Arizona (32-69) at Houston (49-50)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Tue Jul 27, 2004
  • TV: FSAZ
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The longest losing streak in the history of the Arizona Diamondbacks is finally over.

The Diamondbacks will next try to begin the climb back to respectability when they resume their four-game series with the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

The Diamondbacks’ 4-1 win on Monday put an end to a demoralizing 14-game losing streak. Scott Hairston had a career-high four hits, and Danny Bautista knocked in two runs for Arizona.

“It’s been stressful. We’re major leaguers and we don’t like being embarrassed. It’s been a long time,” Luis Gonzalez said. “Anytime you lose 14 games in a row it’s not fun. We all made mistakes and we all shared in the frustration. None of us wanted to be embarrassed by losing any more games.”

The Diamondbacks won for the first time since July 8 and managed more than three runs for just the second time since their slide began. They lost all 11 games on their recent homestand and are just 5-30 since June 18.

“Everybody has been playing hard. It would be different if we had just been throwing our gloves out there,” Hairston said. “It’s tough to swallow losing 14 in a row, but tonight we put it all together.”

Hairston and Gonzalez hit back-to-back homers in the first inning, and Brandon Webb allowed just one run and six hits over 7 1-3 innings. Greg Aquino pitched a perfect ninth for his first career save.

Carlos Beltran had two hits, and Jeff Kent knocked in the only run for the Astros, who lost for just the second time in their last six.

Tuesday’s game will feature a rematch of Thursday’s pitching matchup.

In that game, Roy Oswalt earned his fifth win in seven decisions, allowing two runs and five hits over seven innings in a 10-3 victory.

Edgar Gonzalez, making just the third start of his career, was pounded for six runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings.

“Second start, I’m not really going to make any judgments,” Arizona manager Al Pedrique said. “He’s going to have to come back next time and be stronger and be more aggressive with his fastball. I’m sure the next time he’s going to be better.”

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Starting Pitchers

É. González Cin vs. R. Oswalt Col
0-9 Record 20-10
9.32 ERA 3.49
31 K 206
18 BB 62
1.94 WHIP 1.24