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Schafer exits due to back ailment

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--OF Jordan Schafer left Wednesday's game with lower back tightness after missing Tuesday's with the same condition. He felt it on all of his swings, coming out after a strikeout in the fourth inning, but he hopes to use the Thursday off day to heal. "I don't feel too good right now," Schafer said immediately after the game, "but hopefully coming in Friday, I'll be all right."

--LHP Wandy Rodriguez continued his outstanding season, lowering his ERA to 1.64 with seven innings of one-run ball against the Mets. Rodriguez had a 5-0 lead after three innings and definitely appreciated that. "I tell you what, when I see a score like that, I feel very, very comfortable," Rodriguez said.

--SS Jed Lowrie had a three-hit day following Tuesday's three-walk day, as his on-base percentage continues to soar. Lowrie is now batting .329 with a .427 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage. He has reached base in nine of his last 13 plate appearances.

--1B Carlos Lee downplayed his role in a shouting match with Mets LHP Tim Byrdak, saying he only started yelling because the whole dugout started yelling. Manager Brad Mills attributed the incident to a perceived quick-pitch by Byrdak that the Astros were trying to point out to umpires. "There's going to be a big discussion always about when a pitcher quick-pitches. Always," Mills said. "Nothing was being said to him; it was being said to the umpire, and then Tim took offense to us, saying something to the umpire, and he started yelling. It really didn't become much at all."

--RHP Enerio Del Rosario reported to the Astros clubhouse Wednesday, replacing RHP Rhiner Cruz, who went on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle. Del Rosario will give the Astros someone capable of long relief in a bullpen full of mostly one-inning guys. He went 3 1/3 innings in the longest of his 11 outings for this season for Class AAA Oklahoma City, where he was 0-1 with a 3.14 ERA.

Cruz rolled his ankle while playing catch in the outfield in Milwaukee and tested it Tuesday, only to be deemed a no-go. He is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in seven appearances for the Astros this season.

BY THE NUMBERS
76 -- Wins for LHP Wandy Rodriguez, tying Mike Hampton for second place among Astros lefties. Bob Knepper holds first place with 93 victories.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I didn't see what happened. I saw everybody yelling and I'm like, 'I'm going to yell, too.'" -- 1B Carlos Lee, on his shouting match with Mets LHP Tim Byrdak over an alleged quick-pitch.

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