Why They Won
Roy's seven innings were key, and - hey, Roy won consecutive decisions for the first time since September 21/25, 2008 (@Pittsburgh, v. Cincinnati). That, combined with two-out RBI from Keppinger and Feliz, and 4x7 w/RISP adds up to a win. And that is six wins in their last eight games.
The Pirates were the victims of some seemingly bad luck, hitting into 14 flyball outs - six of them flyballs to the outfield. Since Lyon's blowup against the Cubs (where he almost blew Oswalt's April 17 win), Brandon Lyon has thrown three perfect appearances - and needed just 27 pitches to get nine outs. Lindstrom now has five saves, saving five of the six Astros' wins.
Isn't this something? The Astros got seven hits - three of them for extra bases, and all of those were doubles. Feliz, Keppinger, Lee, and Berkman all had hits w/RISP. The Astros drew two walks (Bourn and Berkman, naturally), and actually saw more pitches than the opposition.
Let's talk about Hunter Pence for a second. In 60 PAs, he has worked the count to three balls five times. And struck out in two of those. He's 0x11 w/RISP, and has put 16 balls to the outfield all season.
The Astros are now 4-2 in 1-run games.
Pitch Count Hero: Michael Bourn (1x3, BB) - 19 pitches in four PAs
Pitch Count Punk: Hunter Pence (0x3 - 7 pitches in three PAs.
Man of the Match: We'll give credit where it's due. The Astros needed a hit with runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out, and Carlos Lee delivered a double to left.
Goat of the Game: Hunter Pence. 0x3, groundouts to first and second (twice). Took the first pitch for a strike - looking - in all three plate appearances.