Michaels drives in 3 to lead Astros over Rangers

Jason Michaels homered and drove in three runs
and Wandy Rodriguez and three relievers combined on a four-hitter
as the Houston Astros snapped an eight-game home losing streak with
a 7-0 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.
Carlos Lee homered for the second straight day in the fourth
inning and Chris Johnson drove in two runs in Houston's four-run
fifth as the Astros won at Minute Maid Park for the first time
since June 13.
Michaels drove in a run in the fifth before pushing the lead to
7-0 with his two-run shot to left in the seventh.
Rodriguez (6-4) allowed four hits and struck out four in seven
innings. David Carpenter pitched a perfect eighth in his major
league debut. Fernando Abad and Mark Melancon combined on scoreless
ninth.