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Still, he wanted to make sure the Houston Astros didn't totally waste the lefty's excellent performance on Saturday night.
Bourgeois singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning and Astros beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 after Rodriguez pitched eight scoreless innings and closer Brandon Lyon gave up a game-tying homer to Prince Fielder.
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"No doubt ... Wandy pitched his heart out tonight," Bourgeois said. "I was hoping we would get a couple in the eighth just to make it comfortable in the ninth for Lyon. But things happened the way they did and I'm just happy with the win."
"To get the two outs like that and ... to walk one guy in that situation is bad, but to walk two in a row is not good," Loe said. "I could say a lot of things, but there's no excuse to walk two in that situation."
Bourgeois also doubled and stole two bases.
Fielder's sixth homer of the season was a solo shot with one out in the ninth. Casey McGehee singled after that, but Lyon retired the next two batters to get out of the inning.
Rodriguez yielded seven hits, walked none and struck out six in his longest outing of the season. Rodriguez, who has just one win this season, was disappointed he couldn't add to his total.
"It was a beautiful game and I threw very good balls, so I wanted to win the game," he said.
Saturday's performance was the latest in a string of great outings against the Brewers for Rodriguez at Minute Maid Park. He has a 0.89 ERA in eight career outings, seven starts, against Milwaukee at home.
Houston manager Brad Mills hopes Rodriguez can build on what he did Saturday.
"Once he knows he can do it, he gets that confidence and starts throwing pitches with conviction and that's pretty special," Mills said. "He's got a pretty special arm."
Bourgeois singled and scored Houston's other run in the first inning on a Milwaukee error.
Brewers starter Randy Wolf allowed four hits and one run in seven innings.
The Astros had a chance to add to the lead in the eighth with two outs and runners on first and second, but Chris Johnson grounded out.
Carlos Gomez doubled with two outs in the Milwaukee eighth, but was thrown out at third when he tried to take an extra base after shortstop Clint Barmes bobbled the relay from Bourn. Gomez beat the ground with his hand in disgust as he got up from the slide.
Rodriguez had retired five straight when Ryan Braun doubled with one out in the sixth inning, but he retired the next two batters before pitching a perfect seventh.
"Tonight the key was my breaking ball," Rodriguez said. "I was excellent in my changeup and that was a lot of my game tonight."
He said he was too spent to return for the ninth inning and thinks throwing 126 pitches in his last outing contributed to his fatigue.
The Brewers had trouble stringing together hits against Rodriguez and only managed more than one in an inning off him in the third when Wolf and Rickie Weeks hit consecutive singles with one out. Rodriguez got out of that jam by retiring Gomez and Braun.
"When you are facing a pitcher that caliber, you are not going to get that many opportunities," Braun said. "So if you don't take advantage of the hits you do get, it's going to be a tough night."
Bourgeois scored to make it 1-0 when Pence reached on McGehee's wild throw from third base.
|Michael Bourn (left) congratulates Jason Bourgeois on his game-winning single in the ninth inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Rickie Weeks, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.304|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.240|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.367|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.333|
|Casey McGehee, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.278|
|Corey Hart, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.214|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.261|
|Kameron Loe, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wil Nieves, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Randy Wolf, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.154|
|a- Brandon Boggs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.100|
|LaTroy Hawkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Craig Counsell, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.185|
|a-struck out for Wolf in the 8th|
|2B - Carlos Gomez (2, Rodriguez), Ryan Braun 2 (3, Rodriguez, Rodriguez)|
|HR - Prince Fielder (6, Lyon)|
|RBI - Prince Fielder (26)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Casey McGehee (2, Throwing), Rickie Weeks (5, Throwing)|
|Kameron Loe (L,2-2)||0.2||1||1||1||2||0||0||3.38|
|IBB - Lee by LaTroy Hawkins|
|Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 96-65, LaTroy Hawkins 15-7, Kameron Loe 16-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 6-12, LaTroy Hawkins 3-0, Kameron Loe 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 28, LaTroy Hawkins 5, Kameron Loe 5|
|Michael Bourn, CF||4||0||0||0||1||2||1||.276|
|Jason Bourgeois, LF||5||1||3||1||0||0||0||.344|
|Angel Sanchez, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.301|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.294|
|Carlos Lee, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.194|
|Chris Johnson, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.185|
|J.R. Towles, C||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.364|
|Clint Barmes, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|a- Brian Bogusevic, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Wandy Rodriguez, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.273|
|Brandon Lyon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|b- Brett Wallace, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.388|
|Bill Hall, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.217|
|a-grounded out for Barmes in the 9th|
|b-walked for Lyon in the 9th|
|2B - Jason Bourgeois (1, Wolf), J.R. Towles (2, Wolf)|
|SH - Wandy Rodriguez (2)|
|RBI - Jason Bourgeois (3), Hunter Pence (21)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jason Bourgeois (1)|
|SB - Jason Bourgeois 2 (7, 2nd base off Wolf/Nieves, 3rd base off Wolf/Nieves)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Michael Bourn 1|
|DP - Johnson-Sanchez-Lee|
|Brandon Lyon (BS,3; W,3-1)||1||2||1||1||0||0||1||4.76|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 114-75, Brandon Lyon 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 8-8, Brandon Lyon 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 29, Brandon Lyon 5|
|Attendance - 26514|
|Game Time - 2:37|
|Temperature - 84|
|Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Ron Kulpa|