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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.
|Joined by his family, Craig Biggio is honored by the Astros for reaching 3,000 hits earlier this season. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Rickie Weeks, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.209|
|Corey Hart, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.276|
|Ryan Braun, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.348|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.289|
|Joe Dillon, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.636|
|Bill Hall, CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||3||.261|
|Geoff Jenkins, LF||4||2||2||2||0||0||1||.276|
|Damian Miller, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.254|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.274|
|Claudio Vargas, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.114|
|a- Craig Counsell, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.230|
|Carlos Villanueva, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Chris Spurling, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Kevin Mench, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.267|
|a-flied out for Vargas in the 7th|
|b-flied out for Spurling in the 9th|
|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|
|DP - Hardy-Fielder|
|Carlos Villanueva (L,6-3)||1.2||1||3||3||2||1||1||4.72|
|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|
|Craig Biggio, 2B||4||1||1||1||0||2||0||.248|
|Eric Bruntlett, SS||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.263|
|Mark Loretta, SS-2B||4||0||0||0||1||0||2||.285|
|Lance Berkman, 1B||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.259|
|Carlos Lee, LF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.305|
|Luke Scott, RF||3||1||1||0||1||0||2||.252|
|Ty Wigginton, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.280|
|Jason Lane, CF||1||1||0||0||2||1||0||.171|
|Brad Ausmus, C||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.234|
|Woody Williams, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.085|
|a- Orlando Palmeiro, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.233|
|Mark McLemore, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Mike Lamb, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.298|
|Trever Miller, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brad Lidge, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Williams in the 7th|
|b-was walked intentionally for McLemore in the 8th|
|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|
|Mark McLemore (W,2-0)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.02|
|Brad Lidge (S,8)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||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|
|Attendance - 43578|
|Game Time - 2:55|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - John Hirschbeck|