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Astros win series
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Astros 3, Rays 2
Brandon Backe struck out five in his first win since May 23. (Steve Nesius/AP)
It took a little while to get started against Scott Kazmir, but the Astros eventually chased him from the game with homers from Hunter Pence in the fifth and Carlos Lee in the sixth. Brandon Backe allowed just two runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings as the Astros won the series.
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Series at a glance:
HOU
Houston (35-41)
Won 1
Houston 3, Tampa Bay 2   TB
Tampa Bay (44-31)
Lost 1
June 22, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Houston
0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0   3 6 0
Tampa Bay
0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   2 6 1
Standings thru 6/22/08  |  Recap: HOU | TB  |  Gameday  |  Astros stats  |  Rays stats
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Bourn, CF5000033.232
Matsui, 2B3020000.271
  Loretta, 2B1010000.264
Tejada, SS2100202.294
Berkman, 1B4000025.354
Lee, DH4112003.276
Pence, RF4111020.273
Wigginton, 3B2000210.262
Abercrombie, LF3000031.222
  a-Blum, PH1000011.232
  Erstad, LF0000000.295
Quintero, C4010001.217
Totals3336341216 

a-Struck out for Abercrombie in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Matsui (13, Kazmir).
HR: Pence (10, 5th inning off Kazmir, 0 on, 0 out), Lee (17, 6th inning off Kazmir, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Matsui 3; Loretta; Lee 4; Pence 4; Quintero.
RBI: Pence (37), Lee 2 (58).
2-out RBI: Lee 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Berkman; Lee; Bourn.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Pence (Navarro at home).
DP: 2 (Matsui-Tejada-Berkman, Tejada-Loretta-Berkman).

 
Tampa BayABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Iwamura, 2B4010001.267
Crawford, LF3010112.279
Aybar, 1B2000202.256
Hinske, RF2100112.258
  a-Ruggiano, PH-CF1000001.290
Longoria, 3B3112110.249
Floyd, DH4010021.257
Navarro, C4010001.323
Gross, CF-RF4010010.234
Bartlett, SS1000100.246
  b-Upton, PH1000010.287
Totals292626710 

a-Grounded into a double play for Hinske in the 8th. b-Struck out for Bartlett in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Navarro (12, Backe).
HR: Longoria (12, 2nd inning off Backe, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Iwamura; Crawford; Longoria 4; Floyd; Navarro 2; Gross.
RBI: Longoria 2 (37).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hinske 2; Crawford 2.
GIDP: Navarro; Ruggiano.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Iwamura (5, 2nd base off Wright/Quintero), Bartlett (16, 3rd base off Wright/Quintero).
CS: Crawford (6, 3rd base by Backe/Quintero).

FIELDING
E: Kazmir (1, pickoff).

 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Backe (W, 5-8)6.26224514.82
Wright (H, 5)0.10001104.97
Sampson (H, 2)0.20001005.46
Brocail (H, 13)0.10000003.35
Valverde (S, 18)1.00000104.00
 
Tampa BayIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kazmir (L, 6-3)5.24332722.03
Balfour 2.01001401.46
Wheeler 1.01001101.83
Miller 0.10000004.12

Wright pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

HBP: Bartlett (by Backe).
Pitches-strikes: Backe 85-48, Wright 12-6, Sampson 6-1, Brocail 2-2, Valverde 10-7, Kazmir 106-73, Balfour 40-26, Wheeler 25-16, Miller 2-2.
Ground outs-fly outs: Backe 5-8, Wright 0-0, Sampson 2-0, Brocail 0-1, Valverde 1-1, Kazmir 3-7, Balfour 1-1, Wheeler 1-1, Miller 0-1.
Batters faced: Backe 28, Wright 2, Sampson 2, Brocail 1, Valverde 3, Kazmir 23, Balfour 8, Wheeler 5, Miller 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Wright 2-0, Sampson 1-0, Brocail 1-0, Wheeler 2-0, Miller 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Mike Reilly. 1B: Bob Davidson. 2B: Alfonso Marquez. 3B: Andy Fletcher.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 3:14.
Att: 19,778.

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