Milwaukee (48-48) at Houston (48-49)

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Temp: 62° F
  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Sun Jul 25, 2004
  • TV: FSSW
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Doug Davis looks to end his recent road struggles, and help the Milwaukee Brewers do the same in the finale of a three-game series with the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

Davis has lost three straight decisions on the road while posting an 8.27 ERA in that span. The 6-foot-4 left-hander was reached for six runs and 10 hits over seven innings in a 6-2 loss at Cincinnati on Tuesday.

“He was going right after the hitters,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said of Davis, who is 4-6 with a 4.66 ERA in 11 road starts, compared to a 5-2 mark with a 2.88 ERA in 10 outings at Miller Park. “For the most part, he pitched a great ballgame.”

Davis agreed.

“I felt like I threw the ball good,” he said. “I was hitting my spots. I just couldn’t get an out in the last inning.”

After a 6-3 loss to the Astros on Saturday, the Brewers are on the brink of falling below .500 for the first time since May 9, and are just a half-game ahead of the disappointing Astros for third place in NL Central.

Despite an encouraging 7-6 win in the series opener Friday, Milwaukee has lost seven of 10 on its 11-game road trip to start the second half. The Brewers have averaged just 2.4 runs in that span and their 399 total runs are the second fewest in the league.

Lyle Overbay and pinch-hitter Brady Clark hit consecutive homers Saturday— the Brewers’ first back-to-back homers this year. Milwaukee has 17 home runs against the Astros this season, its most against any opponent.

Houston improved to 4-5 since Phil Garner replaced Jimy Williams as manager during the All-Star break. Adam Everett, batting .444 (8-for-18) during a five-game hitting streak, and pinch-hitter Jason Lane homered for the Astros, who had three sacrifice flies in the game.

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12-12 Record 4-7
3.39 ERA 5.15
166 K 63
79 BB 26
1.31 WHIP 1.46