The 28-year-old rookie hit for the cycle and drove in five runs,
but Luis Gonzalez doubled in the 11th inning off Andy Pettitte and
scored on Johnny Estrada's sacrifice fly to lift the Diamondbacks
to an 8-7 victory.
Scott became the first Astros rookie to complete the cycle, a
feat that included a three-run homer. He was the sixth Astros
player to do it and the first since Craig Biggio in 2002.
"It's a pretty awesome thing, now that I think about it,"
Scott said. "I enjoyed it, but I would've really enjoyed it more
if we had won."
"You think about it," Scott said of his accomplishment, "but
at the same time, a home run can win the ball game. I'd much rather
have a home run [in that situation] than a single, double or
Houston lost for the 12th time in 17 games and fell seven games
under .500 for the first time this season.
"We had some great at-bats tonight, we hit the ball good
several times with men in scoring position," said Houston manager
Phil Garner. "Still, we didn't win the ballgame, so that's no
But Pettitte (9-11) failed in his first relief appearance since
1998 with the Yankees. In his last start, on Wednesday, he gave up
11 hits in an outing he called "pathetic," though he still got
the win. He gave himself another harsh grade on Friday.
"I had a chance to come in and get three outs and I couldn't do
it," Pettitte said. "It's disappointing to lose this one."
Gonzalez, who also had an RBI single, hammered Pettitte's second
pitch off the left-field wall. Chad Tracy grounded out before
Estrada sent a towering fly ball to left, scoring Gonzalez.
The Arizona dugout was surprised to see Pettitte enter the game,
though Gonzalez said the Diamondbacks took note when Pettitte
started throwing in the bullpen.
"We looked out and saw him warming up and said, 'Who's that
left-hander?" Gonzalez said. "We didn't expect Pettitte, but
then we saw it was No. 21. Definitely, Garner caught us off-guard
with that one."
Houston starter Brandon Backe gave up a hit in each of the first
three innings and the Diamondbacks jumped to their first lead in
Gonzalez and Tracy had consecutive RBI singles in the first and
Jackson blooped a two-out RBI single to left in the second for a
Scott hit a 2-0 pitch from Arizona starter Enrique Gonzalez just
over the left-field wall for his first career homer to tie it at 3
in the fourth.
"We had that game in good position," said Arizona manager Bob
Melvin. "All of a sudden, he ties it up with one swing and changes
the whole game."
Tracy led off the fifth with a double. Shawn Green singled to
right and Scott bobbled it, allowing Tracy to score easily.
Luis Gonzalez said the Diamondbacks overlooked Scott in their
pre-game scouting reports.
"Before the game, he was off the radar, flying low," said
Gonzalez. "But congratulations to him -- that's not easy to do. I
guess tomorrow, we'll go over him a little more."
In the sixth, Jackson's double to the right-field wall drove in
a run and prompted Garner to pull Backe for Russ Springer.
Backe, making his second start since missing 88 games with a
right elbow sprain, gave up 12 hits -- four of them doubles.
Quentin, pinch-hitting for Enrique Gonzalez, hit the first pitch
he saw from Chad Qualls into the left-field seats for his fourth
homer of the season, made it 7-4.
Qualls hadn't allowed a run in 18 innings and had the lowest ERA
of any pitcher with at least 15 innings pitched since June 25.
Scott drilled a double down the right-field line, scoring Huff,
and Brad Ausmus followed with a run-scoring groundout to cut the
lead to 7-6.
Scott was called up from Triple-A Round Rock on July 14
after hitting .299 with 20 home runs in 318 minor-league at-bats.
He had only two RBI in his first 10 games with the Astros this
season. ... Tracy recorded his team-leading 33rd multihit game.