HOUSTON -- Miguel Tejada's grand slam broke open a close game in the sixth inning and helped the surging Houston Astros beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 on Wednesday night.
Houston has won five straight and 13 of 14 and remains four
games behind Milwaukee in the wild-card chase. The Astros are now
12 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2005
season, when they finished 16 games over .500.
Brian Moehler (11-6) went six innings and allowed two runs on
five hits. Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his league-leading
42nd save in 48 tries.
Denny Bautista (4-3) pitched 1 1-3 innings and gave up five runs
on three hits and two walks to take the loss.
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