Big offensive night not enough for Astros
By BOB BAUM
PHOENIX (AP) The Houston Astros hadn't scored this many runs in almost a month. Not that it made any difference.
The Astros lost their fourth straight game, and 17th of 19, a 13-8 setback at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.
"I thought the approach today was real good at the plate. The guys squared up a lot of balls," manager Brad Mills said. "We had a few doubles, a couple of home runs."
All for naught, though.
"The thing that really hurt us on the other side of the ball was the walks," Mills said. "Bud (Norris) had those three walks in the fifth inning and a couple of walks earlier. We had six walks total and all six of them scored. That's tough."
The Astros last scored this many on June 23 in an 8-1 victory over Cleveland.
"We are going to start to put this together and start winning ballgames," Corporan said. "We have to put everything together. One day we pitch good and we don't hit. Another day we hit good but we don't pitch. We have to put everything together and we will be all right."
Arizona's Stephen Drew drove in three runs with a double and single exactly one year after he broke his ankle and tore the ligaments surrounding it sliding into home plate. He didn't return until last month.
"I haven't played the game in almost a year," he said, "so I'm just trying to get back in the swing of things and it felt good. It felt good to get guys in when they're in scoring position. I'm just glad to be a part of it."
Justin Upton hit his 99th career home run for Arizona and drew a bases-loaded walk from Norris for a third RBI.
Trevor Cahill (8-8) gave up four runs, three earned, in 5 1-3 innings to get the win.
Norris (5-8) allowed nine runs, six hits and five walks in 4 1-3 innings for his seventh straight loss.
"I don't know what to say," he said. "It wasn't pretty. I am out there grinding, battling and trying to make pitches. I didn't miss many barrels today."
Upton's two-run, opposite-field shot on Norris' 0-2 pitch broke a 2-2 tie in the third inning.
Cahill scattered nine hits while improving to 4-1 in his last six home starts. He had an RBI single in the Diamondbacks' five-run fifth. All five of the batters Norris walked scored.
Jordan Schafer opened the game with a bloop double, then scored on Marwin Gonzalez's single. Gonzalez took third on Matt Downs' bunt single and scored when J.D. Martinez grounded into a double play to give Houston a 2-0 lead.
Arizona cut it to 2-1 in the first when Gerardo Parra drew a leadoff walk and scored on Drew's double.
Drew walked with one out in the third, advanced to third on Hill's single, and scored when Jason Kubel grounded out, tying the game at 2-2. Upton, 8-for-20 in his last five games, followed with his eighth homer of the season to put Arizona ahead for good.
Parra doubled to start the Diamondbacks' big fifth inning. With one out, Norris walked three consecutive batters to bring in Arizona's fifth run. Montero's two-run single off the glove of the charging Schafer in center brought in two more, then RBI singles by Paul Goldschmidt and Cahill made it 9-2.
The Diamondbacks gave up two in the sixth, one on Corporan's double.
Drew singled in two in Arizona's four-run seventh.
NOTES: LHP Dallas Keuchel has been called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City and will start for Houston on Saturday night in place of J.A. Happ, who was part of Friday's 10-player trade with Toronto. A roster move will be made Saturday to make room for Keuchel. LHP Wade Miley (10-5, 3.13 ERA) goes for Arizona. ... Norris' last five starts have been on the road. ... Arizona 3B Ryan Wheeler was 1-for-4 and committed an error in his major league debut. ... Montero twice threw out Schafer trying to steal second.
Updated July 21, 2012