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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, April 7, 2010

MLB: Renteria gets 5 hits, Giants sweep Astros 10-4

AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON Edgar Renteria tied a career high with five hits and the San Francisco Giants broke away from the Houston Astros 10-4 Wednesday to complete a season-opening three-game sweep.

The Giants are 3-0 for the first time since 2003, when they began with a sweep at San Diego and won seven straight. Houston last started 0-3 in 2007.

It was 4-all when Juan Uribe doubled in the eighth inning and scored the go-ahead run when Sammy Gervacio (0-1) threw away a bunt. The Giants added another run in the inning, then scored four times in the ninth.

Aaron Rowand had four of the Giants' 19 hits. John Bowker had a two-run homer and Travis Ishikawa added his first career pinch-hit home run.

Jeremy Affeldt (1-0) got the win in relief of Matt Cain, who allowed six hits and three earned runs in 6 2-3 innings.

Astros starter Brett Myers gave up a career-high 12 hits and four runs in six-plus innings in his Astros debut.

Rowand, the Giants' leadoff man, and Renteria, the No. 2 hitter, each drove in two runs.

Uribe made it 5-4 when he scooted home after Gervacio overthrew third base on a sacrifice by Eli Whiteside. Rowand had an RBI single later in the eighth.

Uribe hit an RBI double to highlight the ninth.

The Astros scored three runs in the seventh that made it 4-all. Pinch-hitter Cory Sullivan hit a two-out, two-run triple that Rowand bobbled before dropping near the hill in center field. That finished Cain, and the speedy Michael Bourn tied it when he barely beat the throw on a single off Affeldt.

Rowand tripled in the seventh inning when both Bourn and Hunter Pence had trouble scooping up the ball. Renteria drove him in with a single that made it 4-1 and chased Myers.

Bowker's two-run homer that landed in the bullpen in right-center field in the second. It was his first career hit against Myers after striking out in his previous three at-bats against him.

The Giants pushed the lead to 3-0 in the third when Renteria scored as Mark DeRosa grounded into a double play.

Pedro Feliz doubled twice for the Astros, including an RBI hit in the fourth.