HOUSTON -- Andy Pettitte didn't need to be at his best to beat the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
Pettitte won for the eighth time in his last 10 decisions, leading the Houston Astros over the Brewers 8-3 in the finale of a disappointing homestand.
"After we scored five runs, I just got out of whack," Pettitte said. "I don't know why. It was frustrating for us to score five and I go right back out and give them two runs. They were right back in the game then. I was just missing and not throwing quite as many strikes as I'd like."
Pettitte (11-9) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings and struck out six, improving to 8-2 in his last 12 starts.
"I thought he had a good game," Astros manager Phil Garner said. "I don't think he had that good control like he usually does, but he had good finish on his pitches. And he still held them to just two runs."
Pettitte hit a batter for only the second time this season and walked two.
"He had good velocity and did a real good job all day," catcher Brad Ausmus said. "He lost the feeling for his mechanics in the middle innings but for the most part, he did what he always does, hold them down."
Chris Burke hit a three-run homer and doubled twice, tying his career high for hits and RBI. Houston, which went 6-7 on the homestand, remained a half-game behind Philadelphia in the NL wild-card race. The Astros have the most home wins in the major leagues, going 42-22 in Houston.
"It wasn't exactly what I wanted," Garner said of the homestand. "It's good to end on a winning note, but I had expected better."
Victor Santos (4-12) gave up seven runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.
"When you give Andy Pettitte five runs you're probably going to be in trouble," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "More often than not, you're not going to get a big inning off him so you've got to stay close."
Adam Everett's two-run homer in the second and Burke's homer in the third gave Houston a 5-0 lead. Everett has 10 homers, a career high.
Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run double to the top of the hill in straightaway center field in the fourth.
Rick Helling hit Jason Lane with a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth, and Jose Vizcaino blooped a single to right field for a 7-2 lead. Lane added a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Craig Biggio scored twice to tie Mickey Mantle for 24th on the runs list with 1,677. ... Houston's Jose Vizcaino started at third base for the first time this season and committed two errors in the first four innings. Vizcaino had started eight games at both first and second and seven games at shortstop. ... With 12 road games remaining, the Brewers are one short of matching their 2004 road wins total of 31.
|Players of the Game|
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|Rickie Weeks, 2B||2||0||0||0||2||1||0||.247|
|Chris Magruder, CF||2||2||1||0||0||0||1||.211|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.284|
|Carlos Lee, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.260|
|Geoff Jenkins, RF||4||0||1||2||0||1||1||.290|
|Bill Hall, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.268|
|Wes Helms, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.307|
|Damian Miller, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.258|
|Victor Santos, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.075|
|Rick Helling, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- J.J. Hardy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.202|
|Justin Lehr, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Corey Hart, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.217|
|Jose Capellan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jorge De La Rosa, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Helling in the 5th|
|b-grounded into a double play for Lehr in the 7th|
|2B - Chris Magruder (8, Burns), Geoff Jenkins (33, Pettitte)|
|SH - Chris Magruder (2)|
|RBI - Lyle Overbay (61), Geoff Jenkins 2 (62)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Helms-Weeks-Overbay|
|Victor Santos (L,4-12)||3.1||9||7||7||2||3||2||4.57|
|Jorge De La Rosa||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||4.38|
|IBB - Berkman by Rick Helling|
|HBP - Lane (by Rick Helling)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Victor Santos 74-0, Rick Helling 24-0, Justin Lehr 19-0, Jose Capellan 7-0, Jorge De La Rosa 17-0|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Victor Santos 4-3, Justin Lehr 1-4, Jorge De La Rosa 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Victor Santos 21, Rick Helling 5, Justin Lehr 7, Jose Capellan 3, Jorge De La Rosa 4|
|Willy Taveras, CF||4||1||2||0||1||0||0||.301|
|Craig Biggio, 2B||5||2||1||0||0||2||2||.275|
|Eric Bruntlett, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.203|
|Chris Burke, LF||4||3||3||3||1||1||0||.238|
|Lance Berkman, 1B||3||1||1||0||2||0||2||.289|
|Jason Lane, RF||2||0||0||2||0||0||2||.266|
|Jose Vizcaino, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.235|
|Adam Everett, SS||4||1||2||2||0||1||3||.244|
|Brad Ausmus, C||3||0||1||0||1||1||3||.247|
|Andy Pettitte, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||4||.091|
|a- Mike Lamb, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.209|
|Mike Burns, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Gallo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Pettitte in the 7th|
|2B - Chris Burke 2 (15, Santos, Lehr)|
|HR - Chris Burke (3, Santos), Adam Everett (10, Santos)|
|SF - Jason Lane (5)|
|RBI - Chris Burke 3 (21), Jason Lane 2 (61), Jose Vizcaino (14), Adam Everett 2 (45)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam Everett 2 (24)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Vizcaino-Biggio-Berkman, Pettitte-Everett-Berkman, Everett-Bruntlett-Berkman|
|E - Jose Vizcaino 2 (4, throwing error)|
|Andy Pettitte (W,11-9)||7||4||2||2||2||6||0||2.67|
|HBP - Magruder (by Andy Pettitte)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 100-0, Mike Burns 11-0, Mike Gallo 10-0|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 10-4, Mike Burns 1-0, Mike Gallo 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 27, Mike Burns 4, Mike Gallo 4|
|Attendance - 35712|
|Game Time - 2:43|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor|