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Milwaukee at Houston

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Astros 6, Brewers 1

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HOUSTON -- Roy Oswalt found a cure for his pitching woes in an unlikely place: with hot-hitting Houston Astros teammate Lance Berkman.

Oswalt asked Berkman to a bullpen session late last week for advice and on Tuesday the Astros ace looked like his old self and got his first win in almost a month, a 6-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

It didn't hurt that along with his helpful hints and pointers, Berkman also homered and hit a three-run triple in the win.

"I got him to stand in and he told me to do a few things different and it worked out," Oswalt said. "It helped out a lot."

Berkman said his advice wasn't anything major, but that it simply helped to have a fresh set of eyes looking at Oswalt's pitches.

"After standing in there I just said: 'Look, your stuff is awesome, don't reinvent the wheel. You don't have to come up with some new breaking pitch, just go with what you've won over 100 games with," Berkman said.

"It looked like he was a little more of his aggressive self tonight and threw the ball with confidence."

Berkman's 19th homer of the season landed in the left-field Crawford Boxes and scored Miguel Tejada to give Houston a 2-0 lead in the first. Berkman is second in the majors in home runs behind Philadelphia's Chase Utley and is the leader in runs scored (61) and extra base hits (45).

He pushed Houston's lead to 6-1 in the seventh inning with his bases-clearing triple to give him a season-high five RBI. The ball sailed over the head of Milwaukee's Mike Cameron and rolled to the top of Tal's Hill in center field to score Brad Ausmus, Darin Erstad and Kaz Matsui.

Brewers manager Ned Yost defended Cameron's work on the play.

"He didn't misplay it," Yost said. "It was a tough play. He's a Gold Glove outfielder. If he misses that nobody catches it. It was hit hard. It had a lot of backspin and it just kept rising."

Berkman, who also had a single, is hitting .379.

Oswalt (5-6) broke a three game losing streak with his first win since May 12. He allowed five hits and one run with a season-high 10 strikeouts.

Ryan Braun's home run to right field in the third inning made it 2-1.

"He was nasty," Braun said of Oswalt. "His fastball was exploding. That's the best I've ever seen him. He was on top of his game."

After the homer, Oswalt retired 11 of the next 12 batters, before Bill Hall doubled with one out in the seventh inning. After the hit, Oswalt got Jason Kendall and Hernan Iribarren out to get out of the inning.

Asked if this was Oswalt's best performance of the season, Astros manager Cecil Cooper replied: "Without question. I thought he threw the ball exceptionally well tonight."

"He was vintage Roy tonight."

Michael Bourn singled in the bottom of the seventh for the Astros before Ausmus reached on an error by pitcher Julian Tavarez. Tavarez bounced the ball in the dirt near first base to allow Ausmus to reach safely.

Pinch-hitter Erstad followed with a run-scoring single that pushed Houston's lead to 3-1.

Brewers starter Seth McClung (3-3) allowed three hits and two runs in six innings. He walked one and struck out five. He has been ill with a stomach virus for the last few days and said he threw up after the third inning and after the game.

Doug Brocail pitched a perfect eighth inning and Wesley Wright did the same in the ninth for Houston.

Notes

Iribarren was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday. ... Oswalt continued to be strong against Prince Fielder, who went 0-for-3 on Tuesday and is 4-for-28 with seven strikeouts against Oswalt in his career. ... Bourn extended his career-high hitting streak to six games on Tuesday.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

L. Berkman
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Corey Hart, RF4010011 .296
J.J. Hardy, SS4000012 .242
Ryan Braun, LF3111010 .293
Prince Fielder, 1B4000012 .275
Russell Branyan, 3B3000022 .306
   a- Joe Dillon, PH1000010 .275
Mike Cameron, CF4010010 .215
Bill Hall, 2B3010011 .225
Jason Kendall, C3010002 .247
Seth McClung, P2000012 .286
   b- Hernan Iribarren, PH1000011 .286
    Julian Tavarez, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
Totals32151011  
a-struck out for Branyan in the 9th
b-struck out for McClung in the 7th
Batting
2B - Corey Hart (15, Oswalt), Bill Hall (9, Oswalt)
HR - Ryan Braun (17, Oswalt)
RBI - Ryan Braun (48)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Braun (17)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Seth McClung (1, Throwing), Julian Tavarez (1, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
Seth McClung (L,3-3) 6322151 4.07
Julian Tavarez 1441010 5.79
Brian Shouse 1100110 2.31
HBP - Tejada (by Seth McClung)
WP - Seth McClung (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Seth McClung 85-54, Julian Tavarez 29-20, Brian Shouse 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Seth McClung 7-7, Julian Tavarez 1-2, Brian Shouse 2-0
Batters Faced - Seth McClung 24, Julian Tavarez 8, Brian Shouse 5
Houston Astros
Hunter Pence, RF5000014 .291
Kazuo Matsui, 2B4110011 .280
Miguel Tejada, SS3100003 .297
Lance Berkman, 1B4135010 .379
Carlos Lee, LF3010101 .260
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .000
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
Geoff Blum, 3B4010013 .248
Michael Bourn, CF4110022 .225
Brad Ausmus, C2100100 .217
Roy Oswalt, P2000010 .138
   a- Darin Erstad, PH-LF2111000 .302
Totals3368627  
a-singled for Oswalt in the 7th
Batting
3B - Lance Berkman (3, Tavarez)
HR - Lance Berkman (19, McClung)
SH - Brad Ausmus (3)
RBI - Lance Berkman 5 (56), Darin Erstad (13)
2-OUT RBI - Lance Berkman 5 (24)
SB - Carlos Lee (4, 2nd base off McClung/Kendall)
Team LOB - 7
Houston Astros
Roy Oswalt (W,5-6) 75110101 5.06
Doug Brocail 1000000 2.36
Wesley Wright 1000010 4.09
HBP - Braun (by Roy Oswalt)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 99-68, Doug Brocail 9-6, Wesley Wright 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 6-5, Doug Brocail 1-2, Wesley Wright 1-1
Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 27, Doug Brocail 3, Wesley Wright 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35058
Game Time - 2:26
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Laz Diaz