Milwaukee (47-47) at Houston (47-48)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Fri Jul 23, 2004
  • TV: FSSW
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Roger Clemens was not going to let his miserable outing in the All-Star game affect the rest of his season.

After successfully rebounding from that start, Clemens will try to lead the Houston Astros to their third straight victory when they open a three-game series against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers.

Selected to start for the National League in the All-Star game on July 13, Clemens gave up six runs and five hits in just a single inning. However, he returned to his dominant form on Sunday.

The 41-year-old right-hander allowed two runs and four hits over seven innings in a 5-3 win over San Diego. He then said he was not concerned about his All-Star performance carrying over into the regular season.

“I felt fine Tuesday … there were a lot of distractions, but I had no excuses,” Clemens said. “I don’t concern myself with things like that.”

Houston manager Phil Garner, who is 3-4 since replacing the fired Jimy Williams, said he is simply glad to have the chance to watch Clemens pitch.

“Just watching Roger Clemens pitch is something else. He’s a surgeon,” Garner said. “I’ve been watching him a long time now. But before, it’s from the other side. It sure is nice to be on the other side.”

The Astros have won two straight since losing four of their first five following the All-Star break. Carlos Beltran drove in three runs with two homers Thursday, and Adam Everett tied his career high with four RBIs to help the Astros complete a two-game sweep of Arizona with a 10-3 victory.

“You have a good game, you feel good about yourself,” Beltran said. “I feel like I can hit, I feel like I can help the team. Things aren’t going our way right now, but we take two out of two against Arizona, and we go home now and we look forward to winning series.”

Everett had a two-run homer and a two-run single before leaving the game in the eighth inning after getting spiked while trying to make a tag on Arizona’s Shea Hillenbrand. He said he was only bruised and wouldn’t miss any action.

The Brewers, who have lost four straight, have been shut out in each of their past two games. After falling to St. Louis 1-0 on Wednesday, they fell 4-0 to the Cardinals on Thursday.

Despite finishing with 15 hits in the two-game series, the Brewers had just one for extra bases. That was a double by pitcher Victor Santos on Wednesday.

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