Houston at Milwaukee

W: A. Pettitte (3-5) L: C. Capuano (4-4)
S: B. Lidge (10)
HR: HOU - M. Lamb (2)   MIL - C. Magruder (2)

Astros 2, Brewers 1

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

MILWAUKEE -- Once Andy Pettitte was convinced his arm was sound, he only worried about pitching.

Pettitte pitched six shutout innings and the Houston Astros won a road series for the first time this year with a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

Pettitte (3-5) missed his last start due to tightness in his left elbow, but snapped a personal three-game losing streak to win for the first time since May 2. He gave up consecutive hits to begin the game, but did not allow another hit until the sixth inning.

The left-hander said he started the game pitching tentatively, but realized he needed to pitch aggressively after the first two batters reached.

"I was feeling for it a little bit the first couple of hitters. Basically, I guess, not wanting it to tighten up on me," he said. "Then it was just, 'You're going to have to throw it."'

With runners on second and third and no outs, Pettitte retired Geoff Jenkins, Carlos Lee and Damian Miller in order.

"You're not going to get a ton of chances against a guy like Pettitte," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "In those situations, you have to at least get one."

Dan Wheeler pitched the seventh and the eighth. Brad Lidge allowed hits to his first two batters in the ninth, but got Lee to pop out and Miller to hit into a double play to end the game, completing the six-hitter and earning his 10th save in 12 chances.

"It was not how you draw it up, but we got it done," Lidge said.

Houston had only five hits but improved to 5-22 on the road by winning two of three from the Brewers. The Astros lost their first eight road series of the year.

"Our team is playing a lot better right now," said Lidge, whose team returns to Houston for a six-game homestand against Cincinnati and St. Louis.

Mike Lamb hit his second home run of the season in the first off Chris Capuano (4-4) to give Houston a 1-0 lead.

Brady Clark singled and Junior Spivey doubled to open the bottom of the first, but Jenkins, hitting .191 with runners in scoring position, struck out. Pettitte then got Lee to pop out and struck out Miller to end the inning.

"That was big," Pettitte said.

The Brewers didn't get another runner into scoring position off Pettitte. The left-hander threw 78 pitches in six innings, giving up only three hits and one walk while striking out eight.

Pettitte made a key offensive play to help Houston make it 2-0 in the fifth. Brad Ausmus walked, and moved to second on Pettitte's sacrifice bunt.

With two outs, Eric Bruntlett hit a line drive to center. Clark, Milwaukee's center fielder, left his feet in a dive, but missed the ball and it rolled to the wall for a triple, scoring Ausmus.

Clark said he would not have dived for the ball had Ausmus still been at first, instead likely holding Bruntlett to a single.

"It was a do-or-die situation," Clark said. "With the way Pettitte was pitching, I was trying to stop the run from scoring."

Pinch-hitter Chris Magruder hit his second homer of the year off Wheeler in the eighth.

Capuano again was plagued by a lack of run support. In his last four starts, the Brewers have scored only five runs.

The left-hander pitched 7 2/3 innings, giving up two runs and five hits. He walked four and struck out five.


It was the first time the Astros won a road series since Sept. 24-26, when they also took two of three in Milwaukee. ... Capuano has given up at least one home run in seven of his last eight starts. ... Brewers 1B Lyle Overbay was given the day off with Pettitte on the mound. Overbay is hitting .195 against left-handers. ... Houston's Craig Biggio was out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game. He has been bothered by a sore hip, and pinch-hit in the seventh. ... Brewers INF Bill Hall made his first start of the season at third. He also has started at second and shortstop.

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Players of the Game

A. Pettitte
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 8

E. Bruntlett
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Houston Astros
Willy Taveras, CF4000023 .244
Eric Bruntlett, 2B4021021 .160
Mike Lamb, 1B4111001 .207
Lance Berkman, LF4020000 .229
Morgan Ensberg, 3B2000201 .280
Jason Lane, RF3000013 .218
Adam Everett, SS4000002 .220
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Andy Pettitte, P0000000 .000
   a- Craig Biggio, PH1000001 .295
    Dan Wheeler, P0000000 .000
   b- Todd Self, PH1000010 .250
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
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b-struck out for Wheeler in the 9th
2B - Lance Berkman (3, Capuano)
3B - Eric Bruntlett (1, Capuano)
HR - Mike Lamb (2, Capuano)
SH - Andy Pettitte 2 (6)
RBI - Eric Bruntlett (1), Mike Lamb (21)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Bruntlett (1), Mike Lamb (9)
CS - Morgan Ensberg 2 (6, 2nd base by Capuano/D. Miller, 2nd base by Capuano/D. Miller)
PK - Eric Bruntlett (1, Capuano)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Ausmus-Ensberg-Lamb
Houston Astros
Andy Pettitte (W,3-5) 6300180 3.71
Dan Wheeler (H,3) 2111011 1.66
Brad Lidge (S,10) 1200000 3.27
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 85-53, Dan Wheeler 20-16, Brad Lidge 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 4-5, Dan Wheeler 4-1, Brad Lidge 1-1
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 21, Dan Wheeler 7, Brad Lidge 4
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF4020010 .335
Junior Spivey, 2B3020111 .242
Geoff Jenkins, RF4010014 .266
Carlos Lee, LF4000004 .264
Damian Miller, C4000023 .268
Bill Hall, 3B3000010 .299
Wes Helms, 1B3000010 .282
J.J. Hardy, SS3000010 .178
Chris Capuano, P2000010 .087
    Ricky Bottalico, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Magruder, PH1111000 .273
    Julio Santana, P0000000 .000
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2B - Junior Spivey (8, Pettitte)
HR - Chris Magruder (2, Wheeler)
RBI - Chris Magruder (6)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Magruder (3)
CS - Junior Spivey (3, 2nd base by Pettitte/Ausmus)
Team LOB - 4
E - Bill Hall (4, throwing error)
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano (L,4-4) 7.2522451 3.01
Ricky Bottalico 0.1000100 3.44
Julio Santana 1000010 3.21
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Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 114-72, Ricky Bottalico 9-4, Julio Santana 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 9-7
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 31, Ricky Bottalico 2, Julio Santana 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34402
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Joe Brinkman