HOUSTON -- Considering the Astros were trailing by just two runs and it was only the fifth inning, the fact Astros infielder Scott Moore dropped down a bunt for the first hit of the game against Brewers starter Mark Rogers on Friday didn't violate any baseball sportsmanship rules.
Rogers, who was denied his first career win when the Astros rallied for two in the ninth inning, admitted he was surprised Moore -- the No. 5 hitter in the lineup -- bunted.
"I wasn't really thinking about [a no-hitter] that early, but I was a little bit surprised he bunted, to be honest with you," Rogers said. "I didn't expect Scott to bunt, and I've known him for a while."
Moore, who used to have the same agent as Rogers, said he bunted because Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez was playing deep. Moore said he believes it was his first bunt hit, and he wound up scoring the Astros' first run.
"In Milwaukee [last month], I noticed that Ramirez was playing back and I tried to bunt there as well," he said. "It wasn't a pitch for me to bunt and I pulled it back. My first at-bat [Friday] he was playing me back again, so my second at-bat I took a peek and he was still back. It's a 2-0 game and we're trying to get base runners and it worked."
Rogers didn't think it was a broach of etiquette.
"It was a close game and they're trying to get baserunners, so I should have done a better job of getting off the mound and making a play on it," he said.