Blum's 3-Run Double Leads Astros to 6-4 Win
Max Scherzer makes big league debut for D-backs
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2008 12:54 AM CDT
Houston Astros' Kazuo Matsui, top, of Japan, forces out Arizona Diamondbacks' Orlando Hudson as he turns a double play in the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 29, 2008, in Phoenix.    (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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(Newser) – Geoff Blum doubled in three runs and the Houston Astros handed the Arizona Diamondbacks only their third home loss in 13 games his season, 6-4 on Tuesday night. Hard-throwing Max Scherzer, Arizona's 2006 first-round draft pick out of the University of Missouri, made an impressive major league debut, to say the least, in relief of Diamondbacks starter Edgar Gonzalez.

Scherzer retired all 13 batters he faced, seven by strikeout, with a fastball that reached 98 mph on the Chase Field radar gun. It was the most strikeouts ever by an Arizona pitcher in his first big-league game.