In Game 1 on Saturday night at Chicago, the Astros were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and lost, 5-3. On Sunday in the driving rain at U.S. Cellular Park, they tied the score, 6-6, in the top of the ninth, but stranded the potential winning run on second when pinch-hitter Mike Lamb flied out. Two batters into the bottom of the inning, Brad Lidge allowed Scott Podsednik's walk-off homer.The margin of difference in losing three games for the Astros has been five runs. "A hit here or a hit there and we'd be leading this series 3-0," said Lane, whose homer staked the usually reliable Roy Oswalt to a 4-0 lead on Tuesday night. "We've played some good games up to this point, but we haven't played a complete game." It was a long night in more ways than one. "That game took a lot out of us," Lane said. "It was a grind. The guys were out there battling and we didn't get the hit when we needed it. But I thought we played tough."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.