"It means a lot to me," Raggio said. "I was working hard and hoping that something good would happen. I found out down in the bullpen you have to stay on your guard because you can pitch anytime. It feels great that I have been able to come in and contribute right away."
The win extended the Diamondbacks' streak to a season-high six games, their longest since August 9-17 when they strung together eight in a row. Arizona also moved three games over .500 for the first time this season.
"My hit was timely, but Quinton's ended up being the silent killer the way the last inning turned out," Gonzalez said. "They've got a great bullpen, but when you can get some runs manufactured against those guys, you've got to take advantage of them when they're down."
After having his contract purchased from Class AAA Tucson prior to the game,
(1-0) allowed one hit, walked one and struck out one for his first victory since September 18, 2001.
cruised through the first three innings before giving up two runs in the fourth to squander a 1-0 lead. He lasted seven frames, allowing two hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
"I haven't pitched in a big-league game in over a year, so it was nice to get a win," Bottalico said. "It was a good day for me all around. When you look at this game as a whole, Webby did all the work and didn't get anything for it."
(4-1) was tagged for five runs and two hits while retiring just two batters. It was just the seventh time in 38 appearances he has allowed a run.
"That can happen. He is a human being," Astros manager
said. "He has been so good for us all year long."
After Gonzalez put the Diamondbacks ahead 4-2, Lidge struck out
and intentionally walked
. Lidge followed with another walk to
to load the bases before McCracken tripled to deep left, plating three more runs for a 7-2 bulge.
But Houston, which leads the league with 26 come-from-behind victories, made things interesting in the ninth. Villarreal surrendered a double to
. He then got
to strike out and pinch hitter
to ground out.
sent a line drive off Villarreal's chest for an infield single, plating Vizcaino. The reliever remained in the game but allowed
to reach on an error before yielding a two-run single to
to pull the Astros within 7-5.
"I'm sure (Villarreal) is going to have a pretty good bruise on his chest," Diamondbacks manager
said. "Fortunately, it hit him in a fleshy area, but I thought the ball was going to go through him, it was hit so hard. I'm sure it started to affect his delivery as that muscle got tighter and tighter."
Myers came in and bounced his first pitch to the backstop, allowing Biggio to score and make it a one-run game.
"This team has battled back all year long from a lot of deficits," Williams said. "Tonight, we just came up two short."
Of Houston's comebacks, they only have managed three wins when trailing after eight innings.