The Astros' second baseman was healthy, but manager Larry Dierker held him out of the starting lineup for the fifth time this season on a 92-degree afternoon and never found a chance use Biggio as a pinch-hitter in Houston's 5-3 loss.
"I'm not going to say I'm not a little upset about it," Biggio said. "But I really would have rather won the ballgame. I'll just have to start another one."
Biggio's streak was a team record, but he fell 13 seasons shy of matching Ripken's current total of 2,591 consecutive games.
Biggio had last missed a game on July 31, 1995. Albert Belle of the Chicago White Sox is now second to Ripken among active players with 283 consecutive games through Tuesday.
"We're here to win a division," said Biggio, 32. "We're not here to keep streaks alive. I took a lot of pride in going out there and playing every day, but the way the game went today, it didn't work out."
Dierker wanted to use Biggio as a pinch-hitter with a chance to tie the game. But with the Astros trailing 5-3, they went down in order in the eighth and ninth innings.
"I could not have imagined a scenario where we would lose a game and I would not find a way to use him to help us try to come back and win," Dierker said. "He just died on deck. That's the way it came out."
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