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Milwaukee at Houston

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Astros 8, Brewers 7

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HOUSTON -- Andy Pettitte wouldn't get too excited over his first win since last July.

Pettitte pitched seven strong innings, Willy Taveras had an RBI triple and the Houston Astros held on for an 8-7 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night.

Pettitte (1-1), who had season-ending elbow surgery Aug. 13, scattered five hits, gave up three runs and struck out five in his fourth start of the season. He last won on July 21 against Arizona. It was also the left-hander's first home win since beating the Mets on May 15.

"Everybody else had a win so I was starting to get a little grouchy," Pettitte said. "It was nice to get the first win on the board after my surgery, but I gave up that home run to (Geoff) Jenkins on a bad pitch. I'm just still dealing with a lot of stuff with my arm. I'm not close to being there. My first few starts, I would tighten up early and then loosen up later in the game. Tonight, I tightened up later."

Pettitte originally hurt his elbow batting in his Astros debut last year, his first in Houston after nine seasons with the New York Yankees. On Thursday, he had a sacrifice fly to give the Astros a 6-1 lead.

Astros manager Phil Garner certainly had no complaints.

"Andy pitched well," Garner said. "He had better velocity this time, though perhaps his control wasn't as good. But I'm glad to see him get a win. He has been throwing well this year. He could very easily have won all of his games."

Trailing 8-3 in the ninth the Brewers rallied for four runs, highlighted by Brady Clark's three-run homer off closer Brad Lidge with two outs. Lidge, who was called on to face Clark, then struck out Junior Spivey for his fifth save.

"As down as our team has been, there was definitely some positives," shortstop J.J. Hardy said. "To get some runs off their better pitchers, it was a great thing for Brady."

Manager Ned Yost agreed.

"There were some good signs out there tonight offensively," Yost said. "We're starting to show some signs of coming out. Not many things are going our way but you see some bright side of the tunnel with the they way we came back."

Doug Davis (2-2) went 5 1/3 innings and allowed six runs -- five earned -- on five hits and four walks for Milwaukee. He struck out four.

Davis loaded the bases in the fourth inning with no outs before getting Chris Burke to pop out for the first out. Brad Ausmus then hit an easy grounder to third baseman Wes Helms, whose throw to second went into center field for an error and gave Houston its first two runs.

Milwaukee got a run back in the fifth inning when Jenkins doubled off the center-field wall, went to third on a groundout and scored on Helms' grounder to third.

The Astros scored four in the sixth inning to go up 6-1. Burke had an RBI double, Ausmus a run-scoring single, Taveras an RBI triple that chased Davis and Pettitte added a sacrifice fly off reliever Wes Obermueller.

Jenkins hit a two-run homer into the Crawford boxes in left in the seventh inning to close it to 6-3. Jenkins finished 2-for-3 with three runs.

Ensberg's RBI single to left stretched the lead to 7-3 in the seventh and Craig Biggio was hit by a pitch from Matt Wise with the bases loaded in the eighth to make it 8-3.

Notes

Adam Everett left the game in the eighth inning with a mild strain of his left hamstring. He is day to day. ... It was the first time Pettitte faced the Brewers since shutting them out April 22, 1997. ... After not having a left-handed relief performance in 2004, the Brewers have 12 this season, six by Tommy Phelps and six by Jorge De La Rosa, including his appearance Thursday. ... Jeff Bagwell went 0-for-2 against Davis and is 2-for-23 lifetime against him.

 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

B. Clark
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Houston

B. Ausmus
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF5123000 .350
Junior Spivey, 2B5000031 .231
Lyle Overbay, 1B4010020 .264
Carlos Lee, LF4120002 .217
Geoff Jenkins, RF3322001 .213
Damian Miller, C3010102 .326
Wes Helms, 3B3001012 .000
    Jorge De La Rosa, P0000000 .000
    Matt Wise, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Magruder, PH1110000 .238
J.J. Hardy, SS3000001 .111
   b- Bill Hall, PH1001000 .158
Doug Davis, P2000010 .000
    Wes Obermueller, P0000000 .000
   c- Jeff Cirillo, PH-3B1100100 .154
Totals35797279 
a-doubled for Wise in the 9th
b-grounded out for Hardy in the 9th
c-flied out for Obermueller in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Lee (5, Pettitte), Geoff Jenkins (2, Pettitte), Chris Magruder (3, Harville)
HR - Brady Clark (3, Lidge), Geoff Jenkins (2, Pettitte)
RBI - Brady Clark 3 (11), Geoff Jenkins 2 (4), Wes Helms (1), Bill Hall (1)
2-OUT RBI - Brady Clark 3 (7)
SB - Carlos Lee (1, 3rd base off Pettitte/Ausmus)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Spivey-Overbay
E - Jorge De La Rosa (1, Wild throw), Wes Helms (1, Wild throw), Junior Spivey (2, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Doug Davis (L,2-2) 5.1565440 4.76
Wes Obermueller 1.2311010 2.25
Jorge De La Rosa0010200 2.57
Matt Wise 1000010 1.00
HBP - Biggio (by Matt Wise)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 107-66, Wes Obermueller 16-12, Jorge De La Rosa 15-5, Matt Wise 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 7-6, Wes Obermueller 3-1, Jorge De La Rosa 1-0, Matt Wise 1-1
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 26, Wes Obermueller 8, Jorge De La Rosa 3, Matt Wise 4
Houston Astros
Adam Everett, SS4000022 .200
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   a- Orlando Palmeiro, PH-LF0000000 .375
Craig Biggio, 2B3001102 .333
    Mike Lamb, 1B0000000 .235
Jeff Bagwell, 1B4100104 .214
    John Franco, P0000000 .000
    Chad Harville, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Jason Lane, RF5220013 .371
Morgan Ensberg, 3B3111213 .283
Chris Burke, LF-2B4121003 .280
Brad Ausmus, C4112002 .184
Willy Taveras, CF3221112 .313
Andy Pettitte, P1001012 .000
    Eric Bruntlett, SS0000100 .000
Totals318876623 
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Qualls in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jason Lane 2 (8, Davis, Obermueller), Chris Burke (1, Davis)
3B - Willy Taveras (2, Davis)
SF - Andy Pettitte (1)
SH - Orlando Palmeiro (2), Andy Pettitte (1)
RBI - Craig Biggio (8), Morgan Ensberg (6), Chris Burke (2), Brad Ausmus 2 (4), Willy Taveras (4), Andy Pettitte (1)
2-OUT RBI - Morgan Ensberg (4)
SB - Brad Ausmus (1, 2nd base off Davis/D. Miller)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Ensberg-Biggio-Bagwell
Houston Astros
Andy Pettitte (W,1-1) 7533151 3.55
Chad Qualls 1200010 1.86
John Franco0011000 5.40
Chad Harville 0.2122100 4.91
Brad Lidge (S,5) 0.1111011 1.04
HBP - Jenkins (by John Franco)
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 91-59, Chad Qualls 21-16, John Franco 3-2, Chad Harville 23-14, Brad Lidge 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 11-4, Chad Qualls 1-1, Chad Harville 1-1
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 26, Chad Qualls 5, John Franco 1, Chad Harville 4, Brad Lidge 2
Game Information
Attendance - 32173
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - John Hirschbeck