Astros' Berkman strokes 300th homer
PHOENIX -- Houston first baseman Lance Berkman hit his 300th career home run on Saturday.
With a runner aboard in the sixth inning, Berkman hit a 1-0 delivery from Arizona's Jon Garland into the right-field seats to give the Astros a 3-1 lead.
It was Berkman's team-leading 12th homer this season, and it came two batters after teammate Miguel Tejada had singled home a run for his 2,000th career hit.
Berkman, who homered from the left side, became the seventh switch-hitter all-time to hit 300 homers -- a list topped by Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, who hit 536 homers.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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