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Jason Lane
  • 2 for 4, 1R, 3 RBI
  • First multi-hit game since June 29
  • Quickly ended the suspense when he hit the no-doubt homer on Brian Falkenborg's first pitch in relief of Reyes
  • Exacted stern payment for the intentional walk to Ensberg

While certainly not perfect, Brandon Backe also threw the ball as well as he has in a month. It appeared he was squeezed early, but he didn't let that bother him, nor did he get out of control after his RBI single. If not the coveted Game Hero award, he certainly deserved the win.

The Astros move into a second-place tie in the NL Central, and now have a .500 pythagorean record.