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Sampson pitches well again; Biggio hits leadoff homer

Jun 9, 2007 - 5:28 AM CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Rookie Chris Sampson continued his strong pitching as the Houston Astros opened their interleague series with a 5-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday.

Craig Biggio hit a leadoff homer for the Astros, who had lost 16 of their previous 20 games.

"I hope that it gets us on about a 25-game win streak," Houston manager Phil Garner said. "We haven't exactly built up any sort of momentum, so we have got to get going. Hopefully, it is a good thing for us, that is what I would hope. Everybody is in there hoping for the same thing."

With this outing, Sampson (6-5) has pitched six or more innings and allowed three runs or less in each of his last six starts. He leads all National League rookies in wins.

"I didn't feel real good at the start of the game," Sampson said. "The sinker wasn't sinking and the slider wasn't sliding. I was just trying to keep throwing strikes and definitely using our defense to keep us close in the game. The defense really came through for us tonight."

The major league's worst hitting club could not get much off Sampson, who allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings despite not being at his best.

"He was not sharp tonight, but he managed to make good pitches when he needed to make good pitches," Houston manager Phil Garner said. "He got us deep in the ballgame when we needed it. We needed No. 1 to hold them down and No. 2 we needed him to get deep into the ball game."

Trever Miller finished the seventh, Brad Lidge logged the eighth and closer Dan Wheeler worked the ninth for his 11th save in 13 outings.

Biggio opened the scoring with his blast off Chicago starter John Danks, his 2,980th hit of his career, before Tadahito Iguchi evened the count with a first-inning blast of his own.

Chris Burke doubled in a run in the fourth to provide Houston a 2-1 edge, but Chicago's Rob Mackowiak singled in a run in the bottom of the frame.

Run-scoring singles by Luke Scott in the fifth, Adam Everett in the sixth and Mark Loretta in the seventh provided a 5-2 edge.

The 22-year-old Danks (3-6), who had won three of his last five starts and allowed two runs or less in four of those outings, was tagged for four runs - three earned - and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Iguchi finished with two hits for Chicago, which has lost 11 of 13 and four straight.

"I wish I could make another lineup, but I don't have another choice," Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Everybody's hitting .220, from the first guy to the last guy. I know the way they feel. We've tried everything so far and nothing has worked."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    HOUSTON 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 5 9 0
    CHI WHITE SOX 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: HOU - CHRIS SAMPSON, TREVER MILLER (7TH), BRAD LIDGE (8TH), DAN
    WHEELER (9TH) AND ERIC MUNSON
    CHA - JOHN DANKS, NICK MASSET (6TH), DEWON DAY (7TH),
    BOBBY JENKS (9T

    Jun 8 10:59 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK LORETTA SCORED LUKE SCOTT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M LORETTA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 5
    CHI WHITE SOX 2 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M ENSBERG (.228, 0-FOR-3)

    Astros vs. White SoxJun 8 10:14 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADAM EVERETT SCORED MORGAN ENSBERG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A EVERETT ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 4
    CHI WHITE SOX 2 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C BIGGIO (.229, 1-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    Astros vs. White SoxJun 8 9:49 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY LUKE SCOTT SCORED HUNTER PENCE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, L SCOTT ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 3
    CHI WHITE SOX 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C LEE (.311, 1-FOR-2)

    Astros vs. White SoxJun 8 9:29 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ROB MACKOWIAK SCORED A.J. PIERZYNSKI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R MACKOWIAK ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 2
    CHI WHITE SOX 2 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: L TERRERO (.250, 1-FOR-1)

    Astros vs. White SoxJun 8 9:17 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CHRIS BURKE SCORED CARLOS LEE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C BURKE ON SECOND, M ENSBERG ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 2
    CHI WHITE SOX 1 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: E MUNSON (.286, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Astros vs. White SoxJun 8 9:12 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TADAHITO IGUCHI (3) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF CHRIS SAMPSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 1, CHI WHITE SOX 1
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J THOME (.288, 8 HR, 21 RBI)

    Astros vs. White SoxJun 8 8:21 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: HOU - CHRIS SAMPSON
    CHA - JOHN DANKS

    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J OWENS (.200, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    T IGUCHI (.249, 2 HR, 15 RBI)
    J THOME (.288, 8 HR, 21 RBI)

    Astros vs. White SoxJun 8 8:16 PM