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Two Men On. No Outs. Brad Lidge in the Game...

Well, if there’s a strange way to end a baseball game, leave it to the Astros to find it.

The Astros held on to win 7-4 last night. But it wasn’t easy. The Dodgers started the bottom of the ninth trailing 7-3. Then there was a double and a walk and a pinch hit single that led to the fourth run with two men on base and zero outs. Lidge got Rafael Furcal to strike out for the first out, then got Juan Pierre to pop up to Ausmus behind the plate for the second out, which would normally not be anything special, except that L.A.’s Mark Sweeney took off from first and didn’t bother to head back to first base, until after Ausmus had thrown the ball down to Berkman at first to double him off and to end the game.

Think for a minute. Two men on. No outs. Brad Lidge in the game.

And the Astros won.

I guess this is because Luke Scott thanked the Lord for letting him get an RBI single early in the game. (I’m really getting tired of this, can you tell? Hey, Luke, instead of asking God for help with your batting, how about asking Him to keep Dean away from the Texas/Louisiana next week – I’m moving and don’t want to deal with all of that hassle.)

The Astros record improved to 54-65 with the win, and they moved another game closer to the Brewers and Cubs since both of them lost. However, the third place Cards also moved closer to first place, as did the fifth place Reds. And the Astros are still closer to last place than they are to first.

The win was the third straight for the ‘Stros. But Jason Jennings gets the start tonight, so it’s kind of doubtful that the streak will stretch to four games.

And I’m kind of puzzled. Two white guys started the game last night, and the umpire was a white guy, so how does that whole umpire racial bias figure in to the Astros win? – John Royal

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