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• Houston scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning to seal its Game 1 win in Atlanta. The Astros scored five-or-more runs in an inning only seven times during the 2005 regular season, by far the fewest such big innings for any team in the major leagues. Every other team scored five-or-more runs in an inning at least 12 times.
• The Astros scored in five different innings and Craig Biggio helped the cause in each of those frames. He singled in the first, doubled in the third, had a sac fly in the fourth, a sac bunt in the seventh and he was intentionally walked in the eighth. Since 1954, when Major League Baseball restored the sacrifice-fly scoring rule, only one other major-league player had a hit, a walk, a sac bunt and a sac fly in a postseason game: the Giants' Rich Aurilia, who did that in Game 3 of the 2002 NLCS against the Cardinals.
• Morgan Ensberg did something Wednesday that was not done by any major-league player in any game during the 2005 regular season: Drive in at least five runs without the benefit of an extra-base hit. Ensberg tied a postseason record -- Toronto's Tony Fernandez (in Game 4 of the 1993 World Series) and Arizona's Danny Bautista (in Game 6 of the 2001 World Series) also had five RBI without a double, triple or home run.