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Astros 6, Brewers 3

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HOUSTON -- Given a fresh start by Houston's new manager, Tim Redding responded with a stellar performance.

Redding pitched three-hit ball over five innings to lead the Astros 6-3 over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

"Phil (Garner) is unbelievable about pumping people up. He told me before the game that the slate was clean and to go out there like I was 0-0 with a zero ERA," Redding said after snapping a three-game losing streak.

"He said that he didn't care what my numbers were before, that I should just go out there tonight and pitch like it was Game 7 of the World Series," Redding added. "For him to come up to me and say that was very reassuring."

Adam Everett and pinch-hitter Jason Lane homered for the Astros, who had three sacrifice flies in the game. Houston improved to 4-5 since Garner replaced Jimy Williams as manager during the All-Star break.

Redding (4-6) was demoted to the bullpen after his start against Texas on June 26. He made four relief appearances for the Astros before making his 15th start of the season and struck out six and walked three.

Garner is optimistic about Redding's return to the starting rotation.

"This should definitely boost his confidence," Garner said. "Even though his command was not what we would have liked it to be, he didn't give up any runs."

Darren Oliver made his first appearance for Houston and struck out three in two scoreless innings. Houston acquired Oliver from Florida on Thursday.

Brad Lidge pitched the ninth for his 10th save.

Lane, pinch-hitting for Redding, hit his third homer of the season in a three-run fifth inning. Craig Biggio then singled and went to third on Everett's double. Biggio scored on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Beltran, and Everett scored Jeff Kent's sacrifice fly to make it 4-0.

Ben Hendrickson (0-3) gave up four runs -- three earned -- and seven hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out one.

"He showed improvement which was good," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "These young guys, when you bring them up, at times they're going to take their lumps. You just have to let them go through that."

Yost added: "I thought he was more confident and made better pitches. When he got in that bases-loaded jam, he didn't fold and he got out of it. That showed a lot."

Everett hit his sixth homer of the season in the seventh to give Houston a 5-0 advantage.

Milwaukee cut the deficit to 5-3 in the eighth behind consecutive homers by Lyle Overbay and pinch-hitter Brady Clark, both off reliever Mike Gallo. Overbay's homer, his 11th, came after a single by Geoff Jenkins. It was the first back-to-back home runs for the Brewers this season.

Lane added a sacrifice fly in the eighth to make it 6-3.

The Astros took the early lead in the first on an RBI single by Lance Berkman.

Houston loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth but was unable to score when Morgan Ensberg's groundball forced Berkman at the plate and Raul Chavez hit into a double play.

Notes

  • Biggio leads all major league leadoff hitters with 15 home runs.
  • The Houston bullpen leads the NL with 309 strikeouts. Lidge struck out two and leads all major league relievers with 88 strikeouts.
  • Milwaukee leads the NL in pinch-hits with 37.
  • Milwaukee has hit 17 home runs against Houston this season, its most against any team.


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Players of the Game
Houston

A. Everett
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Milwaukee

L. Overbay
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Scott Podsednik, CF4010010 .256
Craig Counsell, SS4010020 .253
Geoff Jenkins, LF4110012 .249
Lyle Overbay, 1B3112101 .339
Ben Grieve, RF2000111 .267
   a- Brady Clark, PH-RF1111000 .271
Wes Helms, 3B4000012 .260
Bill Hall, 2B4010021 .254
Gary Bennett, C2000101 .195
   b- Keith Ginter, PH1000000 .247
Ben Hendrickson, P2000023 .000
    Matt Wise, P0000000 .000
   c- Chris Magruder, PH1000010 .167
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .000
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
   d- Brooks Kieschnick, PH1000010 .326
Totals3336331211 
a-homered for Grieve in the 8th
b-lined out for Bennett in the 9th
c-struck out for Wise in the 7th
d-struck out for Vizcaino in the 9th
Batting
2B - Craig Counsell (11, Redding)
HR - Lyle Overbay (11, Gallo), Brady Clark (5, Gallo)
RBI - Lyle Overbay 2 (65), Brady Clark (24)
2-OUT RBI - Lyle Overbay 2 (21), Brady Clark (11)
SB - Scott Podsednik (38, 2nd base off Redding/Chavez)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Helms-Hall-Overbay, Hall-Overbay
E - Wes Helms 2 (10, Wild throw), Scott Podsednik (4, Wild throw)
Milwaukee Brewers
Ben Hendrickson (L,0-3) 4743111 9.75
Matt Wise 2000120 3.18
Jeff Bennett 1211021 4.44
Luis Vizcaino 1211000 3.38
IBB - Berkman by Matt Wise
Pitches-Strikes - Ben Hendrickson 73-45, Matt Wise 30-17, Jeff Bennett 17-11, Luis Vizcaino 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Hendrickson 9-2, Matt Wise 1-3, Luis Vizcaino 1-2
Batters Faced - Ben Hendrickson 20, Matt Wise 7, Jeff Bennett 5, Luis Vizcaino 5
Houston Astros
Craig Biggio, LF3120000 .305
    Darren Oliver, P0000000 .158
   a- Orlando Palmeiro, PH1000010 .224
    Mike Gallo, P0000000 .000
    Danny Miceli, P0000000 .500
   b- Jose Vizcaino, PH1000001 .292
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Adam Everett, SS3321000 .269
Carlos Beltran, CF3001012 .271
Lance Berkman, RF2021200 .297
Jeff Kent, 2B3011002 .287
Jeff Bagwell, 1B4110001 .270
Morgan Ensberg, 3B4000014 .260
Raul Chavez, C3010011 .202
   c- Mike Lamb, PH1010000 .317
    Brad Ausmus, C0000000 .232
Tim Redding, P1000011 .160
   d- Jason Lane, PH-LF2112000 .234
Totals3161162512 
a-struck out for Oliver in the 7th
b-grounded out for Miceli in the 8th
c-singled for Chavez in the 8th
d-homered for Redding in the 5th
Batting
2B - Adam Everett (14, Hendrickson)
3B - Lance Berkman (2, J. Bennett)
HR - Adam Everett (6, J. Bennett), Jason Lane (3, Hendrickson)
SF - Carlos Beltran (5), Jeff Kent (9), Jason Lane (1)
SH - Adam Everett (22)
RBI - Adam Everett (25), Carlos Beltran (71), Lance Berkman (62), Jeff Kent (55), Jason Lane 2 (11)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Craig Biggio (4, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
Tim Redding (W,4-6) 5300360 5.66
Darren Oliver 2000030 6.23
Mike Gallo 0.2333012 4.30
Danny Miceli (H,16) 0.1000000 3.88
Brad Lidge (S,10) 1000020 2.41
IBB - Bennett by Tim Redding
WP - Tim Redding (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Redding 98-54, Darren Oliver 24-16, Mike Gallo 22-14, Danny Miceli 2-2, Brad Lidge 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Redding 3-6, Darren Oliver 1-2, Mike Gallo 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Redding 21, Darren Oliver 6, Mike Gallo 5, Danny Miceli 1, Brad Lidge 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40334
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dan Iassogna