Houston (77-67) at Milwaukee (62-82)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Wed Sep 10, 2003
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Jeriome Robertson has won more games than any rookie left-hander in Houston Astros history. With their sights set on the postseason, they’re hoping he can win a few more.

Robertson will try to help the Astros keep their share of first place in the NL Central when they meet the Milwaukee Brewers in the third game of their four-game series at Miller Park.

In an 8-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers last Wednesday, Robertson allowed two runs and five hits over 5 2-3 innings. By earning his 13th win, he set a team record for rookie left-handers.

“Robertson gave us some good innings,” Houston manager Jimy Williams said. “The kid has really persevered, he’s done some good things on the mound. He really believes in himself.”

Lance Berkman doubled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the ninth inning Tuesday as the Astros rallied from a three-run deficit to win 7-6, their fifth win in their last six games. Houston remained in a tie with the Chicago Cubs atop the NL Central.

“When you’re down by three runs with four outs to go and come back and win, that’s big,” Williams said. “Especially this time of year. This is a big win.”

The Brewers have lost five straight.

“It’s frustrating for everybody,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “That was a hard game to lose right there.”

STANDINGS: Astros - 1st place (tied), NL Central. Brewers - 5th place (tied), 15 GB, NL Central.

ASTROS PROBABLE STARTER: Robertson (13-7, 5.10 ERA). Robertson has allowed at least two earned runs in five straight starts, going 2-2 with a 7.03 ERA in that span. He is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA in two previous starts against the Brewers.

BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Luis Martinez (0-0, 6.75 ERA). Martinez made his major league debut last Wednesday, allowing three runs and six hits over four innings in the Brewers’ 9-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds. The 23-year-old left-hander was 4-0 with a 0.99 ERA in seven games at Triple-A Indianapolis after going 8-5 at Double-A Huntsville.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Astros - Richard Hidalgo, .307 avg.; Jeff Bagwell, 33 HRs, 87 RBIs, 98 runs and 10 SBs. Brewers - Scott Podsednik, .315 avg., 87 runs and 37 SBs; Richie Sexson, 38 HRs and 108 RBIs.

SEASON SERIES: Astros, 6-5.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Astros - 1B Bagwell needs one homer to tie Darrell Evans for 34th on the all-time list with 414. … LHP Billy Wagner recorded his 40th save Tuesday, breaking his own single-season team record. … RF Hidalgo leads the majors with 21 outfield assists. Brewers - CF Podsednik stole his 14th consecutive base on Tuesday to tie the Brewers’ NL record. The Brewers joined the NL in 1998. … 3B Wes Helms is batting .429 (6-for-14) over his last four games. … OF Pete Zoccolillo singled in the sixth inning Tuesday for his first career hit.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Astros - 35-38 on the road; Brewers - 29-45 at home.

INJURIES: Astros - LHP Carlos Hernandez (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Brian Moehler (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Rodrigo Rosario (shoulder), 60-day DL. Brewers - OF Geoff Jenkins (thumb), 15-day DL; RHP Jayson Durocher (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Matt Ford (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Ruben Quevedo (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 60-day DL.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Robertson NYM vs. L. Martinez Was
15-9 Record 0-3
5.10 ERA 9.92
99 K 10
64 BB 15
1.52 WHIP 2.45