Houston at Milwaukee

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Astros 10, Brewers 4

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MILWAUKEE -- Houston manager Phil Garner isn't worrying about the standings until his Astros reach the .500 mark.

Lance Berkman had two home runs and four RBI, and Jason Hirsh pitched six-plus strong innings to lead the Houston Astros to a 10-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

Houston won its third straight game to move into second place in the NL Central, one-half game ahead of Cincinnati. The last time the Astros (70-71) were in second was May 6.

"We're one game closer to .500 and that's our goal," Garner said. "We want to get to .500. We got there (before) and had trouble pushing over. We've got to get over the hump."

Berkman agreed: "It's what we've said all along. We've got to get to .500 before we can even think about making a run at the postseason. We've been close a couple times but haven't been able to get over the hump. Maybe this is the time we can get over .500 and make up some ground on these guys we've been chasin'."

Adam Everett and Luke Scott also homered for Houston, sending Milwaukee to its third straight loss and 13th in 15 games.

"We didn't hit the ball against (Hirsh)," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "We didn't do much against him. It was just one of those nights where we got beat."

Hirsh (3-3) gave up four hits while starting for Roger Clemens, who remains day-to-day after he left Monday's game with a strained right groin. Houston starters have allowed three runs or fewer in each of the last 11 games.

"My mentality going out there is a lot better," Hirsh said. "I'm just going out there throwing strikes and letting the ball work. It definitely makes it easier to go out and throw strikes. A lot less pressure. It's a lot more comfortable when you have a lead."

Berkman homered in the first to give Houston a 3-0 lead and added a solo shot, his 39th of the season, in the seventh. In his last three games, Berkman is 7-for-11 with eight RBI.

"The three-run home run by Berkman was large," Garner said. "That puts a damper on them right away. It puts the defense on their heels because they can't throw the ball over the plate. We take advantage of it by scoring a bunch of runs."

Milwaukee starter Tomo Ohka (4-5) allowed six earned runs, five walks and three hits in two-plus innings. It was the right-hander's shortest outing since he threw two innings with Montreal against Florida on Sept. 6, 2003.

Ohka, who threw 36 pitches in the first inning, has just one victory in his last nine starts and dropped to 1-4 in eight career starts against Houston.

"He struggled with his command from the get-go," Yost said.

Scott hit a two-run triple for a 6-0 lead in the third and Everett followed with a two-run homer, his fifth of the season, two batters later.

After Milwaukee's David Bell hit his eighth home run of the season in the third to make it 8-1, Scott connected on a solo shot in the fifth, his fifth of the season.

Bell had an RBI single in the seventh and Corey Hart hit his eighth homer, a two-run shot in the eighth, to close the scoring.

"It's tough when you look up and you're already down eight," Hart said. "But that was early. We still had a chance. But it definitely makes for a long night."

Notes

Houston is 10-4 against Milwaukee this year. ... Berkman has five multihomer games this year and 19 in his career. ... Damian Miller pinch-hit in the third inning after he left the game Friday with a concussion after being hit by a pitch. ... Milwaukee reliever Chris Spurling, claimed off waivers from Detroit on Friday, entered the game in the fourth and extended the Brewers' franchise record to 27 pitchers used this season. ... Hirsh earned his first major league win against Milwaukee on Aug. 17. ... Ohka had pitched at least four innings in every start this year.

 
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Houston Astros
Willy Taveras, CF4100224 .276
Mike Lamb, 3B-1B4110111 .307
Lance Berkman, 1B3334100 .312
    Chris Burke, 2B1000002 .284
Aubrey Huff, RF-3B4220103 .270
Luke Scott, LF4223112 .369
Craig Biggio, 2B4000003 .249
    Jason Lane, RF1010000 .211
Adam Everett, SS3123100 .238
    Eric Bruntlett, SS1000012 .258
Brad Ausmus, C3000213 .230
Jason Hirsh, P3000031 .000
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
   a- Morgan Ensberg, PH1000000 .231
    Dave Borkowski, P0000000 .000
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   b- Orlando Palmeiro, PH1000003 .222
    Fernando Nieve, P0000000 .125
Totals371011109924 
a-lined out for Springer in the 8th
b-lined out for Qualls in the 9th
Batting
2B - Aubrey Huff (23, Ohka)
3B - Luke Scott (3, Gonzalez)
HR - Lance Berkman 2 (39, Ohka, Helling), Luke Scott (5, Spurling), Adam Everett (5, Gonzalez)
RBI - Lance Berkman 4 (120), Luke Scott 3 (19), Adam Everett 3 (54)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Everett (26)
SB - Willy Taveras (30, 2nd base off Ohka/Rivera)
CS - Adam Everett (5, 2nd base by Ohka/Rivera)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Willy Taveras (4, )
Houston Astros
Jason Hirsh (W,3-3) 6422341 6.10
Russ Springer 1000000 3.78
Dave Borkowski0322101 4.45
Trever Miller 0.1000010 3.32
Chad Qualls 0.2000010 4.15
Fernando Nieve 1100020 3.93
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hirsh 93-58, Russ Springer 13-9, Dave Borkowski 16-8, Trever Miller 5-3, Chad Qualls 11-6, Fernando Nieve 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hirsh 8-6, Russ Springer 1-2
Batters Faced - Jason Hirsh 25, Russ Springer 3, Dave Borkowski 4, Trever Miller 1, Chad Qualls 2, Fernando Nieve 4
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF5000022 .268
Tony Graffanino, 2B5120000 .276
Corey Hart, LF4122111 .291
Prince Fielder, 1B4010012 .273
Bill Hall, SS2110200 .262
Geoff Jenkins, RF3000124 .256
David Bell, 3B4122002 .268
Mike Rivera, C4000014 .261
Tomo Ohka, P0000000 .133
    Geremi Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
   a- Damian Miller, PH1000000 .252
    Chris Spurling, P0000000 .000
   b- Kevin Mench, PH1000010 .268
    Rick Helling, P0000000 .000
   c- Jeff Cirillo, PH1000002 .330
    Dennis Sarfate, P0000000 .000
    Dan Kolb, P0000000 .000
   d- Vinny Rottino, PH1000000 .143
Totals354844817 
a-grounded out for Gonzalez in the 3rd
b-struck out for Spurling in the 5th
c-flied out for Helling in the 7th
d-flied out for Kolb in the 9th
Batting
2B - Tony Graffanino (29, Nieve), Prince Fielder (29, Borkowski), Bill Hall (34, Hirsh)
HR - Corey Hart (8, Borkowski), David Bell (8, Hirsh)
RBI - Corey Hart 2 (23), David Bell 2 (49)
SB - David Bell (3, 2nd base off Springer/Ausmus)
Team LOB - 8
Milwaukee Brewers
Tomo Ohka (L,4-5) 2366521 4.83
Geremi Gonzalez 1222021 5.04
Chris Spurling 2211011 3.38
Rick Helling 2211121 4.11
Dennis Sarfate 1100100 0.00
Dan Kolb 1100220 4.91
WP - Tomo Ohka (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Tomo Ohka 57-25, Geremi Gonzalez 20-12, Chris Spurling 35-23, Rick Helling 42-23, Dennis Sarfate 22-15, Dan Kolb 31-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tomo Ohka 1-2, Chris Spurling 1-4, Rick Helling 2-2
Batters Faced - Tomo Ohka 13, Geremi Gonzalez 5, Chris Spurling 8, Rick Helling 9, Dennis Sarfate 5, Dan Kolb 6
Game Information
Attendance - 31216
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Larry Young, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez