Homers Power Astro Victory

From Associated Press

Jeff Bagwell and Vinny Castilla each hit two home runs and Roy Oswalt won his sixth consecutive decision as the Houston Astros defeated the San Diego Padres, 11-3, Friday night.

All of the Astros’ five home runs came off Woody Williams (6-7), who set a Padre record for homers given up in a game. He has given up a National League-leading 27 homers.

Bagwell, who homered for the fourth consecutive game, hit a two-run shot in the first inning and a solo homer in the fifth to raise his season total to 24. He also hit an RBI single in the sixth to help the Astros defeat San Diego at Enron Field for the first time in eight games.

Castilla hit a two-run homer in the second and a solo shot in the sixth, giving him nine. Castilla had a two-run double in the seventh inning.


Brad Ausmus hit a solo homer in the fourth inning for Houston.

Williams, who was replaced after Castilla’s second homer, gave up 11 hits, seven earned runs and struck out two over five-plus innings.

Oswalt (8-1) gave up six hits over seven innings and tied his career high with eight strikeouts. The rookie right-hander is 6-0 since moving into the starting rotation and the Astros are 7-0 in games he has started.