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Lowry gets revenge, helps Giants beat Astros

May 22, 2007 - 6:18 AM SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- Noah Lowry was brilliant the last time he faced the Houston Astros and came away empty handed. Bengie Molina made sure he was rewarded for another fine performance.

Lowry threw seven scoreless innings and Molina hit a two-out, two-run bloop single to center that helped the San Francisco Giants post a 4-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday.

Lowry (5-4) lost a 2-1 decision vs. Houston on Wednesday despite allowing just two runs and eight hits in an eight inning complete game. In this one, he allowed just six hits with three strikeouts and three walks and outdueled Chris Sampson (4-4), who earned the victory in the last meeting.

"Couldn't have gone better," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "Lowry's last game was a tough loss, he went the complete game and then comes right back and throws seven shutout innings.

"We were going against a good pitcher that gave us a hard time back in Houston, but we broke through."

The 26-year-old lefthander threw 65 of 99 pitches for strikes and pitched into the seventh inning for the eighth time in nine starts for San Francisco, which moved to .500 with the win.

"I just tried to attack the zone and stay aggressive in the zone," Lowry said.

Brad Hennessey worked a scoreless eighth and Armando Benitez threw a perfect ninth for San Francisco, which won the first of a six-game homestand.

Randy Winn extended his hitting streak to a career-high 20 games with a leadoff double to left in the two-run sixth. It is the longest by a San Francisco player since Robby Thompson's 21-game streak in 1993.

Winn was sacrificed to third by Ryan Klesko and Rich Aurilia was hit by a pitch, bringing Barry Bonds to the plate. The Astros had a meeting at the mound and decided to pitch to him.

Bonds swung at the first pitch and hit a tapper back to Sampson, who threw to first, but the ball hit off Lance Berkman's glove as Bonds reached to load the bases. Berkman and Craig Biggio were both running to cover the bag and bumped into each other.

"That was an easy out and something happened," Sampson said. "I was in the motion to throw and couldn't hold back. I'd have liked to hold it longer until one of them got there. I threw the ball in between them, hoping one of them would get it."

Houston manager Phil Gardner gave his take on the botched play.

"I don't think it's a bad play, I just think it's unfortunate," Garner said. "Guys were hustling trying to make a play and sometimes it doesn't work the way you want it to."

One batter later, Molina was jammed by an 0-1 fastball but fought it off and blooped a two-run single in front of front rookie center fielder Hunter Pence for a 3-0 lead.

"That was huge," Bochy said. "They were looking like they had a shot at getting out of the jam without giving up a run. Bengie came through and any time you can expand a one run lead, that's always good."

Klesko added to the lead with a mammoth solo home run to right - his first since September 26, 2005 - that landed in the San Francisco Bay.

"Zero in spring training, zero this year," Klesko said. "Every time I hit one good I think it's a triple."

Sampson allowed three runs - one earned - and five hits in six innings for Houston, which has dropped four of its last five games.

Pence, who was named National League co-Player of the Week on Monday, went hitless in three at-bats, snapping his season-high eight-game hitting streak.

Bonds, who went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored, has not homered for 11 games. That is the longest stretch since he went 13 games without a homer to start the 2006 season. The lefthanded slugger remains 10 homers shy of tying Hank Aaron's all-time record.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    HOUSTON 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
    SAN FRANCISCO 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 x 4 6 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: HOU - CHRIS SAMPSON, TREVER MILLER (7TH), BRAD LIDGE (8TH) AND BRAD
    AUSMUS
    SFO - NOAH LOWRY, BRAD HENNESSEY (8TH), ARMANDO BENITEZ
    (9TH) AND BENGIE MOLINA

    HOME R

    May 22 12:43 AM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RYAN KLESKO (1) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    8TH OFF TREVER MILLER.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 0, SAN FRANCISCO 4
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: R AURILIA (.245, 0-FOR-2, HBP)

    Astros vs. GiantsMay 22 12:27 AM


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    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BENGIE MOLINA SCORED RICH AURILIA AND BARRY
    BONDS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B MOLINA ON FIRST, R DURHAM ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 0
    SAN FRANCISCO 3 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: F LEWIS (.317, 1-FOR-2)

    Astros vs. GiantsMay 21 11:58 PM


  • NL
    AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY RAY DURHAM SCORED RYAN KLESKO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B BONDS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 0
    SAN FRANCISCO 1 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: B MOLINA (.304, 1-FOR-1)

    Astros vs. GiantsMay 21 11:16 PM