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In a result sure to send shockwaves through Vegas and other online betting outlets (had anyone actually cared to bet on the game), the Houston Astros jumped all over former teammate and local high school (Deer Park, TX) hero Andy Pettitte with 10 hits and 7 earned runs, in only 4 1/3 innings. Coming off an ugly sweep in Boston (outscored 28-10, sounds like a football game), the Astros seemed to have little hope of righting the ship against Pettitte, who came into the game at 3-1, a 2.22 ERA and only 7 runs allowed in his first 4 starts. But the Astros bats broke out, with relative unknowns Brandon Barnes and Carlos Corporan accounting for 7 RBI in the game (5 against Pettitte).
It is true that nobody on the current Astros played with Andy, who toiled in Houston from 2004 – 2006 and was the team MVP in their only National League pennant season of 2005. Lefty reliever Wesley Wright is the longest tenured Astros player, having come to the bigs in 2008.
With a 9-1 victory while pounding out 17 hits, this positions the Astros to actually win the series in New York, if they can eek out a win over one of the next two games. Not likely, but possible.
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