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This Day In Astros History: May 6, 2001

Roy Oswalt's debut in Montreal is today's journey back through Astros history.
Roy Oswalt's debut in Montreal is today's journey back through Astros history.

On this day, way back in 2001, Roy Oswalt made his major league debut against the Montreal Expos in Olympic Stadium. The Astros won that game 13-7, improving to 16-13 under Larry Dierker.

Providing the offense for Houston were Jeff Bagwell, who went 4 for 5 with a home run and five RBIs, Richard Hidalgo and Moises Alous who each hit a home run, and Lance Berkman, who went 3 for 4 with a triple and a stolen base. On the side of L'Expo, Geoff Blum was 4 for 5 and a young Milton Bradley went 3 for 5.

Scott Elarton picked up the win for Houston, though he wasn't very effective, giving up nine hits and six runs in five innings of work. Octavio Dotel and Mike Jackson combined for three scoreless innings before the erstwhile Roy Oswalt came into the game.

The first batter he faced was Orlando Cabrera, who he got to fly out to center field on a 2-2 pitch. He then struck out Vladimir Guerrero swinging on a 1-2 pitch before running into some 2-out trouble. Second baseman Jose Vidro hit a line drive single to right field before Blum came up and ruined Roy's perfect debut with a line drive double to deep left center that scored Vidro. After that, Roy was able to get Bradley to ground out to Bagwell, who tossed back to Roy to end the game.

With that, the best Astros pitcher of the last decade began his career. Here's the replay thanks to Back to Baseball.