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Houston holds on
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Astros 4, Giants 3
Jose Valverde celebrates after getting the final out vs. the Giants. (Pat Sullivan/AP)
After Geoff Blum and Kazuo Matsui rewarded a solid outing from Mike Hampton by homering to give the Astros the lead, Carlos Lee singled home an insurance run in the eighth. That proved valuable when Jose Valverde gave up a run before locking down his 13th save.
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Series at a glance:
SF
San Francisco (58-48)
Lost 1
Houston 4, San Francisco 3   HOU
Houston (53-53)
Won 2
August 3, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
San Francisco
1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1   3 11 1
Houston
0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 X   4 8 1
Standings thru 8/3/09  |  Recap: SF | HOU  |  Gameday  |  Giants stats  |  Astros stats
San Francisco AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Velez, LF 5 1 2 0 0 1 3 .309
Sanchez, F, 2B 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 .297
Sandoval, 3B 5 1 3 1 0 0 0 .327
Molina, B, C 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 .258
Garko, 1B 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 .280
  1-Lewis, F, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .256
  Bowker, 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .156
Rowand, CF 4 0 0 0 0 2 6 .277
Renteria, SS 4 0 2 0 0 1 3 .256
Winn, RF 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .265
Cain, M, P 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 .190
  a-Ishikawa, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .273
Totals 35 3 11 3 2 8 19  

a-Struck out for Cain, M in the 9th.
1-Ran for Garko in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Renteria (16, Hampton), Sandoval (31, Valverde).
TB: Velez 2; Sandoval 4; Garko 2; Sanchez, F; Molina, B; Renteria 3.
RBI: Garko (40), Molina, B (53), Sandoval (64).
2-out RBI: Garko; Sandoval.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rowand; Renteria; Velez 2; Winn; Molina, B.
SAC: Cain, M.
SF: Molina, B.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
E: Renteria (10, fielding).
DP: (Sanchez, F-Renteria-Garko).

 
Houston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Bourn, CF 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 .288
Matsui, K, 2B 4 1 1 2 0 1 2 .254
Pence, RF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .292
Lee, Ca, LF 4 0 3 1 0 0 1 .311
  Valverde, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Tejada, M, SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .324
Blum, 1B 3 1 1 1 0 1 1 .265
Rodriguez, I, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .248
Keppinger, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .264
Hampton, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .286
  Sampson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Kata, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .209
  Arias, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Michaels, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .195
Totals 32 4 8 4 0 5 8  

a-Grounded out for Sampson in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Lee, Ca (20, Cain, M).
3B: Bourn (9, Cain, M), Pence (5, Cain, M).
HR: Blum (6, 5th inning off Cain, M, 0 on, 0 out), Matsui, K (5, 6th inning off Cain, M, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Blum 4; Lee, Ca 4; Bourn 4; Pence 3; Matsui, K 4.
RBI: Blum (35), Matsui, K 2 (27), Lee, Ca (65).
2-out RBI: Lee, Ca.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lee, Ca; Blum.
GIDP: Tejada, M.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
SB: Bourn (38, 2nd base off Cain, M/Molina, B).

FIELDING
E: Hampton (2, throw).
Outfield assists: Pence (Renteria at home).

 
San Francisco IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Cain, M (L, 12-3) 8.0 8 4 4 0 5 2 2.25
 
Houston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hampton (W, 7-8) 6.0 8 2 1 2 6 0 5.14
Sampson (H, 15) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.66
Arias (H, 9) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.27
Valverde (S, 13) 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 2.90

IBB: Winn (by Hampton).
HBP: Garko (by Hampton).
Pitches-strikes: Cain, M 115-82, Hampton 103-65, Sampson 8-5, Arias 17-11, Valverde 17-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Cain, M 12-4, Hampton 8-1, Sampson 2-0, Arias 3-0, Valverde 1-1.
Batters faced: Cain, M 32, Hampton 28, Sampson 3, Arias 4, Valverde 5.
Umpires: HP: Eric Cooper. 1B: Mike Reilly. 2B: Chuck Meriwether. 3B: Laz Diaz.
Weather: 73 degrees, roof closed.
Wind: 0 mph, None.
T: 2:34.
Att: 29,835.
Venue: Minute Maid Park.
August 3, 2009
August 3, 2009

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