Milwaukee (34-48) at Houston (43-40)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Thu Jul 3, 2003
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Rookie Jeriome Robertson looks to win his sixth straight decision as the Houston Astros conclude a three-game series with the visiting Milwaukee Brewers.

Robertson, who is unbeaten in 11 appearances since a 10-2 loss at Montreal on April 15, has been brilliant in his last two starts, yielding just one run and nine hits over 11 1-3 innings.

On Saturday, he limited Texas to five hits over six strong innings as the Astros cruised to a 2-0 victory.

“Basically, it’s a win for the team,” Robertson said. “You get little bonuses which is nice, but I don’t care if the win goes to me or the bullpen. I felt good today. Probably the location of my pitches was what was so good and I got some good double-play balls.”

Robertson is 5-0 in his last eight starts, surrendering three runs or fewer in all but one of those outings.

The Astros slipped into a three-way tie for first place in the NL Central with Wednesday’s 5-3, 11-inning loss to the Brewers.

Eric Young and Scott Podsednik each had RBIs in the 11th for Milwaukee, which handed Houston its sixth loss in eight games.

The Astros are deadlocked with St. Louis and the Chicago Cubs atop the division, with the Brewers sitting 8 1/2 games back. Milwaukee is 4-4 on its nine-game road trip.

STANDINGS: Brewers - 6th place, 8 1/2 GB, NL Central. Astros - 1st place (tied), NL Central.

BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Matt Kinney (6-6, 4.26 ERA). Kinney is coming off the best outing of his career, spinning an eight-hitter for his first complete game in a 13-1 win over Minnesota on Friday. Kinney struck out four and walked one, improving to 3-2 in his last five starts. He beat the Astros in his first career start against them, tossing seven scoreless innings in a 4-2 victory on April 17.

ASTROS PROBABLE STARTER: Robertson (6-3, 5.29 ERA). Robertson is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in five career appearances, including one start, against the Brewers.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Brewers - Podsednik, .325 avg.; Richie Sexson, 22 HRs and 53 runs; Geoff Jenkins, 61 RBIs; Young, 19 SBs. Astros - Richard Hidalgo, .321 avg.; Morgan Ensberg, 15 HRs; Jeff Kent, 50 RBIs; Lance Berkman, 54 runs; Adam Everett, 6 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Brewers, 4-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Brewers - Rookie RHP Leo Estrella pitched the 11th for his first career save Wednesday. … The Brewers obtained RHP Wes Obermueller and INF Alejandro Machado from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday in exchange for RHP Curtis Leskanic. … The Brewers had lost six extra-inning games this season prior to Wednesday’s victory. Astros - 1B Jeff Bagwell has hit into a league-leading 17 double plays this year. … RHP Robertson is 3-1 with a 4.81 ERA in eight home starts this season. … Houston has lost five of its last seven at home.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Brewers - 19-21 on the road; Astros - 25-17 at home.

INJURIES: Brewers - RHP Jayson Durocher (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Ruben Quevedo (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 15-day DL. Astros - 2B Kent (wrist), 15-day DL; INF Jose Vizcaino (wrist), 15-day DL; LHP Carlos Hernandez (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Roy Oswalt (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Rodrigo Rosario (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Brian Moehler (elbow), 60-day DL.

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152 K 99
80 BB 64
1.47 WHIP 1.52