Houston Astros Win a Slugfest, Lance Berkman Crosses the Mendoza Line

Richard ZowieCorrespondent IMay 14, 2009

NEW YORK - AUGUST 22:  Lance Berkman #17 of the Houston Astros follows through on a third inning base hit against the New York Mets on August 22, 2008 at Shea Stadium in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Good news and bad news about the Houston Astros' latest game against the Colorado Rockies.

First, the bad news: Astros starter Mike Hampton pitched six innings, giving up seven hits and five earned runs.

Good news: The Astros had an offensive explosion, getting 24 hits (including two in three at bats by Hampton, who also drew a walk) as they defeated the Rockies, 15-11.

Yes, a football score: Houston had two touchdowns, an extra point, and a two-point conversion while the Rockies had a field goal, touchdown, and two-point conversion.

Hampton now has a 2-3 record with a 5.31 ERA and a season batting average of .357.

Lance Berkman went 4-for-4, drawing a walk, and now is hitting .217 on the season.

What's really odd about this game is both teams had six extra-base hits. The Rockies had two homers while Houston had none. But a win's a win, right?