- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 13, 2009

PHOENIX (AP) - Houston first baseman Lance Berkman hit his 300th career home run on Saturday.

With a runner aboard in the sixth inning, Berkman hit a 1-0 delivery from Arizona’s Jon Garland into the right-field seats to give the Astros a 3-1 lead.

It was Berkman’s team-leading 12th homer this season, and it came two batters after teammate Miguel Tejada had singled home a run for his 2,000th career hit.

Berkman, who homered from the left side, became the seventh switch-hitter all-time to hit 300 homers _ a list topped by Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, who hit 536 homers.

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