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Morneau Wins HR Derby, But Hamilton Wows

28-homer first round starts off the All-Star break with a blast

(Newser) - Justin Morneau won the Home Run Derby last night, but Josh Hamilton got all the attention—and rightly so, writes the New York Times. The Texas slugger hit a record 28 bombs in the first round alone, and smashed 35 homers total, to Morneau's 22. “I rarely watch myself... More »

Let's Hear It for Baseball's Best Batter

Astros' underrated Berkman racks up unbelievable numbers

(Newser) - The best player in baseball right now is hitting .399 on the season, and .586 over the past 15 games, but he's not getting the recognition he deserves, Richard Justice writes in the Houston Chronicle. In past seasons at least, Lance Berkman has been overshadowed by bigger names, but it's... More »

Astros Rally Past Giants

(Newser) - Lance Berkman splashed his major league-leading 15th home run into McCovey Cove, breaking a ninth-inning tie and helping the Houston Astros rally past the San Francisco Giants 8-7 last night. Houston came back from a 6-0 deficit to take three of four from the Giants, its first series win at... More »

Berkman Stays Hot, Astros Top Giants

(Newser) - For Barry Zito, a no-decision became a positive thing _ a sign of progress. Lance Berkman is too much for any pitcher to handle right now. Hunter Pence hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh, Berkman had a tying two-run homer off Zito and the surging Houston Astros beat... More »

Astros Rally Past Dodgers

(Newser) - Hiroki Kuroda took a no-hitter into the seventh inning for the Los Angeles Dodgers before the Houston Astros broke out for seven hits and six runs in the eighth inning to pull out an 8-5 victory today. Lance Berkman, Carlos Lee and Hunter Pence had RBI singles against reliever Jonathan... More »

Nats Snap Astros Winning Streak

(Newser) - Willie Harris and Rob Mackowiak homered to help the Washington Nationals beat Houston 8-3 last night and end the Astros' five-game winning streak. John Lannan (3-3) allowed seven hits in six innings and the Nationals snapped Houston's eight-game winning streak at Minute Maid Park. The Astros averaged 7.3 runs... More »

Lee's 2-run double leads Astros over Nats 6-5

(Newser) - Carlos Lee had the go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning and Lance Berkman had a career-high five hits to lead the Houston Astros to a 6-5 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Miguel Tejada and Berkman both singled in the eighth before Lee's hit to right field.... More »

Astros Need 12 Innings to Overcome Brewers

(Newser) - Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th to lead the Houston Astros to an 8-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday. Pence's home run to left field scored Lance Berkman and completed Houston's comeback for its third straight win. The Astros trailed by as many... More »

Five Deep Flies Propel Astros to Win

(Newser) - Miguel Tejada, Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee hit consecutive home runs in a four-run sixth inning to propel Houston to a 7-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. Hunter Pence added a pair of home runs for Houston, one in the fifth inning and another in the eighth, and... More »

Schumaker's Single in 9th Lifts Cards

Wainwright picks up win as Astros' 6-game winning streak ends

(Newser) - Skip Schumaker singled to left to score pinch-runner Cesar Izturis in the bottom of the ninth inning today, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 victory that snapped the Houston Astros' six-game winning streak. Schumaker singled off Wesley Wright, who relieved Dave Borkowski (0-1) after Borkowski walked leadoff batter Brian... More »

Lee's Homer Gives Astros 6th Straight Win

Isringhausen victimized for second time in three outings

(Newser) - Carlos Lee's home run capped a three-run rally off Jason Isringhausen in the ninth inning, helping the Houston Astros beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Friday night for their sixth straight victory. Miguel Tejada had an RBI triple and Lance Berkman's sacrifice fly for the second out tied it... More »

Berkman Leads Surging Astros

2-run first inning HR keys 5-3 win over Reds

(Newser) - Lance Berkman hit his 18th homer at Great American Ball Park—the most by any visiting player—and drove in three runs Thursday, leading the Houston Astros to their fifth straight win, 5-3 over the Cincinnati Reds. Berkman had a two-run homer and a run-scoring double off rookie Johnny Cueto... More »

Astros Beat Marlins 5-1; Win Series

Wandy Rodriguez pitches seven to get victory for Houston

(Newser) - Wandy Rodriguez pitched well again at Minute Maid Park, and J.R. Towles and Michael Bourn homered to lead the Houston Astros over the Florida Marlins 5-1 on Sunday. Lance Berkman added an RBI double for the Astros, who've won two in a row for the first time this season.... More »

Backe Pitches Astros Past Marlins

Berkman's 2-run homer backs Houston's first shutout of season

(Newser) - Brandon Backe pitched five strong innings and Lance Berkman hit a two-run homer and scored another run, helping the Houston Astros beat the Florida Marlins 5-0 last night. Backe (1-1) gave up five hits and five walks with two strikeouts in 105 pitches. Florida put runners in scoring positions in... More »

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