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Lee supports Oswalt as Astros top Marlins

Apr 18, 2007 - 5:53 AM HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Carlos Lee wishes Roy Oswalt could pitch every day.

Lee homered and drove in four runs and Oswalt tossed 6 1/3 strong innings as the Houston Astros posted a 6-1 victory over the Florida Marlins.

Adam Everett had two hits and an RBI for the Astros, who swept a short two-game series.

"I think Carlos and some of our other guys are starting to feel better at the plate," Houston manager Phil Garner said. "In the beginning, Carlos, I think, was trying to do too much. Maybe he was over-swinging a bit."

Oswalt walked a career-high six and yielded six runs and six hits in seven innings last Friday at Philadelphia. However, he was bailed out by Lee's three-homer performance and did not get a decision in the Astros' 9-6 win.

On Tuesday, it was more of the same for Lee, who blasted his fifth homer - and his fourth in support of Oswalt. The slugging outfielder smacked a two-run shot off Marlins reliever Jorge Julio in the fourth inning to give Houston its first lead.

"He'd better take me to dinner," Lee joked. "I call it nothing but a coincidence, and it doesn't really happen very often."

One inning later, Craig Biggio was hit by a pitch and Morgan Ensberg singled, setting up Lee's two-run double to make it 4-1.

"Everybody takes some time to get comfortable," Lee said. "Right now, it seems that we are getting some things together, myself included."

Pitching on three days' rest, Oswalt (3-0) looked fresh, yielding just one run and six hits. He struck out seven and walked three. Four Houston relievers worked the final 2 2/3 frames to secure the victory.

"Everything was better after that first pitch (leadoff homer to Hanley Ramirez); it was a fastball away and he hit it pretty good," Oswalt said. "I don't think I had a number in my mind about how many pitches I wanted to throw, but I know I wanted to work quickly. I just wanted to make those runs stand up."

Marlins starter Sergio Mitre left the game with a torn callous on his right middle finger. He left in the first inning after throwing just 12 pitches. Julio (0-2) allowed six runs - five earned - in one inning to pick up the loss.

"I couldn't tell you how it happened," Mitre said. "It just started stinging sometime in the first couple of pitches I guess. Sometime during Biggio's at-bat, I started feeling it. I didn't realize it was that big."

Mitre was scheduled to pitch against the Washington Nationals on Saturday at home but is listed as day-to-day.

"It's a blister. He ripped the skin off a blister," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We didn't want to make it worse. We've got five days (until the next start). The trainer says let's wait and see how it goes."








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    FLORIDA 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 1
    HOUSTON 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 x 6 10 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: FLA - SERGIO MITRE, KEVIN GREGG (1ST), JORGE JULIO (4TH), RENYEL
    PINTO (5TH), TAYLOR TANKERSLEY (7TH), HENRY OWENS (8TH) AND
    MIGUEL OLIVO
    HOU - ROY OSWALT, CHAD QU

    Apr 17 11:09 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: T Tankersley relieved R Pinto.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 1
    HOUSTON 6 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C Lee (.326, 2-FOR-3, HR, 4 RBI)

    Apr 17 10:24 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - PITCHING CHANGE
    FLA: TAYLOR TANKERSLEY (0-0, 9.00) STARTING THE 7TH
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 1, HOUSTON 6
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C LEE (.326, 2-FOR-3, HR, 4 RBI)

    Apr 17 10:24 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: FLA - RENYEL PINTO (OUT)
    HOU - CHAD QUALLS

    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C LEE (.326, 2-FOR-3, HR, 4 RBI)
    L SCOTT (.226, 0-FOR-3)
    C BURKE (.205, 0-FOR-1, 2 BB)

    Apr 17 10:21 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY BRAD AUSMUS SCORED CARLOS LEE.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, B AUSMUS ON FIRST, C BURKE ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 1
    HOUSTON 6 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: R OSWALT (.125, 0-FOR-2)

    Marlins vs. AstrosApr 17 9:48 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADAM EVERETT SCORED LANCE BERKMAN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, A EVERETT ON FIRST, C BURKE ON SECOND, C LEE
    ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 1
    HOUSTON 5 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: B AUSMUS (.292, 1-FOR-2)

    Marlins vs. AstrosApr 17 9:46 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CARLOS LEE SCORED CRAIG BIGGIO AND MORGAN
    ENSBERG.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C LEE ON SECOND, L BERKMAN ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 1
    HOUSTON 4 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: L SCOTT (.233, 0-FOR-2)

    Marlins vs. AstrosApr 17 9:39 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: FLA - JORGE JULIO
    HOU - ROY OSWALT

    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J JULIO (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    H RAMIREZ (.378, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)
    D UGGLA (.265, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 17 9:23 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CARLOS LEE (5) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF JORGE JULIO SCORED LANCE BERKMAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 1, HOUSTON 2
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: L SCOTT (.241, 0-FOR-1)

    Marlins vs. AstrosApr 17 9:16 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: FLA - KEVIN GREGG
    HOU - ROY OSWALT

    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C LEE (.302, 4 HR, 12 RBI)
    L SCOTT (.250, 1 HR, 6 RBI)
    C BURKE (.211, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Apr 17 8:35 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: FLA - SERGIO MITRE
    HOU - ROY OSWALT

    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C BIGGIO (.240, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
    M ENSBERG (.289, 1 HR, 5 RBI)
    L BERKMAN (.206, 1 HR, 3 RBI)

    Marlins vs. AstrosApr 17 8:12 PM