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Berkman, Tejada both homer as Astros rout Padres

Apr 22, 2008 - 4:00 AM By Jeremy Rakes PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- The Houston Astros provided ace Roy Oswalt with all the offense he needed in the first inning.

Lance Berkman and Miguel Tejada both drove in runs during an impressive five-run first inning as the Astros posted a 10-3 victory over the San Diego Padres in Monday's two-game series opener.

Oswalt (2-3) gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings for his second straight win. The hard-throwing righthander fanned six batters while walking just two en route to his eighth career victory against the Padres in 13 tries.

"I feel a lot better. I feel like I'm closer," Oswalt said. "After the Phillies game (on Wednesday), I feel like I have command of my breaking pitches. I throw one pitch that is difficult, and now, I can throw more than one pitch."

After Oswalt threw six pitches in the opening frames, Houston's offense exploded on San Diego starter Justin Germano during the bottom half.

Michael Bourn drew a leadoff walk, stole second before reaching third on a Kaz Matsui's bunt single. Tejada then plated Bourn with an RBI single up the middle and Berkman belted a monstrous three-run homer to the right-center field for a 4-0.

"I got the walk on four pitches, and that was great," said Bourn, who has 13 stolen bases. "The people behind me - Tejada, Berkman and (Carlos) Lee - came to hit. We all just clicked."

Hunter Pence capped the inning with an RBI double down the right field line off Germano (0-2), who barely escaped the frame when Bourn flew out with runners on third and second.

"(Germano) starts the game off with four balls, and that's not Justin-like," Padres manager Bud Black said. "After the first inning, there were a few glimpses that he might get it together, but when you give up five in the first against a guy like Oswalt, it's going to make it hard."

Tejada delivered his third blast of the season with a two-run shot in the second, extending the Astros lead to 7-1.

Houston added three more runs in the fourth as Lee had an RBI, Tejada scored on a wild pitch and Berkman came around on a sacrifice fly by Geoff Blum to make it 10-2.

"This is the kind of stuff I expected," Houston manager Cecil Cooper said. "It was certainly the kind of offense I expected. We got our table-setters on and created havoc on the basepaths and got big hits."

Germano was pounded for 10 runs on 10 hits in just 3 1/3 innings as he ERA raised from 1.35 to 5.01.

"I didn't have a real good feel for any of my pitches from pitch one," Germano said. "To lead off the game, I was missing off the plate, but to those righties, I was missing over the plate. That's where the majority of the damage came from."

"I think we can just hopefully chalk this up to a bad night," Black said. "(Germano) just didn't make his pitches."

Jim Edmonds homered in the second and Adrian Gonzalez also went deep in the sixth for the Padres, who have dropped five of their past six outings overall.

"We had some good rips at him, but nothing fell for us," Black said. "(Khalil) Greene hit a ball for us that went down the left field line out of play. Gonzo and Edmonds hit two home runs, but (Oswalt) was pitching with a big lead and throwing strikes. We battled, but it was just too big of a hill to close the gap."








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SAN DIEGO 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 8 0
    HOUSTON 5 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 x 10 13 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: SDG - JUSTIN GERMANO, WILFREDO LEDEZMA (4TH), KEVIN CAMERON (8TH)
    AND JOSH BARD
    HOU - ROY OSWALT, TIM BYRDAK (8TH), OSCAR VILLARREAL
    (9TH) AND BRAD AUSMUS

    HOME R

    Apr 21 10:33 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ADRIAN GONZALEZ (3) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF ROY OSWALT.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 3, HOUSTON 10
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: K KOUZMANOFF (.286, 0-FOR-2)

    Padres 3, Astros 10  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 21 9:44 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY GEOFF BLUM SCORED LANCE BERKMAN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, C LEE ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    HOUSTON 10 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: H PENCE (.235, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Padres 2, Astros 10  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 21 9:25 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY WILFREDO LEDEZMA ALLOWED MIGUEL TEJADA TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C LEE ON FIRST, L BERKMAN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    HOUSTON 9 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: G BLUM (.222, 1-FOR-2)

    Padres 2, Astros 9  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 21 9:25 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS LEE SCORED MICHAEL BOURN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C LEE ON FIRST, L BERKMAN ON SECOND, M
    TEJADA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    HOUSTON 8 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: G BLUM (.222, 1-FOR-2)

    Padres 2, Astros 8  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 21 9:19 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ADRIAN GONZALEZ SCORED BRIAN GILES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    HOUSTON 7 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: K KOUZMANOFF (.289, 0-FOR-1)

    Padres 2, Astros 7  Top 3, 0 OutsApr 21 8:53 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MIGUEL TEJADA (4) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF JUSTIN GERMANO SCORED KAZ MATSUI.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 1, HOUSTON 7
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: L BERKMAN (.290, 1-FOR-1, HR, 3 RBI)

    Padres 1, Astros 7  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 21 8:41 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JIM EDMONDS (1) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF ROY OSWALT.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 1, HOUSTON 5
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: K GREENE (.250, 0 HR, 7 RBI)

    Padres 1, Astros 5  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 21 8:29 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY HUNTER PENCE SCORED CARLOS LEE.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, H PENCE ON SECOND, G BLUM ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 0
    HOUSTON 5 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: B AUSMUS (.118, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

    Padres 0, Astros 5  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 21 8:20 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY LANCE BERKMAN (5) TO RIGHT CENTER
    WITH 0 OUT IN THE 1ST OFF JUSTIN GERMANO SCORED KAZ MATSUI AND MIGUEL
    TEJADA.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 0, HOUSTON 4
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C LEE (.267, 4 HR, 8 RBI)

    Padres 0, Astros 4  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 21 8:15 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIGUEL TEJADA SCORED MICHAEL BOURN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M TEJADA ON FIRST, K MATSUI ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 0
    HOUSTON 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: L BERKMAN (.279, 4 HR, 11 RBI)

    Padres 0, Astros 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 21 8:14 PM