HOUSTON (AP) -Arizona's hitters with ties to Houston helped
and the Diamondbacks end the Astros' eight-game winning streak.
Webb struck out six in eight sharp innings and Houston natives
and former Astro
homered in Arizona's 12-2 victory on Friday night.
Webb (18-4) allowed four hits and retired 16 Astros on groundouts to win his seventh straight decision and fifth straight
start against Houston. Webb's 18 wins are the most in the majors.
said Webb's sinker looked as good as it has all season, but Webb was more modest.
''I don't know if it was my best,'' Webb said, ''but it was pretty good.''
Snyder had a two-run homer and four RBIs, Young added a solo shot and Burke tacked on a three-run homer, each celebrating
their returns to the city.
''The adrenaline flow is through the roof,'' Young said. ''When you're playing in front of 50 family members and everybody
is expecting something, it's kind of like a playoff atmosphere almost.''
When Snyder homered in the sixth off
, Young felt the pressure and hit his own shot one inning later.
''I was kind of envious,'' Young said. ''He (Snyder) told me he had some friends sitting behind home plate watching the game.
For some reason, I really wanted to hit a home run.''
had an RBI double for the Astros, who also had their seven-game home winning streak halted.
(7-5) gave up four runs and matched a career high with six walks in 2 1-3 shaky innings. The left-hander had won four of his
previous five decisions.
''My control was the problem,'' said Rodriguez. ''I didn't have location. It's very difficult for me if I can't throw the
ball where I want to.''
doubled into the left-field corner on Rodriguez's third pitch to stretch his career-high hitting streak to 17 games. Drew
advanced to third on Young's flyout before Rodriguez walked
to load the bases.
Rodriguez missed outside with a 3-2 pitch to
added another run with a single to left. After Rodriguez walked Snyder to make it 3-0,
started throwing in the Astros' bullpen.
Rodriguez struck out Burke and Webb to escape more damage.
Wigginton singled in the Houston first to extend his career-best hitting streak to 12 games. One out later, Berkman doubled
to right-center, his 11th RBI in his last seven games. Berkman's 943rd career RBI moved him past
and into third place on the Astros' all-time list.
Rodriguez struck out two batters in the second, then walked two in the third to create more trouble. Snyder drove in a run
with a single to right before Sampson relieved.
''So we got through the second and we thought, 'OK, here we go,''' Houston manager
said. ''But we couldn't stop the bleeding.''
Sampson got two outs to end the inning, but Drew led off the fourth with a double and scored on Jackson's single. Young drove
in another run with a single in the fifth for a 6-1 Arizona lead.
Webb, meanwhile, retired 13 of the next 15 batters he faced after Berkman's RBI double. He walked
leading off the Houston fifth, but got
to ground into a double play, then fanned
for his sixth strikeout.
Clark doubled off Byrdak in the sixth before Snyder drove a 3-2 pitch off the facade in left field.
''It feels good, you can't lie, having a night like that in front of family and friends,'' Snyder said. ''Coming home is great.
But that's icing on the cake right there.''
Wigginton hit a solo homer to left off Webb in the sixth, his third home run in five games. Young answered with a solo shot
off Byrdak in the seventh.
Clark and Reynolds had one-out hits in the eighth before Burke hit a three-run homer into the porch in left field, his second
home run of the season. Burke played for Houston from 2004-07 and went to Arizona in the trade that brought closer
to the Astros.
Burke, who was hitting just .197, didn't feel any redemption as he rounded the bases. But he kept his home-run ball after
the fans who used to root for him threw it back to the field.
''There are certainly things that didn't end up the way I'd have liked them to,'' said Burke. ''I'm happy to be here. For
me, I've got plenty of incentive every time I take the field. It's tough to add to that.''
Notes: Drew's hit streak is Arizona's longest since
hit in 21 straight games in April 2004. ... The Astros surpassed the 25 million mark in attendance at Minute Maid Park, which
opened in 2000. ... The Astros' four pitchers recorded 12 total strikeouts.