Giants' Offense Nonexistent, Blanked 6-0

Wandy Rodriguez pitched eight innings and had a two-run single to lead the Houston Astros to a 6-0 victory over the slumping San Francisco Giants on Friday night.

The Astros were leading 2-0 in the sixth inning when Carlos Corporan hit an RBI single with two outs and Rodriguez followed with a long single down the right field line on the first pitch from Ryan Vogelsong (10-3).

The Giants have lost 15 of their last 21 games, including four of five.

The Astros won their third straight game. Houston had not won more than two straight games since it had a four-game run May 30-June 2, the longest streak of the season.

Rodriguez (9-9) allowed five hits, struck out eight and walked two. It was his third eight-inning performance of the season.

Houston's 41-84 record is the worst in the majors.

Brian Bogusevic, who hit a walkoff grand slam against Chicago on Tuesday, made it 6-0 with a homer off Guillermo Mota in the eighth.

It was the Astro's fourth shutout of the season and their first since June 30 against Texas.

Vogelsong had won four of his previous five decisions. He pitched seven innings, allowed four hits, two earned runs and walked four with three strikeouts.

The Astros struck first in the third. Clint Barmes walked to start the inning and Corporan doubled before J.S. Shuck doubled down the right field line to make it 2-0.

Vogelsong walked the bases loaded in the fifth inning but escaped when J.D. Martinez took a called third strike.

Rodriguez escaped a two-on, two-outs close call in the second when Mike Fontenot hit a single to right fielder Bogusevic, who made a clean throw to the plate for the tag on Aubrey Huff.

Notes: San Francisco has a 27-15 record at Minute Maid Park, the best of any major league team. The Giants lead the majors with a 32-0 record in games they led by three or more runs. INF Jeff Keppinger returned to Minute Maid Park for the first time since the Astros traded him to the Giants in July. He popped out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth The Giants have used the DL 21 times this season. The Astros are first in the NL and fourth in the majors with 240 doubles. OF George Springer, the Astros No. 1 draft pick, took batting practice before the game. "I just didn't want to miss the first pitch," he said. He didn't. With family looking on, he drove a fly to deep right field.


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