Pettitte, who is working his way back from an injury-riddled season in 2004, has not earned a victory since a 5-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 21. The 6-foot-5 left-hander went 6-4 with a 3.90 ERA in 15 starts last season before having season-ending elbow surgery on Aug. 24.
Pettitte, though, has been effective in his first three outings this season, despite coming off his first loss on Saturday. He allowed three runs—all in the fourth inning—and eight hits in seven innings of a 3-2 defeat to the Cincinnati Reds.
“I feel like I’m coming along,” said Pettitte, who reached 100 pitches for the second straight start in his longest outing yet. “There are still some things that I’d like to be better at, and it’s coming, no doubt. I don’t have any pain. I’m feeling great and it’s encouraging.”
Pettitte hasn’t had much run support from the Astros, who have scored a combined six runs in his three starts. However, they displayed a rare burst of power early in a 6-1 win over the Brewers on Wednesday.
Adam Everett and Craig Biggio led off the first inning with back-to-back homers to help the Astros to their second straight win. Everett hit his first homer of the season and finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Biggio got the 1,000th RBI of his career on the homer and added another with an RBI double. The only player with more for the Astros is first basemen Jeff Bagwell with 1,518.
Brady Clark drove in the lone run for Milwaukee, which had just four hits in their sixth straight loss and seventh in eight games. The Brewers, who opened an eight-game road trip, have lost eight of their last nine games against the Astros, including six straight at Minute Maid Park.
“Everybody is frustrated now but we’ll get it turned around if they just go about business,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.