Houston Ends Dodgers' Streak, 8-5

Jason CardwellCorrespondent IApril 22, 2009

KISSIMMEE, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  Pitcher Russ Ortiz of the Houston Astros poses during photo day at Astros spring training complex on February 21, 2009 in Kissimmee, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Boy, this was a long one.

Houston: 8
Dodgers: 5

After Ortiz struggled through the first, I thought we were going to be in trouble tonight. However, Ortiz battled and got his first win in nearly two years.

The Astros' bullpen did well, aside from Jeff Fulchino giving up a two-run shot to Manny, who actually didn't stand at the plate.

Carlos Lee hit a monster two-run shot and Houston performed much better with RISP this evening.

Jose Valverde came in with a run lead, and gritted through the inning to get his first save. There was a gutsy performance by Jose.

Good performances up and down the lineup tonight. Hunter Pence was the only Astro not to reach base.

Matsui: 1-2, 2 BB, two RBI, two R, SB
Tejada: 2-5, three RBI, R, K
Berkman: 1-4, RBI, K
Lee: 2-4, two run HR, two RBI, 1 R
Pence: 0-4, K
Michaels: 1-3, two B, BB
Rodriguez: 2-4, three R
Keppinger: 2-3, R, HBP
Ortiz: 0-1, Sac Bunt
Bourn: 0-0, Sac Bunt

Matsui, Tejada, and Lee were the standouts for tonight's offense, but Rodriguez and Keppinger were also major cogs as well.

Pitching Lines:
Russ Ortiz: Five IP, five BB, three hits, three ER, two K
Wesley Wright: one IP, one H, zero ER
Jeff Fulchino: one IP, two H, BB, HR, two ER, BB
LeHawk: one IP, one H, zero ER
Jose Valverde: one IP, one H, one error, BB, two K, first save

Good News: Haven't been able to say this much this season but the offense. Great job getting key hits and driving in runs, giving Ortiz his first win of the season. Carlos Lee hit his second home run in as many games.

Bad News: Seems like Houston has left the bases loaded at least once the last few games. Bullpen was a little rough but better.

Russ Ortiz, W: (1-0)
Jose Valverde, S: (1)

Tomorrow, Houston has its ace on the mound in Roy Oswalt, who will face Randy Wolf. Game time is at 7:05 Central Time.

Great win tonight for Houston, which ended the Dodgers' streak.

Houston (5-9)
L.A. (10-4)