Houston (85-69) at Milwaukee (63-89)

Cloudy Currently: Milwaukee, WI
Temp: 38° F
  • Game info: 1:15 pm EDT Sat Sep 25, 2004
  • TV: FOX
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The Houston Astros look to keep pace in the NL wild-card race as they face the Milwaukee Brewers in the middle game of their series at Miller Park.

Craig Biggio’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning Friday night lifted the Astros to a 1-0 win in the opener Friday night, keeping Houston 2 1/2 games behind the wild card-leading Chicago Cubs, who beat the New York Mets 2-1.

“It’s all about getting it down,” said Biggio, who was 0-for-4 until his second sacrifice fly of the season. “And obviously tonight, 1-0 was all you really needed.”

Injuries to starters Andy Pettitte and Wade Miller have put unlikely pitchers like Pete Munro—who will start this game—in pressure-packed situations, as every contest becomes a must-win with only eight games remaining.

Munro will be making his 18th start of the season, his second consecutive against Milwaukee. The right-hander gave up two runs and five hits in 4 1-3 innings in Houston’s 4-3 win last Saturday, and has lasted more than five innings just once in his last six outings.

The Astros will again be without second baseman Jeff Kent and reliever Dan Wheeler, as both began serving suspensions on Friday.

Kent received a two-game sanction for arguing with an umpire on July 25, and will be available on Sunday, while Wheeler, out three games for hitting the Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee on Aug. 29, will miss the series.

The Brewers have lost 10 of their last 11, and will send Wes Obermueller against Munro and the Astros on Saturday.

Obermueller, making his 20th start and 24th appearance of the season, hasn’t pitched since allowing three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings of an 8-1 loss to San Francisco on Sept. 15.

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Starting Pitchers

P. Munro Min vs. W. Obermueller Mia
4-7 Record 6-8
5.15 ERA 5.80
63 K 59
26 BB 42
1.46 WHIP 1.53