HOUSTON (AP) -A week ago
thought he was going to be released from the
after a sluggish spring.
Instead he was traded to Houston, where Keppinger shook off his recent struggles with a broken-bat single in the 10th inning
that gave the Astros a 3-2 victory over the
on Tuesday night.
''I'm glad I could come through for the team,'' he said.
had an RBI single for the Astros, who carried a 2-1 lead into the eighth before
hit a long home run off
opened the bottom of the 10th with an infield single down the third-base line, his first hit with Houston after starting the
followed with another single off
(0-1) before Cubs manager
brought in Gregg.
Rodriguez advanced to third when pinch-hitter
flied out to center.
was intentionally walked, loading the bases for Keppinger, who entered as a pinch-runner in the ninth.
''As soon as I saw Michaels hit the sac-fly, I knew they were going to walk Tejada,'' Keppinger said. ''So I was just making
sure I got a good pitch to hit.''
Keppinger snapped his bat and stumbled out of the box on his grounder between third and shortstop that scored Rodriguez.
''It's always nice to contribute,'' Rodriguez said. ''Keppinger came late, I came late and we are both helping the team win
ball games and that's why we're here.''
reached base with two outs in the top of the 10th on a throwing error by Tejada at shortstop.
(1-0) retired Soriano for the third out.
pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts. He was helped out when Tejada grabbed a grounder by
, spun all the way around and threw out Johnson at first.
Soriano's homer bounced off the railroad tracks atop the wall in left-center. He also homered on the second pitch of Monday
Bourn put the Astros on top 2-1 with his RBI single in the sixth.
Pence tied it at 1 with a homer to left-center in the fifth.
allowed four hits and one run in six innings. He struck out four and walked three.
, who had a career-high 17 wins and made the All-Star team last season, gave up six hits and two runs with five strikeouts
in six innings.
At St. Louis,
hit a two-run homer and reached base five times to help the Cardinals to their first win.
Pujols went 2-for-3 with two walks and also reached on an error after going 3-for-4 in Monday's season-opening 6-4 loss.
also had two-run homers for St. Louis, which pounded out 12 hits against four pitchers.
(1-0) allowed three runs, two earned, and five hits to move to 4-0 in six career starts against Pittsburgh.
hit a two-run homer and
had a sacrifice fly for the Pirates.
(0-1) lasted just four innings, allowing eight runs, six earned, and nine hits.
threw seven sparkling innings and
homered for the second straight game to lead Colorado.
Jimenez (1-0) gave up four hits, struck out eight and walked three in his first career victory over Arizona. He was 0-1 in
four previous starts against the Diamondbacks despite a 2.77 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26 innings.
worked the eighth and
finished the five-hitter for his first save with the Rockies. Street was acquired in the offseason trade that sent
(0-1) allowed one run and three hits over seven innings for Arizona. He struck out nine and walked none.
At San Diego,
rang in the post-
era, striking out the side in the ninth inning to save the Padres' win.
It was the first save opportunity this season for Bell, promoted to closer after the awkward offseason departure of Hoffman,
baseball's career saves leader.
After more than a decade of watching Hoffman jog in to AC/DC's ''Hells Bells,'' fans in San Diego got a taste of Bell jogging
to the mound in a heavy mist, accompanied by ''Blow Me Away'' by Breaking Benjamin, from the soundtrack to the video game
Bell finished a combined five-hitter, with three relievers pitching three hitless innings to preserve the win for
(0-1) allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings for Los Angeles.
and four relievers combined on a six-hitter, and
each hit solo homers for the Braves.
The defending World Series champions are off to an 0-2 start for the fourth straight year.
Jurrjens (1-0) beat a pitcher twice his age, 46-year-old
. The right-hander gave up four hits and walked three in 5 2-3 impressive innings.
Moyer (0-1) allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings.
At San Francisco,
hit a three-run triple,
had three RBIs and the Giants overcame
's struggles to get the win in the majors' final opener.
homered for the Giants, whose 12-hit battering of Milwaukee pitching more than made up for the shortest start of Lincecum's
career. The NL Cy Young Award winner made it through just three innings, yielding three runs, four hits and three walks.
Milwaukee didn't get much more from
(0-1), who hit an RBI double but gave up six runs over four innings in manager
's debut with the Brewers.
(1-0) gave up two runs over two rocky innings to win in his major league debut.
pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and Florida got home runs from
Two-run shots by Cantu and Uggla spoiled the return of
(0-1), chased early in his first regular-season game against the Marlins, who traded him in the offseason after drafting him
Johnson (1-0) struck out eight and walked none, displaying the crisp pop on his fastball that could make him the ace of a
promising young pitching staff. The right-hander came back from elbow surgery last July.
hit a two-run homer in the eighth
had an RBI double in the ninth for the Nationals.