Why They Won
Because even though the Astros were only 4x15 w/RISP, Jeff Keppinger made his 1AB count - and five of the Astros' runs came with two outs.
So this is obviously encouraging to see from Paulino - the only thing is those walks. In the 1st and 4th innings, Paulino walked batters consecutively, and after recording the first out of the inning. Paulino started 13 of 24 batters out with a first-pitch strike, but only five of those ABs continued on to a 2-0 count.
Big bummer was that of Paulino's record. He left with a 3-2 lead - only the second time this season that Paulino has left with a lead - and Chris Sampson served up a Clint Barmes homer to tie the game and give Paulino the No Decision. Paulino has only left his start with a lead five times since the beginning of 2009, and has two wins.
Let's check out Jeff Keppinger's ABs, shall we?
1st inning: 0 out, Bourn on 1st, Keppinger takes a first-pitch for an RBI double to left-center
2nd inning: Not an official AB. With runners on 2nd and 3rd, Manzella was picked off third base to end the inning.
3rd inning: Leadoff 1-1 single to left
5th inning: Leadoff 1-1 flyout to left
7th inning: Leadoff 1-0 flyout to center
8th inning: Bases loaded, two outs, 3-1 double to deep left, 3 RBIs.
That's nice. The Astros win by four runs, and Keppinger drives in four.
And check out the big bat of Carlos Lee! He was 1x4, but hit his 5th homer of the season, and of May. Lee is now 5x12 in his last four games, with three homers and five RBI.
Let's also give it up for Tommy Manzella, who was 2x4 (albeit with that pickoff on 3rd), and also reached on an error.
Pitch Count Hero: Berkman (1x5) - 25 pitches in five PAs
Pitch Count Punk: Manzella (2x4) - 10 pitches in four PAs.
Man of the Match: This one goes to Jeff Keppinger.
Goat of the Game: It's hard to give a Goat to a guy who drew one of the two walks, got a hit, an RBI, and scored a run, but this goes to Michael Bourn. Bourn was 0x2 w/RISP and ended the inning three times.