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Milwaukee at Houston

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Biggio, Berkman power Astros over Brew Crew

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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HOUSTON -- On the day he was honored by the Houston Astros, Craig Biggio hit one big home run and called another.

Biggio homered in the fifth inning and Lance Berkman hit a tiebreaking shot leading off the eighth to start a four-run rally that sent Houston to a 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

In a ceremony before the game, the Astros honored Biggio for reaching 3,000 hits and his 20 years of service overall. Then in the sixth, Biggio told Berkman he would hit a game winner.

"Then he hits it on the first pitch," Biggio said. "It kind of gives you goose bumps."

Berkman's homer, on the first pitch of the eighth from reliever Carlos Villanueva, was his 21st of the season.

"I thought he was just blowing some hot air," a smiling Berkman said about Biggio's prediction.

Biggio had five hits on June 28, the day he reached 3,000.

"It seems like Craig has definitely fed off the big occasions this year," Astros manager Phil Garner said. "He' remarkable. He's tired, beat up a little with his shoulder hurting and he stayed up late last night for a (charity) dinner with the Sunshine Kids. Then he comes back and has this game. He's just remarkable."

Garner also thought it was an important win for the Astros.

"It was a must-win game for us," he said. "You never know about our club. We may turn it around now and go play good on the road and come back and still be in the middle of it."

In the sixth, Ty Wigginton also connected, his first home run for Houston.

Brad Ausmus hit a two-out RBI double for the Astros' second run in the eighth. Eric Bruntlett, who replaced Biggio at second base in the top of the inning, added a bases-loaded, two-run single to make it 6-2.

"Those runs that Bruntlett drove in, that was the killer right there," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.

Geoff Jenkins homered twice for the NL Central-leading Brewers, who remained 1½ games ahead of the Chicago Cubs. The loss kept Milwaukee from earning its first road series sweep since June 29 to July 1, 2004, at Colorado.

Houston starter Woody Williams went seven innings, allowing two runs and five hits.

"Other than Jenkins' homers, we really didn't do much with Williams," Yost said. "He is a veteran pitcher. He can command the fastball down and away, he changes speeds and has a good curve. We just didn't get anything going off him."

Milwaukee's Claudio Vargas also gave up two runs and five hits, in six innings.

Mark McLemore (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the win. J.J. Hardy hit a two-run homer for the Brewers in the ninth off Trever Miller, but Brad Lidge recorded the final out for his eighth save in 13 chances to bounce back from a blown save Saturday night.

Villanueva (6-3) gave up three runs and one hit in 1 2/3 innings.

Jenkins homered in the second and fourth to give the Brewers a 2-0 lead. He has 16 home runs this year.

"Williams did a really good job for them today," Jenkins said. "He was locating well and threw all of his pitches for strikes. We hit the ball at times, but we just didn't quite square up the way we would want to when we needed to. He always elevates his fastball well and he has a good command of the top of the zone."

Biggio hit his ninth homer in the fifth and Wigginton tied it with a solo shot in the sixth. Wigginton, who came over in a trade with Tampa Bay on July 28, has a combined 17 homers this season.

Notes

  • Williams has allowed 27 homers, most in the majors this season.
  • It was the 10th multihomer game in Jenkins' career. His last was at Washington on Sept. 15.
  • It was the 12th multihomer game of the season for the Brewers.
  • The homer upped Biggio's hits total to 3,029, which is 24 behind Rod Carew for 21st place on the career list.
  • Milwaukee slugger Prince Fielder was ejected by plate umpire Wally Bell in the eighth for arguing a third-strike call.
 
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Joined by his family, Craig Biggio is honored by the Astros for reaching 3,000 hits earlier this season.  (AP)
Joined by his family, Craig Biggio is honored by the Astros for reaching 3,000 hits earlier this season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Houston

T. Wigginton
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Milwaukee

G. Jenkins
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B3000011 .209
Corey Hart, RF4000001 .276
Ryan Braun, 3B4020001 .348
Prince Fielder, 1B3000112 .289
    Joe Dillon, 1B0000000 .636
Bill Hall, CF4110003 .261
Geoff Jenkins, LF4222001 .276
Damian Miller, C4000001 .254
J.J. Hardy, SS4122000 .274
Claudio Vargas, P2000011 .114
   a- Craig Counsell, PH1000000 .230
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .200
    Chris Spurling, P0000000 .000
   b- Kevin Mench, PH1000000 .267
Totals3447413  
a-flied out for Vargas in the 7th
b-flied out for Spurling in the 9th
Batting
2B - Bill Hall (30, Miller)
3B - Ryan Braun (4, Williams)
HR - Geoff Jenkins 2 (16, Williams, Williams), J.J. Hardy (20, Miller)
RBI - Geoff Jenkins 2 (48), J.J. Hardy 2 (66)
2-OUT RBI - J.J. Hardy 2 (19)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Claudio Vargas 6522342 4.87
Carlos Villanueva (L,6-3) 1.2133211 4.72
Chris Spurling 0.1211100 4.58
IBB - Lamb by Chris Spurling
HBP - Lane (by Claudio Vargas)
Pitches-Strikes - Claudio Vargas 82-45, Carlos Villanueva 27-16, Chris Spurling 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Claudio Vargas 7-6, Carlos Villanueva 1-3
Batters Faced - Claudio Vargas 26, Carlos Villanueva 8, Chris Spurling 4
Houston Astros
Craig Biggio, 2B4111020 .248
    Eric Bruntlett, SS1012000 .263
Mark Loretta, SS-2B4000102 .285
Lance Berkman, 1B4121011 .259
Carlos Lee, LF3000101 .305
Luke Scott, RF3110102 .252
Ty Wigginton, 3B4121001 .280
Jason Lane, CF1100210 .171
Brad Ausmus, C4111002 .234
Woody Williams, P2000011 .085
   a- Orlando Palmeiro, PH1000000 .233
    Mark McLemore, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Lamb, PH0000100 .298
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals3168665  
a-flied out for Williams in the 7th
b-was walked intentionally for McLemore in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brad Ausmus (14, Spurling)
HR - Craig Biggio (9, Vargas), Lance Berkman (21, Villanueva), Ty Wigginton (17, Vargas)
RBI - Craig Biggio (42), Eric Bruntlett 2 (11), Lance Berkman (72), Ty Wigginton (53), Brad Ausmus (22)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Bruntlett 2 (8), Brad Ausmus (6)
SB - Luke Scott (2, 2nd base off Villanueva/D. Miller)
Team LOB - 8
Houston Astros
Woody Williams 7522122 5.09
Mark McLemore (W,2-0) 1000010 4.02
Trever Miller 0.2222001 5.08
Brad Lidge (S,8) 0.1000000 3.26
HBP - Weeks (by Woody Williams)
Pitches-Strikes - Woody Williams 114-76, Mark McLemore 14-9, Trever Miller 15-11, Brad Lidge 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Woody Williams 7-12, Trever Miller 1-1
Batters Faced - Woody Williams 28, Mark McLemore 3, Trever Miller 4, Brad Lidge 1
Game Information
Attendance - 43578
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - John Hirschbeck