Final

Series: Game 2 of 2

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/13)

Game 1: Tuesday, April 11
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San Francisco
Game 1: Wednesday, April 12
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San Francisco
Game 1: Thursday, April 13
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San Francisco5
Game 2: Thursday, April 13
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San Francisco0

Astros 8

(6-3, 1-1 away)

Giants 0

(5-3, 4-2 home)

    9:05 PM ET, April 13, 2006

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: R. Oswalt (2-0)

    L: M. Cain (0-1)

    Berkman homers twice as Astros earn split

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Roy Oswalt pitched 8 1/3 strong innings and Lance Berkman hit his NL-leading fifth and sixth homers of the season, leading Houston past the San Francisco Giants 8-0 on Thursday night to give the Astros a doubleheader split after losing the first game 5-3.

    Oswalt (2-0) gave up eight hits and struck out two and walked three. Fernando Nieve got the final two outs to complete the shutout.

    Berkman, who has homered in five of his last seven games, hit a two-run shot to center batting left-handed in the third and added a solo homer to left batting righty leading off the ninth. It was the first time in his career he homered from both sides.

    Brad Ausmus had two RBI, three hits and a run scored, and Craig Biggio, Jason Lane and Morgan Ensberg also drove in runs, with Ensberg drawing a bases-loaded walk in the seventh.

    Backup catcher Todd Greene singled twice and tripled and Randy Winn had a double among his three hits for the Giants on a night when Barry Bonds, Moises Alou, Mike Matheny and Omar Vizquel weren't in the starting lineup.

    Rookie Matt Cain (0-1) matched his career high with eight strikeouts in five innings but fell behind 3-0 and got outpitched by Oswalt.

    Preston Wilson doubled to start the fourth, then reached third on a wild pitch before Cain gave up back-to-back walks to Lane and Ausmus to load the bases with no outs. Cain then struck out Eric Bruntlett and Oswalt and got Biggio to ground into a fielder's choice to escape the jam.

    Game notes


    Giants LHP Noah Lowry, the No. 3 starter on the 15-day DL with a strained right side muscle, played light catch for the second straight day. He made 75 throws from 50 feet. ... Moises Alou became the first Giants player to hit his 300th since Bonds in 1996. ... Greene's triple was the second of his career and first since May 21, 2003, with Texas against Tampa Bay. ... The last Astros player to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game was Carlos Beltran on July 1, 2004, against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

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