Series: Game 1 of 3

Houston leads 1-0 (as of 6/25)

Game 1: Tuesday, June 25
Arizona 3Final
Houston 7
Game 2: Wednesday, June 26
Arizona 9Final
Houston 1
Game 3: Thursday, June 27
Arizona 4Final
Houston 7

Diamondbacks 3

(45-30, 20-16 away)

Astros 7

(33-42, 21-17 home)

    8:05 PM ET, June 25, 2002

    Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas 

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    W: B. Wagner (2-1)

    L: M. Myers (3-3)

    Astros rally with longballs off D-Backs' bullpen

    HOUSTON (AP) -- Daryle Ward hadn't been hitting many home runs lately and the Houston Astros hadn't won much.

    Geoff Blum

    Jeff Bagwell

    That changed Tuesday night as Ward hit his first homer in 216 at-bats, and Jeff Bagwell and Geoff Blum each hit two-run homers in the eighth inning as the Astros beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-3.

    ''You know what's expected of you and you want to perform,'' Ward said. ''You're supposed to be a power hitter and you're not hitting home runs. Here I have a chance to play every day. It wears on you.''

    Bagwell hit his 12th homer over the left-field wall off Byung-Hyun Kim for a 5-3 lead. Blum connected later in the eighth.

    ''After the first home run, I kept thinking about it, I was mad at myself,'' Kim said. ''It affected my remaining pitches. I knew their hitters were good, but I just kept thinking about the home run and not about their hitters.''

    Bagwell's homer sailed near a spot on the left-field wall where the Astros hung a plaque with the letters ''DK'' in honor of former teammate Darryl Kile, who died in his sleep over the weekend.

    ''I'm happy that it will be there for the rest of my days in Houston,'' said Bagwell, one of Kile's best friends on the Astros. ''I don't need it to remind me of Darryl, but it's nice to be able to look up and see it.''

    Mike Myers (3-3) faced one batter, walking Lance Berkman, and took the loss.

    Ward and Gregg Zaun each homered in the second inning for the Astros.

    Trailing 3-2 in the eighth, the Diamondbacks loaded the bases off Octavio Dotel when Craig Counsell walked, Luis Gonzalez singled and Erubiel Durazo was hit by a pitch.

    Billy Wagner (2-1) relieved and got pinch-hitter Jose Guillen to ground into a double play as Counsell scored the tying run.

    The victory was only Houston's third in eight games.

    ''I didn't expect to have to come in in the eighth,'' Wagner said. ''But we did what we were supposed to do and came through with a big win. This has got to give us a lot of confidence. Bagwell hitting the home runs and Daryle and Zaun, guys were stepping up and getting the hits and we got good pitching.

    ''In an ideal world, it would be like this every night,'' he said.

    Arizona starter Curt Schilling pitched seven innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs. He struck out 10.

    ''I made two mistakes, two splitters,'' Schilling said. ''I left them way up in the zone. It's a loss. I'm not out there to keep my team in the game. I'm out there to win games.''

    Ward led off the second with his first homer since April 7. After Ward's homer, Richard Hidalgo singled and scored on Zaun's first homer of the season for a 3-0 lead.

    Damian Miller hit his ninth homer in the fourth off Tim Redding for the Diamondbacks' first run.

    In the fifth, Redding walked Schilling, who scored on a triple just off the glove of Berkman in center field, cutting Houston's lead to 3-2.

    Redding left after the fifth inning with a strained right rib cage and was listed as day to day.

    Game notes

    The Diamondbacks placed RHP Mike Morgan on the 15-day disabled list with a bone bruise on his left knee. He was replaced on the roster by RHP Todd Stottlemyre. ... Miller has thrown out five straight runners trying to steal. ... Craig Biggio, one of the late Darryl Kile's closest Astros friends, held a service at his home Monday night with Kile's closest friends from the Astros and Diamondbacks attending. ... Biggio, Bagwell, Brad Ausmus and Shane Reynolds will attend funeral services for Kile on Wednesday in St. Louis and return in time for the night game. Owner Drayton McLane and general manager Gerry Hunsicker will accompany the players.

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