Astros digging deep for wins in September

Astros digging deep for wins in September

HOUSTON -- The Astros haven't been a powerful club in 2010, ranking 28th in the Majors in home runs entering Friday. But they've had a way of making their homers count in September, with a three-run blast representing the winning margin in four of Houston's six wins in the month.

The latest dramatic home run came courtesy of rookie third baseman Chris Johnson on Thursday. Johnson's three-run shot in the bottom of the sixth erased a 2-0 deficit, sending the Astros to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers and pushing Houston to a 6-2 mark in September.

"When you're not scoring a lot of runs and you're not giving up many runs, any instant run is going to be really important," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "I think that's what you're seeing."

Indeed, the Astros' 2.31 ERA since Aug. 13 led the Majors entering Friday's action. As a team, Houston's 19-8 record since then is tops in the National League.