HOUSTON (AP) - Mark Loretta walked and was hit by a pitch during
a wild sixth inning, and the Houston Astros beat the San Francisco
Giants 6-2 Wednesday night for their season-high seventh straight
The Astros scored six times in the bizarre sixth. San Francisco
tied a major league record by hitting three batters in the inning,
and also issued four walks.
Houston's winning streak is its longest since a nine-game string
in September 2006. The Astros have won 15 of 19 overall.
Randy Wolf (8-10) didn't allow a hit until Fred Lewis' leadoff
single in the fourth. He improved to 2-0 in four starts since the
Astros acquired him from San Diego on July 22.
Barry Zito (6-15) shut out the Astros on two hits through five
innings. But the Giants' 1-0 lead quickly disappeared when Zito and
reliever Billy Sadler lost their control.
In all, the Astros' six runs were driven in by two hit batters,
two walks and two sacrifice flies.
Ty Wigginton hit a leadoff single, Mark Loretta walked and
Miguel Tejada blooped a single to center that loaded the bases.
Lance Berkman drew a walk that tied the score and sacrifice flies
by Geoff Blum and Reggie Abercrombie made it 3-1.
After Zito hit Humberto Quintero with a pitch to reload the
bases, he walked Wolf to force home another run. Sadler took over
and hit the first two batters he faced, Wigginton and Loretta, to
make it 6-1.
It was the 35th time in major league history a team has hit
three batters in one inning, and the first since San Diego was
plunked three times by the New York Mets on June 7.
Randy Winn and Bengie Molina doubled in the sixth for the
Giants' first run. Winn and Ryan Rohlinger each doubled in the
seventh. It was Rohlinger's first major league hit.
Notes: Houston also had three batters hit by a pitch in an inning
on Sept. 13, 1997, against the Dodgers. ... Rohlinger was called up
from Double-A Connecticut earlier in the day. Making his big league
debut, he struck out in his first inning, then made a throwing
error at third base on Wigginton's leadoff grounder in the bottom
half. ... Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum, who left Tuesday's game with
a bone bruise on his right knee after taking a line drive off the
bat of Brad Ausmus, was walking and feeling better. He said he felt
"100 percent" sure he would make his next start Sunday at
Atlanta. Manager Bruce Bochy smiled and said "I'd say probably
99.9 percent." ... With 2B Kazuo Matsui day-to-day because of a
sore back, Wigginton moved into the leadoff spot. It was only
Wigginton's second game in the leadoff role this season.
Wigginton's infield single in the sixth gave him a season-high
10-game hitting streak.