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    Tejada makes good on promise to ailing child
    Associated Press

    Updated: May 3, 2008, 9:05 AM EST

    When Miguel Tejada met 8-year-old Jacob Scott on Friday, he was so touched by the little boy with muscular dystrophy he promised him a home run.

    Tejada fulfilled his vow by hitting the first of three straight Houston home runs in a 7-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Astros hit five homers in the game.

    "I was so excited," said Tejada, who'd never promised a home run before. "I know it's hard to tell someone you'll hit a home run and do it. But today when I went to lunch with this kid I wanted him to be happy. So I told him I'd do it."

    The Astros trailed 4-2 before Tejada's two-run shot to left off starter Carlos Villanueva with one out in the sixth. Lance Berkman followed with his home run to almost the exact spot in left to make it 5-4 and give Houston its first lead of the game.

    Carlos Lee then completed the string of home runs.

    It was the fifth time in franchise history Houston had hit three straight homers. The last time came on Aug. 31, 2004, when Berkman teamed with Carlos Beltran and Jeff Bagwell.

    The power display was in sync with a pre-game pledge by Citgo to donate $10,000 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association for every home run the Astros hit Friday.

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    Nice story. Tejada is a good player, we all know, but I never knew who was a decent man too.
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