*** FREDI GONZALEZ
“Nice to win the series. Got a little two-game winning streak, got a day off tomorrow, kind of re-group a little then we’ve got a tough stretch with  in a row. And it’s nice to get home, get home and unpack the suitcase and kind of settle in a little bit.”
“I though Delgado gave us everything we were looking for. He hadn’t pitched in seven or eight days and we weren’t going to push him to over 100 pitches. So he gave us a nice outing.
“Rossy today was outstanding. With Carlos Lee at the plate in the fifth, he back-picked that guy at second base. For me that was the turning point in the game. And he comes up with a couple of hits and did a nice job of getting through some of these innings that were difficult.
“These guys [Astros] — I know it’s a young season but you look up at the scoreboard and everybody’s hitting .360. Everybody has a a terrific approach at the plate, those young kids over there. And the last thing you want to see in the game is Carlos Lee at the plate with him being the tying run and some pretty decent numbers against Kimbrel. So I’m glad we got out of there without anything getting too crazy in the ninth.”
“He’s swinging the bat. He did a nice job. We played pretty good baseball. We did a terrific job running the bases; I thought Prado did a terrific job going from first to third on that one ball [in the seventh]. We ended up going to second and third with Chipper and Uggla [due up], and we didn’t get a run and I’m thinking, man, the way this game is going that’s going to be huge. Heyward hit a home run to get us back to two runs. It was good. They made a couple of miscues and we took advantage.”
On David Ross being best backup catcher in the league
“There’s no question. He’s in the game, he runs the pitching staff, he knows his role, he’s a great clubhouse guy – those guys are hard to find. He complements Mac terrifically. And he’s a right-handed hitter. Not really worried about playing all the time. And those two guys have great rapport, McCann and him. It’s a nice piece to have.”
On getting his first start of season
“I was nervous today. I was in the bathroom a lot today with all the nerves.”
“It felt good. It felt good to help the team win. It’s always nervewracking when you haven’t played in a while. This was kind of like my opening day – a lot of excitement, a lot of nerves, a lot of adrenaline. It was fun to get in there and get some hits. Randall did a great job. It was fun catching him. Our bullpen did great, as usual.
“That’s a scrappy team. They’re better than a lot of people give them credit for. They give tough at-bats.
“I’m happy that we won, happy for our team, and we’re all happy to be heading home to some familiar faces.”
On two games ago, not worried but…
“It’s 162 games, but let’s be honest, we all want to win. I mean, this is why we compete, is to win. We’re disappointed every time we lose. There’s not one person in here who’s like, ‘Oh, no big deal, we’ll get ‘em tomorrow.’ That takes an hour or two, or till you get to the ballpark the next day, depending what kind of game you had. But it stinks to lose.
“It nice to win a series, and hopefully this puts us on a little roll. We’ll go home and we’ve got opening day at home, everybody’s excited about that. It feels like we’ve been on the road for a long time, because of the exhibition game [against prospects] and not settling in after spring training and all that. So I think everybody’s excited about being home.”
On helping out with more than hits today
“The best thing about being a catcher is that you don’t have to get hits to help with the game. If you win, you feel like you had a big part of it. That’s the great thing about catching. My most important job is getting the pitcher through the game, trying to keep those guys off the bases, hold them to basically one run less than we get. That’s what I was able to do with the help of a great pitching staff and guys executing pitches, making pitches. And if I get a hit and drive in some runs, that makes me sleep well at night.”
“As soon as he figures out … he had some nerves when guys got on, and tried to be a little fast. I think he was just really amped up to try to get them out. I think as soon as he just settles in and calms down, he’s going to be great. He threw great tonight, his ball was moving all over the place. We’re expecting good things out of him. We’re expecting him to [eventually] be one of our top-of-the-rotation guys, and I think he’s going to do that.”
“I had to talk to him about how, if we score three or four runs we can’t walk that first guy [in the next inning], or go 3-2. Little things like that he’ll learn to make it easier on himself. You’ve got the other team on their heels, they were just out there for a long time. Throw strike 1, throw strike 2, be aggressive and don’t let them get back in the game. Be aggressive, make your pitches and then you can be back in the dugout letting us hit again.
“Just little things like that, where he’s learning about stuff.”
“Win a series, go into your home opener winning two games in a row — it’s a good feeling for us.”
The four games you lost at the start…
“I wouldn’t say four games don’t matter. They matter. Because at the end of the season it comes down to the last few. But it’s definitely good to get some momentum going. You’re going to lose four games at some time during the season. You just want to get that first win and let the good times roll.”
Are you running more this year?
“Yeah, man. You’ve just got to be able to make something happen on the bases. You can help out your hitter behind him, make the pitcher pay a little bit more attention to you. Take the extra base and get into scoring position.”
On getting big homer to move lead back to two runs in eighth
“It feels good. I know the pitchers thank us every time we can get an extra run for them going into the next inning, and it was kind of a momentum-killer for [the Astros].”
On going home
“We haven’t played at home in a long time, haven’t been at home and sat down for a long time. So that’ll be pretty nice.”
On his changeup
“I was working on it in the bullpen, trying to keep it down in the zone.”
On not pitching in more than a week
“I had a good rest. That helped me today.”
On importance of winning this last game on the trip
“That’s why I tried to concentrate today, tried to keep the game as close as possible. The team was playing good. We had a good day.”
On David Ross
“Awesome. I was following him the whole time. He knows about this game.”
Ball hit him in the left shin
“Maybe tomorrow it’ll hurt.”