This Day In Astros History: May 24, 2007

On this day, not so long ago, Micah Owings, then with the Arizona Diamondbacks, shut down the Astros in a 9-1 loss in the desert.

Wandy Rodriguez started for Houston, giving up eight of the nine runs, though only five were earned. In 5 innings, Wandy allowed nine hits, no walks and struck out three. He was put behind the eight ball early with a terrible first inning.

Center fielder Chris Young led off with a line drive single to right and Conor Jackson put him on third with his own line drive, this one a double to deep center field. Orlando Hudson drove in Young with a groundout to the right side, moving Jackson to third. Eric Byrnes brought them both home with a triple on a line drive down the right field line. Mark Reynolds drove him in with a fly ball double to deep center field.

Carlos Quentin delivered the second out of the first inning with another grounder to the right side, moving Reynolds to third. Another double, this one from Stephen Drew, drove home Reynolds to make it 4-0 D'Backs before Wandy got catcher Chris Snyder swinging on a 1-2 pitch to end the frame.

Wandy got to drive in the only Astros run of the game in the next half-inning with a single to right that scored Adam Everett, who had reached on a hit by pitch. Everett was 0 for 3, but Hunter Pence, Carlos Lee and Brad Ausmus all went 2 for 4 and Orlando Palmeiro, Lee and Ausmus all had doubles.

After Byrnes knocked in another run in the fourth, the Diamondbacks got those last three unearned runs. Wandy had two outs in the bottom of the fifth, but there were runners on first and second thanks to a HBP and a single to right by Hudson. Reynolds hit a soft ground ball to third which Mike Lamb, who couldn't field it cleanly for an E-5.

That loaded the bases, forcing in an unearned run when Carlos Quentin was hit by a pitch. Stephen Drew knocked in two more runs with a single to right, scoring Hudson and Reynolds, but was thrown out at second trying to stretch the single into a double.

Here's the graphic replay of the game, thanks to Back to Baseball. And, just for fun, here's the TCB game thread from that particular contest.

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