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.275|
|Leo Rosales, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Hampton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-announced for Vasquez in the 8th|
|b-hit into fielder's choice for Allen in the 8th|
|2B - Stephen Drew (29, Norris), Kelly Johnson (35, Norris)|
|3B - Gerardo Parra (6, Norris)|
|HR - Ryan Roberts (1, Norris)|
|SH - Kelly Johnson (2)|
|RBI - Adam LaRoche (90), Ryan Roberts 3 (6), Joe Saunders (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam LaRoche (38), Ryan Roberts 3 (5)|
|SB - Joe Saunders (1, 2nd base off Chacin/Quintero)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Johnson-LaRoche|
|Aaron Heilman (BS,7; L,5-6)||0.2||4||4||4||0||1||1||4.14|
|WP - Joe Saunders (6), Aaron Heilman (7)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 92-55, Aaron Heilman 23-15, Esmerling Vasquez 6-5, Leo Rosales 19-10, Mike Hampton 7-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 7-9, Mike Hampton 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 25, Aaron Heilman 6, Esmerling Vasquez 1, Leo Rosales 4, Mike Hampton 1|
|Attendance - 31605|
|Game Time - 3:09|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Eric Cooper|