Jose Valverde celebrates after getting the final out vs. the Giants. (Pat Sullivan/AP)
By Gene Duffey / Special to MLB.com
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.
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).