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Late long balls lift Astros
Lamb, Taveras lead Astros
After Mike Lamb hit a pinch-hit homer, Willy Taveras drilled another, powering the Astros over the Diamondbacks. Craig Biggio went deep in the first inning, and Lance Berkman tied the game with a solo shot in the eighth.
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 Berkman hits homer No. 29
Astros 8, Diamondbacks 7
Willy Taveras congratulates Mike Lamb after his home run in the ninth inning. (Will Powers/AP)
Series at a glance:
D-Backs drop opener
Johnny Estrada homered and had three RBIs, but the Diamondbacks fell to the Astros. Orlando Hudson had two RBIs for Arizona, but starter Miguel Batista gave up five runs on six hits and seven walks over 4 2/3 innings.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: August 04, 2006
HOU
Houston (52-57)
Won 1
Houston 8, Arizona 7   ARI
Arizona (55-54)
Lost 2
August 4, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Houston
1 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 2   8 14 0
Arizona
3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1   7 16 1
Standings thru 8/4/06  |  Gameday  |  Astros Stats  |  Diamondbacks Stats
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Taveras, CF6132012.266
Biggio, 2B6111021.269
  Lane, RF0000000.207
Berkman, 1B3221310.321
Huff, RF5030101.276
  Lidge, P0000000.000
  Wheeler, P0000000.000
Ensberg, 3B5110118.240
Scott, LF2000314.352
Everett, SS4011006.242
Ausmus, C2200311.228
Oswalt, P2012003.170
  a-Palmeiro, PH1010000.234
  Qualls, P0000000.000
  Miller, P0000000.000
  b-Lamb, PH1111000.321
  Burke, 2B0000000.275
Totals37814811726 

a-Doubled for Oswalt in the 7th. b-Homered for Miller in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Palmeiro (3, Koplove).
HR: Biggio (14, 1st inning off Batista, 0 on, 1 out), Berkman (29, 8th inning off Lyon, 0 on, 1 out), Lamb (10, 9th inning off Pena, 0 on, 1 out), Taveras (1, 9th inning off Pena, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Taveras 6; Biggio 4; Berkman 5; Huff 3; Ensberg; Everett; Oswalt; Palmeiro 2; Lamb 4.
RBI: Biggio (42), Oswalt 2 (5), Taveras 2 (28), Everett (39), Berkman (94), Lamb (35).
2-out RBI: Oswalt 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Everett 3; Oswalt 2; Scott 2; Taveras; Ensberg.
S: Oswalt.
SF: Everett.
Team LOB: 15.

BASERUNNING
SB: Taveras (17, 2nd base off Koplove/Estrada).
CS: Taveras (6, 2nd base by Batista/Estrada).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Taveras (Gonzalez, L at 2nd base).
DP: (Biggio-Everett-Berkman).

 
ArizonaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Byrnes, CF5000011.286
  Pena, P0000000.000
  b-Quentin, PH1000013.300
Tracy, 3B5140000.276
Gonzalez, L, LF5120004.291
Jackson, 1B4330112.277
Estrada, C5223004.315
Green, RF5011012.291
Hudson, 2B4022100.279
Drew, SS4020102.324
Batista, P2000022.111
  Koplove, P1000001.000
  Vizcaino, P0000000.000
  Lyon, P0000000.000
  a-DaVanon, PH-CF0001200.286
Totals4171675621 

a-Walked for Lyon in the 8th. b-Struck out for Pena in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Tracy 2 (29, Oswalt, Oswalt), Jackson (18, Oswalt), Drew (7, Oswalt).
HR: Estrada (9, 7th inning off Qualls, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Tracy 6; Gonzalez, L 2; Jackson 4; Estrada 5; Green; Hudson 2; Drew 3.
RBI: Estrada 3 (57), Green (47), Hudson 2 (50), DaVanon (35).
2-out RBI: Estrada; Green; Hudson 2; DaVanon.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Drew; Gonzalez, L; Batista 2; Estrada; Quentin 2.
GIDP: Gonzalez, L.
Team LOB: 12.

FIELDING
E: Drew (3, missed catch).
Outfield assists: Byrnes (Ausmus at home).

 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Oswalt 6.012441403.34
Qualls (BS, 4)1.12221014.16
Miller (W, 1-3)0.21000004.01
Lidge (H, 3)0.21112105.76
Wheeler (S, 3)0.10001103.13
 
ArizonaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Batista 4.26557314.87
Koplove 2.03002103.00
Vizcaino 0.10000103.71
Lyon (BS, 5)1.02111014.14
Pena (L, 3-1)1.03221222.31

WP: Batista.
IBB: Scott (by Lyon).
Pitches-strikes: Oswalt 108-70, Qualls 24-13, Miller 7-4, Lidge 26-14, Wheeler 12-7, Batista 100-51, Koplove 40-24, Vizcaino 3-3, Lyon 28-14, Pena 25-17.
Ground outs-fly outs: Oswalt 7-6, Qualls 1-3, Miller 2-0, Lidge 0-1, Wheeler 0-0, Batista 4-6, Koplove 2-2, Vizcaino 0-0, Lyon 2-1, Pena 0-1.
Batters faced: Oswalt 30, Qualls 7, Miller 2, Lidge 5, Wheeler 2, Batista 26, Koplove 10, Vizcaino 1, Lyon 6, Pena 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Miller 1-0, Wheeler 3-1, Koplove 3-0, Vizcaino 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Jerry Crawford. 1B: Brian O'Nora. 2B: Chuck Meriwether. 3B: Phil Cuzzi.
Weather: 78 degrees, roof closed.
Wind: 0 mph, None.
T: 3:45.
Att: 24,498.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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