"His composure is definitely something to be complimented,"
Matheny said. "It shows he's a gutsy pitcher. He has shown that a
couple of times this year.
"He doesn't let situations bother him. A young guy usually
starts second-guessing himself in those spots, but he doesn't."
Hennessey (2-0), recalled from Triple-A Fresno earlier in the
day to make his second start of the year and ninth of his major
league career, overcame the rough start to help the Giants beat the
Houston Astros 6-3. The right-hander allowed three runs on six hits
in six innings, struck out seven and walked three.
"You can't let (the home runs) bother you," Hennessey said.
"Otherwise, you'll self-destruct. After those two pitches, I
concentrated more and trusted my sinker.
"It's great that my teammates and manager had confidence in me
tonight. It helps me build confidence in myself."
Manager Felipe Alou also praised Hennessey.
"I like Hennessey," Alou said. "I liked him last year but we
didn't have room to give him a good shot in spring training. He did
the same thing in Pittsburgh this year, giving up a couple of runs
early then settling down. Tonight after the first inning, he
Matheny singled in the tying run in the sixth inning and Houston
outfielder Lance Berkman's error on the play allowed the go-ahead
run to score.
With the Giants trailing 3-2 in the sixth inning, Matheny, who
was 2-for-4 with two RBI, hit a bases-loaded single to left that
Berkman misplayed for an error, allowing Edgardo Alfonzo to score
to make it 4-3.
Tyler Walker pitched the ninth for his second save in three
The Astros have lost three straight and nine of 10 to fall to
12-22, 10 games behind first-place St. Louis in the NL Central.
They held a 30-minute team meeting after the game.
"We had a team meeting tonight because we needed it," manager
Phil Garner said. "I said a few things and several players said
some things and it was good.
"The only reason you call meetings is because you aren't
winning. There's no question that everyone is trying too much. What
encouraged me tonight is that we got more guys on base and we had
several opportunities and I think things will start happening
Ensberg had two of Houston's season-high four errors.
"I had a bad defensive game during a bad time to have it,"
Ensberg said. "The errors are a sign of trying to do too much and
those are the things I just have to adjust. I was trying to do Part
I without Part II."
Houston's Andy Pettitte (2-4) allowed four runs, two of them
unearned, on five hits in six innings. Pettitte, who struck out six
and walked three, retired 11 in a row from the second to the fifth
"We're going through some tough times and we just have to keep
pushing and grinding," Pettitte said. "Nobody in this league is
going to feel sorry for us, especially as successful as this club
has been the last several years. We have to find a way to turn it
The Giants scored an unearned run in the first inning when Jason Ellison singled and moved to second on Ensberg's error at third
base. After a fielder's choice, Ellison scored on Moises Alou's
Biggio homered leading off the bottom of the first, his fourth
home run of the year, and Ensberg followed with his third homer to
give the Astros a 2-1 lead.
Biggio has a National League-record 42 career homers leading off
a game. He's third in major league history behind Rickey Henderson
(80) and Brady Anderson (44).
The Giants tied it in second on Matheny's RBI single, and Biggio
hit his second home run with one out in the fifth to make it 3-2.
San Francisco added two insurance runs in the eighth on Omar Vizquel's RBI single and Ensberg's error on Alou's grounder.
Biggio has 14 career two-homer games. ... Houston's Willy Taveras moved back into the NL lead in stolen bases with his 11th
and 12th, both in the third inning. ... Houston's Jason Lane
singled in the sixth inning to snap an 0-for-17 streak. ... The
Giants are 16-3 at Minute Maid Park. They won their first 11 games
in the ballpark.