HOUSTON (AP) -- Roy Oswalt didn't need to be at the top of his
game for yet another win at home.
Oswalt (12-7) allowed two runs on nine hits and a walk in 6 1/3
innings, striking out seven. He has a decision in each of his
starts this season.
"I didn't feel real good the whole day," said Oswalt, who
threw 116 pitches. "I didn't have good command of my pitches. I
usually can find one good pitch to use but I couldn't today."
Oswalt is 9-1 with a 2.07 ERA in 10 starts at home this season
and isn't intimidated by Minute Maid Park's short fences in right
and left field.
"I love to pitch here," Oswalt said. "The fans are great and
I enjoy pitching in front of them. I think the biggest thing some
of our pitchers had trouble with in the beginning was they were
coming from the Astrodome where the ball didn't travel as well as
it does here.
"I never pitched in the Dome so I didn't know any better."
Mike Lamb went 2-for-4 for the Astros, who have won six of seven
and 15 of 19 to climb back to .500 for the first time since April
22 when they were 8-8. Houston, which was 15 games under .500 on
May 24, has won 14 of its last 16 at home.
"It's a feel-good thing to get to .500," manager Phil Garner
said. "We have to continue it now. We don't want to look back and
we certainly don't want to go back where we were."
The Dodgers again struggled at the plate as they lost their
third straight and sixth in eight games.
"Like I've said the last few weeks, there's no room for error
with the way our offense has been," Tracy said. "Forty-five of
our 87 games have been decided by two runs or less. We are in the
biggest majority of the games. The thing that's holding us up is
our [lack of] offensive firepower.
"We have no breathing room. When you face guys like we've faced
the last two nights, [Roger] Clemens and Oswalt, you can't expect
four or five opportunities a game. It's not going to happen."
Jayson Werth thought the problem was not the opponent's pitcher.
"Today for me it didn't make a difference who was pitching,"
Werth said. "I wasn't having good at bats or a good approach so it
Biggio's second hit of the game gave him 2,730 for his career
and moved him into a tie with Barry Bonds, who has been injured all
season. Biggio is in his 18th season, all with the Astros.
Jeff Weaver (7-8) went six innings and allowed three runs on
five hits and a walk. He struck out three.
Russ Springer pitched a perfect eighth for Houston and Brad
Lidge worked the ninth for his 19th save in 22 chances.
Orlando Palmeiro hit Weaver's first-pitch of the second inning
for a home run and gave Houston a 1-0 lead. It was Palmeiro's third
homer of the year.
Hee-Seop Choi had a standup triple in the fourth, driving in
Jeff Kent to tie it at 1.
Biggio singled in the sixth and advanced to third on Lance
Berkman's double. He scored on a wild pitch by Weaver for the
go-ahead run. Mike Lamb followed with a double off the right-field
wall for a 3-1 lead.
The Dodgers loaded the bases in the sixth inning to chase
Oswalt. Reliever Chad Qualls threw a wild pitch to let in a run,
but struck out Kent and Werth to end the threat.
Houston purchased the contract of RHP Travis Driscoll from
Triple-A Round Rock Saturday. Driscoll was 5-3 with a 5.01 ERA in
32 appearances at Round Rock. He took the place of Wandy Rodriguez,
who was sent down to Double-A Corpus Christi on Friday to make a
start during the All-Star break. Rodriguez will be recalled July 19
to start against Pittsburgh in a double-header. ... Ricky Ledee
singled as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning in his first at-bat
since going on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring
June 5. He remained in the game and played right field and walked
in the ninth.