Benson lost three straight starts from May 31-June 11 before allowing one earned run and five hits over a season-high eight innings in Thursday’s 5-2 win over Anaheim. The right-hander struck out eight without a walk after dropping five of his previous six decisions.
“Without a doubt, this is the best I’ve felt in a long time,” Benson said. “I’ve had some decent starts now, and it’s given me some confidence.”
Benson had been 0-6 with a 6.30 ERA in 11 home starts dating to a win over Arizona on May 10, 2003.
The right-hander hasn’t had much career success against the Astros in his career, going 2-8 with a 4.78 ERA in 14 starts. In Houston, he is winless in six outings, going 0-4 with an 8.40 ERA—his highest ERA in any NL park.
The Astros have won three of four following a four-game losing streak, including a 7-5 victory in Monday’s series opener. Lance Berkman hit a tying three-run double and Jeff Kent drove in the go-ahead run in a big fifth inning as Houston rallied from four runs down to win consecutive games for the first time since June 8-9 at Seattle.
The Astros also improved to 18-18 at Minute Maid Park. Houston went 48-33 at home last year.