HOUSTON (Ticker) --
reached two milestones with one swing of the bat.
Bagwell belted a three-run homer in the first inning and
tossed seven strong innings as the
Los Angeles Dodgers
their fourth straight loss, 6-1.
Bagwell's blast - which gave Houston a 3-0 lead - was his 30th, making him the 13th player in major league history to reach the plateau eight consecutive seasons. The three RBI made him the 58th player to record 1,400 in a career.
"Thirty home runs, I don't look at that," Bagwell said. "The home run is not the biggest stat to me. Stats to me are run production, RBI and runs scored. Those are the things I'm paid to do. You think about it, it's only 30 at-bats a year. Right now, it's not something I think about. I'm more worried about how to get a hit tomorrow."
"He never says anything, he's a very humble guy," Houston manager
said. "He just goes out and does it every day, every year. With all he's been through with his shoulder and his arm, that's restricted him from getting full extension. You never hear him complain about it. He's a special guy."
Miller (11-11) allowed an unearned run and seven hits in seven innings for his fourth win in five decisions. He walked one and struck out five to improve to 2-1 lifetime against the Dodgers.
"My fastball was the key pitch," Miller said. "I was able to use that and get ahead. I threw all my pitches for strikes. ... I feel I'm throwing the ball the way I should be throwing it."
"He pitched a great game," Dodgers first baseman
said. "He got out of a couple of jams, got a couple of pop-ups. He's got great stuff. When he gets in a bad situation, he still has a pitch to get you out with."
(15-10) had his three-game winning streak snapped, surrendering six runs - five earned - and seven hits in five innings. The Japanese righthander walked four and struck out four while dropping his career mark vs. Houston to 3-7.
"I didn't feel bad," Nomo said through an interpreter. "All I can say is the opponent was better than us. Bagwell's home run in the first inning hurt."
In Nomo's 10 losses this season, the Dodgers have scored just 11 runs.
After Los Angeles squandered a scoring opportunity in the top of the first, the Astros erupted for four runs in the bottom half.
led off and struck out on five pitches but reached when Ventura failed to handle catcher
Paul Lo Duca
's throw on a third strike in the dirt.
followed with a single before Bagwell deposited a 1-1 pitch over the right field wall.
"Tonight, I got some pitches to hit," Bagwell said. "I hit him well early in my career. It's not so much his delivery that gets you, it's his forkball is so good. The home run was a pitch out over the plate."
ripped a double to deep center for a 4-0 lead.
"(Nomo) made a bad pitch to
," Los Angeles manager
said. "He was trying to get it in. Then, Berkman crushed one and that gave them a four-run lead and got us in a big hole."
The Dodgers took advantage of an error in the third to get on the scoreboard, but Houston right fielder
kept it from being a big inning.
After Nomo struck out,
hit a grounder that first baseman Bagwell misplayed. Lo Duca singled and
walked to load the bases, but
flied out to shallow left.
singled to right to plate Roberts, but Hidalgo recorded his major league-leading 21st assist by throwing out Lo Duca at the plate for the third out.
"(Hidalgo has) been throwing out people left and right all year," Miller said. "It ended the inning right there, so obviously it was a big throw."
"Maybe the biggest play of the night was Hidalgo's throw to the plate," Williams added. "If (Lo Duca's) safe, it's 4-2 and they've got another hitter."
hit consecutive two-out RBI singles in the fifth to cap the scoring.