Diamondbacks 3, Astros 1

With more than 100 family and friends in attendance, Arizona

starter Wade Miley wanted to put on a good show Friday night and

help his team build on a comeback win a night earlier.

Done and done.

Miley pitched six solid innings and drove in a run to lead the

Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros on

Friday night.

”Didn’t come easy for sure, but Wade held us in there, six

strong innings,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. ”We kind of

scratched and clawed three runs out of this game.”

Miley hit a sacrifice bunt and Chris Young doubled in a run in

the fifth for Arizona, which has won seven consecutive games

against the Astros. Paul Goldschmidt added another RBI double in

the eighth.

Many of Miley’s relatives and friends drove five hours from his

hometown of Hammond, La., to watch him.

”I heard them,” Miley said. ”It was fun.”

Houston has dropped four of five to fall to 6-28 since the

All-Star break. The Astros are 39-81 overall for the worst record

in the majors.

Jose Altuve and Ben Francisco had two hits apiece, and Tyler

Greene hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth for Houston’s only run.

Miley (13-8) allowed eight hits, struck out five and walked none

in his first win since July 31 at Los Angeles. The left-hander was

0-2 with a 3.48 ERA in his previous two starts.

”It was a battle,” said Miley, who had trouble locating his

fastball. ”But any time you get a win is a good day.”

Brad Ziegler, Daniel Hernandez and J.J. Putz each worked a

one-hit inning to close it out. Putz struck out Steve Pearce with a

runner at second for his 15th straight save and 24th overall.

The Astros were held to two runs or fewer for the third time in

four games, despite outhitting Arizona 11-6. Houston stranded 10

and went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

”Anytime you get 11 hits and only score one run, there’s going

to be some frustrations coming through,” Astros manager Brad Mills


Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel (1-5) gave up two runs and

four hits in 6 2-3 innings, but remained winless since June 23 at

Cleveland. He is 0-5 with a 6.18 ERA in his last eight starts.

Houston, which has struggled at the plate for much of the

season, came close to being shut out for the 12th time.

Greene’s one-out fly ball to center was deep enough for Marwin

Gonzalez to score, cutting Arizona’s lead in half.

”We haven’t been very good winning games in which we haven’t

scored a lot of runs, but last two nights have been very good,”

Gibson said. ”We hope that continues.”

NOTES: Diamondbacks OF Jason Kubel was scratched with a sore

neck. … 3B Chris Johnson faced his former team for the first time

since the Astros traded him on July 28 for minor leaguers Bobby

Borchering and Marc Krauss. Johnson went 0 for 3 with a walk. …

Former Astros knuckleballer Joe Niekro was enshrined into the

Astros Walk of Fame outside Minute Maid Park. Niekro pitched for

the Astros from 1975-1985. He died in 2006 at age 61.