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Ensberg's walk-off single sends Astros to win

Apr 17, 2007 - 5:19 AM HOUSTON (Ticker) -- The Houston Astros used some patience and a little luck to pull out their first win in a one-run game.

Morgan Ensberg hit a walk-off single as the Houston Astros downed the Florida Marlins, 4-3, to win the first of a two-game series.

Tied, 3-3 in the ninth, Marlins reliever Kevin Gregg walked Mark Loretta and Lance Berkman - two of the 10 free passes Florida issued - before yielding a single by Carlos Lee to right to load the bases.

"It was unacceptable to walk those two guys," Gregg said. "That's just not going to get the job done."

With no outs in the ninth, Florida dropped what would have been an out on a foul ball from Ensberg. As Dan Uggla settled under the pop-up, right fielder Joe Borchard bumped into him from behind, knocking the ball loose.

"They were both trying to catch the ball and get the out," Gregg said. "You can't blame them for what happened. They were playing hard. They did their job."

"We've got one out (if it's caught)," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We still have to play the infield in and then we have to face (Luke) Scott and a pinch hitter. We would have liked to have gotten the out, but I don't think it was the ballgame."

Ensberg followed with a single on the next pitch to score Loretta for the victory.

"I was thinking (thank you) for allowing me an additional mulligan after I'd fouled off three pitches already," Ensberg said. "You absolutely want to be in that situation. That's one of the major reasons you play the game. I felt so fortunate I got the second chance and did something positive. It was a fun, fun at-bat and a great moment."

"Ensberg did a good job of fighting off pitches," Gregg said. "I was hoping to get a ground ball that we could do something with, but it just got through."

Houston reliever Chad Qualls (2-1) pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings to secure the win, striking out three.

"I hadn't thrown the ball in awhile," Qualls said. "We've had a few rainouts and some bad weather. It was nice to get out there and be able to throw again."

Gregg (0-1) did not record an out, allowing the winning run with two walks and two hits.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    FLORIDA 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 9 0
    HOUSTON 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 4 8 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: FLA - ANIBAL SANCHEZ, MATT LINDSTROM (6TH), RENYEL PINTO (7TH),
    RANDY MESSENGER (7TH), KEVIN GREGG (9TH) AND MIGUEL OLIVO
    HOU - WANDY RODRIGUEZ, RICK WHITE (7TH), T

    Apr 16 11:25 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MORGAN ENSBERG SCORED MARK LORETTA.
    FINAL SCORE: HOUSTON 4, FLORIDA 3

    Marlins vs. AstrosApr 16 11:24 PM
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  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: R Messenger relieved R Pinto.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 3
    HOUSTON 3 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C Burke (.189, 1-FOR-3)

    Apr 16 10:35 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - PITCHING CHANGE
    FLA: RANDY MESSENGER (0-0, 0.00) IN THE 7TH
    SITUATION: NO RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 3, HOUSTON 3
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C BURKE (.189, 1-FOR-3)

    Apr 16 10:35 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: R Pinto relieved M Lindstrom.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 3
    HOUSTON 3 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M Ensberg (.278, 0-FOR-0)

    Apr 16 10:31 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - PITCHING CHANGE
    FLA: RENYEL PINTO (0-1, 4.50) STARTING THE 7TH
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 3, HOUSTON 3
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M ENSBERG (.278, 0-FOR-0)

    Apr 16 10:31 PM


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    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    FLORIDA 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 8 0
    HOUSTON 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 6 0 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: FLA - MATT LINDSTROM (OUT)
    HOU - RICK WHITE

    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M ENSBERG (.278, 0-FOR-0, 3 BB)
    L SCOTT (.259, 0-FOR-2, BB)
    C BURKE (.189, 1-FOR-3)

    Apr 16 10:30 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAN UGGLA SCORED JOE BORCHARD.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D UGGLA ON FIRST, H RAMIREZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 3
    HOUSTON 3 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: M CABRERA (.381, 0-FOR-3)

    Marlins vs. AstrosApr 16 10:27 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOE BORCHARD SCORED CODY ROSS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J BORCHARD ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 2
    HOUSTON 3 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: M LINDSTROM (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Marlins vs. AstrosApr 16 10:20 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK LORETTA SCORED CHRIS BURKE AND ORLANDO
    PALMEIRO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M LORETTA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 1
    HOUSTON 3 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: L BERKMAN (.206, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Marlins vs. AstrosApr 16 10:09 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MIGUEL OLIVO SCORED CODY ROSS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M OLIVO ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 1
    HOUSTON 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J BORCHARD (.265, 1-FOR-1)

    Apr 16 9:22 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MIGUEL OLIVO SCORED CODY ROSS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M OLIVO ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 1
    HOUSTON 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J BORCHARD (.265, 1-FOR-1)

    Marlins vs. AstrosApr 16 9:22 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    FLORIDA 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    HOUSTON 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: FLA - ANIBAL SANCHEZ
    HOU - WANDY RODRIGUEZ

    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: C ROSS (.250, 0-FOR-1)
    M OLIVO (.216, 0-FOR-1)
    J BORCHARD (.265, 1-FOR-1)

    Apr 16 9:19 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BRAD AUSMUS SCORED MORGAN ENSBERG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, L SCOTT ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 0
    HOUSTON 1 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: W RODRIGUEZ (.000, 0-FOR-1)

    Marlins vs. AstrosApr 16 9:18 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    FLORIDA 0 0 0 1 0
    HOUSTON 0 0 2 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: FLA - ANIBAL SANCHEZ
    HOU - WANDY RODRIGUEZ

    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M ENSBERG (.278, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
    L SCOTT (.280, 1 HR, 6 RBI)
    C BURKE (.176, 0 HR, 2 RB

    Apr 16 8:28 PM