HOUSTON (AP) -- Adam Everett is surprising even himself lately.
Everett two of Houston's season-high four home runs and Roy
Oswalt pitched seven innings of two-hit ball to lead the Astros
over the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3 Tuesday night.
"I just put two good swings together and they went out. It
surprised me as much as it did anyone," Everett said, crediting
new hitting coach Gary Gaetti.
"He has me more comfortable with my swing and my hands are a
little more relaxed. I'm just letting it go."
Everett hit solo homers in the first and fourth innings. It
continued a stretch in which Everett has gone 19-for-45 (.422) with
four homers and 11 RBI in his last 11 games.
"He's not supposed to be a home-run hitter," manager Phil
Garner said. "I'm going to start fining him for hitting home runs.
"And I'm going to get Bagwell and Kent to pay his fines."
Bagwell will be glad to pay any fines for Everett.
"That's fine with me," he said. "I don't care if he'll just
keep doing what he's doing."
Oswalt (10-8) gave up a single to leadoff hitter Steve Finley,
then retired the next 14 hitters. After a walk to Scott Hairston
and a single by Alex Cintron, Oswalt retired his last seven. He
struck out five and only walked one.
"He was throwing his fastball 95 or 96 and then he comes in
with that 71 mph curveball," Hairston said of Oswalt. "I think he
even threw one 68. That's hard to adjust to. He keeps the hitters
Arizona lost again after snapping a 14-game losing streak the
night before. Edgar Gonzalez (0-3) lasted four innings in his third
major league start of the season and fifth of his career. He
allowed six runs on eight hits and a walk.
"He wanted to show he could pitch up here, but it didn't
work," manager Al Pedrique said. "He was too hyper. He was
jumping around out there on the mound.
"He's going to get the ball every fifth day. We need to find
out if he can help us and help us next year."
Bagwell's three-run homer in the third gave Houston a 5-0 lead
before Everett's second blast.
Kent followed with a two-run homer off reliever Steve Sparks in
the Astros' four-run fifth. Bagwell scored on Raul Chavez's
groundout and Morgan Ensberg came home on a throwing error by third
baseman Chad Tracy.
Kirk Bullinger started the eighth and gave up three runs to
Arizona. Pinch-hitter Carlos Baerga's RBI double scored the first
run. Steve Finley's groundout drove in another and Tracy's double
down the left-field line scored the third run before Chad Harville
^Notes:@ Finley has let the Diamondbacks know he will veto any trade
away from a West Coast team. "That's the rule -- 10 years in the
league and five years with one club," Finley said. "I've been
here six years. I own the right. This isn't a decision I came to
several weeks ago. ... I want to stay on the West Coast. I have
four kids in school out there. So it was a family decision. There
are enough teams out there that are interested and they are all in
the pennant race." ... Oswalt's career winning percentage of .679
(53-25) is the best in franchise history. ... Oswalt fell off the
mound in the fourth inning when his cleat caught the edge of the
pitching rubber. It was ruled no pitch. ... Juan Brito ended an
0-for-14 streak with a single in the eighth inning.