Daal (4-6) spent most of his eight-year major league career in the National League and always had fits with the Astros. Thursday was no different for the veteran lefthander, who lasted just two innings and yielded four runs and seven hits.
Daal slipped to 1-8 lifetime with a 7.22 ERA against the Astros.
Houston jumped on Daal quickly for three runs and four hits in the first inning.
led off with a double and scored on a single by Ensberg. Daal then walked
followed with a single to score Ensberg. One out later, Hunter singled home Bagwell to cap the inning.
Daal surrendered three more hits in the second, including an RBI single to Ensberg, giving the Astros a 4-0 lead.
"I was pretty much up all night and I got behind in the count," Daal said. "They hit the ball hard against me. Everything they hit was a base hit."
Hunter had an RBI single in the fourth inning and a two-run single in the sixth and Ensberg hit a two-run homer in the seventh.
It was the ninth career four-hit game for Hunter, his last coming on July 26, 2000 as a member of the
against Colorado. The four-RBI performance was the second of his career, the first also coming against the Orioles as a member of the
on July 4, 1997.
"It feels good to contribute with
out," Hunter said. "Right now, our chemistry is so good. Everybody's contributing and pulling for each other. These guys always seem to get in scoring position."
Ensberg went 3-for-4 and matched a career high of four RBI set Tuesday when he hit a grand slam in the series opener, an 11-6 win over Baltimore.
"It's a situation where things are going well and you just try to keep it going as best as you can because you know it won't last forever," Ensberg said. "When you're seeing the ball as well as I am right now, you want to keep attacking every time up."
Oswalt (4-4) pitched seven innings and recorded a season-high 11 strikeouts, one shy of his career high. He allowed one run and eight hits.
Since being activated from the disabled list on May 31, Oswalt has given up just one run in 14 innings.
"I'm feeling better with every start," Oswalt said. "Tonight, the biggest thing was not walking anyone. I had a pretty good fastball early, and later in the game my breaking ball was working. I was getting them out in front with my curveball. Those two pitches kept them off balance."
The Orioles scored their only run in the third inning on an RBI single by
. But with runners on first and third and none out, Oswalt escaped further damage by striking out
on a flyout.
"He's got great stuff," Roberts said of Oswalt. "He's got a 91 mile-per-hour slider, a 94-95 mile four-seamer and a 73-mile per hour breaking ball. He's tough."
The Astros responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning off reliever
led off with a single to extend his hitting streak to 12 games and Hunter followed with a double. A sacrifice fly by
scored Berkman and moved Hunter to third. Hunter came home on a sqeeuze play by
Home plate umpire Mike DiMuro left the game in the third inning after being hit in the face by a throw to the plate by Driskill on the squeeze play. He suffered a split nose that required stitches and went to Methodist Hospital for X-rays. First base umpire Andy Fletcher moved behind the plate.
Two Houston starters left the game with injuries.
departed in the fifth with a sore right quad and Biggio also left in the fifth with a bruised left calf after getting hit by a pitch from
Mora went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 17 games.