Cincinnati (21-31) at Houston (19-32)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Houston, TX
Temp: 68° F
  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Wed Jun 1, 2005
  • TV: FSOH, FSSW
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Roy Oswalt has pitched extremely well in his last four starts, but has just one win to show for it.

The Houston Astros will try and provide some offensive support for their star as they play the deciding game of their series with the Cincinnati Reds.

The Astros have scored just four runs in Oswalt’s last four starts, including getting shut out twice.

Oswalt left his last outing on Friday at Milwaukee with back stiffness, giving up one run and two hits in six innings. He felt a twinge in his back when he slipped on a pitch early in the game. Oswalt then toughed it out as long as he could.

“It doesn’t hurt, it’s just stiff,” he said.

Oswalt will try and continue his complete domination of the Reds. He is 13-0 with a 2.52 ERA in 17 appearances against Cincinnati.

Houston lost the opener of the series 9-0, but rebounded to win 4-3 on Tuesday.

“It was just beautiful the way we won tonight,” said Adam Everett, who homered in the win. “Whenever you can get two-out hits and come through like we did tonight, it’s nice. Yesterday, things fell apart on us at the end so it was good to come back like this tonight.”

Cincinnati hopes that Ken Griffey Jr. can continue his recent hot hitting. He has hit safely in his last six games, going 10-for-21 with two homers to raise his average from .240 to .266.

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5.36 ERA 2.94
96 K 184
51 BB 48
1.50 WHIP 1.20