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Houston Astros Inside Pitch 2009-04-17

Houston Astros Inside Pitch 2009-04-17
A day after breaking out with three RBIs for his first multi-RBI game since suffering season-ending fractures to his left little finger last season, left fielder Carlos Lee was optimistic about getting this season back on track once the Astros return to Houston.

After losing five in a row, including four of their first five on the six-game trip through St. Louis and Pittsburgh, the Astros have some catching up to do during their upcoming 10-game homestand.

"You always naturally play better at home, that's why they call it a home-field advantage," Lee said. "It's important for us that when we return home we play good baseball and start feeling good and winning."

Lee essentially missed the final two months of last season after Bronson Arroyo nailed him on the left little finger on Aug. 9 in Cincinnati, but he refused to say his slow start has anything to do with rust.

"Now all is good," he said. "I believe that I started a bit cold, but I'm fine."

Playing in cold weather, however, hasn't been much of an advantage.

"We're used to playing in the heat in spring training and all of a sudden we go to play in the cold and now it's different," he said. "With the cold temperature, it took us awhile to get adjusted. As you know, we play in the warmth in Houston after playing in the heat of Florida, and then it took us a bit of a while to get settled in while playing in the cold."

The Reds kick off the Astros' homestand with a four-game series, beginning Friday night. The Dodgers stop by for a three-game series beginning Tuesday, and the Brewers visit for another three, starting April 24.

ASTROS 6, PIRATES 3: A day after LF Carlos Lee, the cleanup hitter, drove in three runs to give the Astros the first multi-RBI game from the cleanup or No. 3 spot in the lineup, No. 3 hitter Lance Berkman paced the Astros with three RBIs, on a three-run homer, in a win at Pittsburgh. Hunter Pence, who homered, and Lee, who hit a fielder's choice RBI grounder, are now tied with Berkman for the team lead with five RBIs.

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Added: April 17, 2009

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