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Astros get relief
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Astros 6, Diamondbacks 4
Kazuo Matsui throws to first to complete a double play in the sixth. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
Geoff Blum hit a three-run double as part of a four-run third inning to lead the offense. The Astros also got 4 1/3 innings of one-run relief from four pitchers, as starter Jack Cassel was lifted one out shy of earning the win. Miguel Tejada had two hits, an RBI and scored twice.
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Series at a glance:
HOU
Houston (13-15)
Won 1
Houston 6, Arizona 4   ARI
Arizona (19-8)
Lost 1
April 29, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Houston
2 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0   6 9 0
Arizona
2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0   4 7 0
Standings thru 4/29/08  |  Recap: HOU | ARI  |  Gameday  |  Astros stats  |  Diamondbacks stats
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matsui, 2B4010101.255
Bourn, CF4110020.200
Tejada, SS4221010.343
Berkman, 1B4100022.299
Lee, LF3111100.262
  Pence, RF0000000.242
Blum, 3B4113001.208
Cruz, RF-LF4000021.074
Towles, C4011020.197
Cassel, P2010011.500
  Byrdak, P1000000.500
  Villarreal, P0000000.000
  Brocail, P0000000.000
  a-Erstad, PH1010000.302
  Valverde, P0000000.000
Totals356962106 

a-Singled for Brocail in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Tejada (9, Gonzalez), Matsui (2, Gonzalez), Blum (3, Gonzalez), Towles (3, Gonzalez).
TB: Matsui 2; Bourn; Tejada 3; Lee; Blum 2; Towles 2; Cassel; Erstad.
RBI: Tejada (22), Lee (13), Blum 3 (12), Towles (10).
2-out RBI: Lee; Towles.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cassel.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
CS: Matsui (1, 2nd base by Gonzalez/Snyder).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Matsui-Tejada-Berkman, Blum-Matsui-Berkman).

 
ArizonaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Young, CF3000102.219
Drew, SS4000004.259
Hudson, 2B3220100.271
Jackson, 1B4113011.341
Reynolds, 3B4000020.245
Upton, RF4120010.330
Salazar, LF3010111.308
Snyder, C2000122.210
  b-Burke, PH1000011.139
Gonzalez, P0000000.167
  Scherzer, P2000001.000
  a-Montero, PH1011000.333
  Slaten, P0000000.000
  Medders, P0000000.000
  c-Byrnes, PH1000011.270
Totals324744913 

a-Singled for Scherzer in the 7th. b-Struck out for Snyder in the 9th. c-Struck out for Medders in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Salazar (1, Valverde).
3B: Hudson (3, Cassel).
HR: Jackson (4, 1st inning off Cassel, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Hudson 4; Jackson 4; Upton 2; Salazar 2; Montero.
RBI: Jackson 3 (24), Montero (1).
2-out RBI: Jackson 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Drew 2; Byrnes.
GIDP: Salazar; Jackson.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Salazar (Cassel at home).

 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cassel 4.24332215.59
Byrdak 0.10001000.00
Villarreal (H, 1)1.11111205.19
Brocail (W, 1-0)1.21000203.07
Valverde (S, 5)1.01000306.92
 
ArizonaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gonzalez (L, 1-2)2.28662206.55
Scherzer 4.10000700.00
Slaten 1.00000003.24
Medders 1.01000102.84

Byrdak pitched to 1 batter in the 6th.

Pitches-strikes: Cassel 70-41, Byrdak 11-6, Villarreal 24-14, Brocail 15-12, Valverde 14-12, Gonzalez 72-45, Scherzer 47-35, Slaten 14-10, Medders 15-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Cassel 8-4, Byrdak 0-1, Villarreal 2-0, Brocail 0-3, Valverde 0-0, Gonzalez 3-1, Scherzer 3-3, Slaten 1-2, Medders 1-1.
Batters faced: Cassel 19, Byrdak 2, Villarreal 5, Brocail 6, Valverde 4, Gonzalez 17, Scherzer 13, Slaten 3, Medders 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Byrdak 2-0, Villarreal 1-0, Brocail 2-1, Scherzer 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Laz Diaz. 1B: Wally Bell. 2B: Mike Winters. 3B: Paul Schrieber.
Weather: 96 degrees, clear.
Wind: 15 mph, R to L.
T: 3:00.
Att: 20,241.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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