Series: Game 1 of 2

Series starts Tue 4/11

Game 1: Tuesday, April 11
San Francisco
Game 1: Wednesday, April 12
San Francisco
Game 1: Thursday, April 13
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Game 2: Thursday, April 13
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10:15 PM ET, April 11, 2006

AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

Morris looks to make it two in a row as a Giant

Houston (5-2) at San Francisco (4-2) 10:05 pm EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- Matt Morris gave the San Francisco Giants their first taste of success in 2006. On Tuesday, he will attempt to provide them with their first three-game winning streak of the season.

In his second start as a Giant, Morris (1-0, 1.42 ERA) will take the mound in the opener of a three-game set against the Houston Astros.

Signed as a free agent over the winter, Morris took a shutout into the seventh inning and allowed one run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings of a 3-1 win against San Diego on Wednesday.

It was the first win of the season for San Francisco, which has won four of its last five games, including a dramatic 6-5 triumph against Atlanta on Sunday. Lance Niekro hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and Randy Winn flared the winning RBI single into right field four batters later.

The defending National League champion Astros also are coming off a dramatic victory, having posted a 5-4, 12-inning victory over Washington on Monday.

After Houston closer Brad Lidge surrendered a go-ahead homer to Daryle Ward in the top of the 10th inning, Morgan Ensberg tied it with a blast of his own in the bottom of the frame and pinch hitter Eric Bruntlett delivered the deciding run with a sacrifice fly in the 12th.

Taylor Buchholz (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his first start of the season for the Astros, who have won four of their last five games since an 11-2 setback against Florida on April 4. Buchholz pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief on Friday, allowing just one hit.

The Astros posted a 4-3 victory over Morris and St. Louis in Game Three of the 2005 NLCS en route to their first appearance in the World Series. It was Morris' last outing as a Cardinal.

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