HOUSTON (Ticker) --
was brought into the game for his bat. He delivered at the plate, but he made the key play with his feet.
Lamb's aggressive slide into second broke up a potential inning-ending double play in the eighth and allowed the go-ahead run to score in a 3-2 triumph over the
, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.
The game was tied, 2-2, when
hit a one-out double against Braves reliever
(4-3) in the eighth and pinch hitter Lamb moved him to third with a base hit. Pinch hitter
hit a ground ball to shortstop that appeared as if it could have been turned into a double play, but Lamb slid hard into Atlanta second baseman
, preventing a throw to first and allowing Ensberg to score.
"Going up there, I was just looking for a good pitch to hit and if no one's on first it have just been a normal ground ball," Lamb said. "Going into second, it's just natural to think that I have to get to second and break up the double play."
said the hard slide was a non-factor.
"I don't think (Giles) could have gotten him anyway," Cox said. "The throw was a little behind him, but (shorstop
) made a heck of a play to get that ball. We might have had a chance if the throw is in front of (Giles). It was a tough play just to get it, but generally you're just going to get one."
Biggio gave the Astros their first lead of the game with a solo home run off Braves starter
with one out in the seventh. Biggio hit the first pitch of the inning an estimated 359 feet over the wall in left for his team lead-tying 17th home run.
Possessing a 2-1 lead, Astros starter
exited the contest after walking the first two batters of the eighth inning.
to hit into a force play at second, but the reliever walked Giles to load the bases and
followed with a run-scoring groundout.
But after intentionally walking All-Star
to load the bases, Miceli struck out rookie
to escape the jam, and after Houston grabbed the lead in the bottom of the frame, Astros closer
struck out the side in the ninth for his 12th save.
"I hated to put us in a spot right there," Clemens said. "When Garner let me go out there to start the eighth, I take a lot of pride in making his decisions look good. It was a good (start) but I just put us in bad spot."
Clemens allowed two runs - one earned - and four hits in seven-plus innings, while Ortiz yielded two runs and seven hits in seven innings.
"We had our chances there with the bases loaded, but we just couldn't get it done," Cox said. "It was a good game and I haven't seen Roger in a while. And it's OK with me if we don't anymore."
The Astros picked up their 10th win under interim manager
and have won three straight games for the first time since June 20-22.
"That was just a well-played game all around," Garner said. "It was a well-pitched game on both sides and there was clutch hitting on both sides. That was a good battle job by Vizcaino to work the count and just a good slide by Lamb. It was a good job by everyone."