Coming off one of their most productive games at the plate, the Brewers will try to avenge a poor early season showing against Oswalt as they host the Houston Astros in the opener of a three-game series.
It was the Brewers’ second-highest scoring game this season. They beat the Cincinnati Reds 13-3 on May 1.
Milwaukee went 6-for-13 with runners in scoring position after entering the game batting a major league-low .222 in that category.
“Everything’s clicking on all cylinders,” Brewers center fielder Brady Clark said. “We’ve gone through periods where our hitting wasn’t great and our pitching is great, and vice versa.”
Milwaukee now faces Oswalt, who had one of his best outings of the season against the Brewers. He struck out eight while throwing a four-hitter for his only complete game of the year, a 6-1 Astros victory on April 20.
Oswalt has won six of his last seven starts against Milwaukee, including the last two. He’s given up just four runs in his last 23 1-3 innings overall.
Houston ended a seven-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
It was just the third victory in 24 road games for the Astros, who had managed just 59 runs on the road before Wednesday.
“We got a lot of guys due for a win,” Houston manager Phil Garner said. “Our guys have pitched well and they deserve a lot more. It sure feels good to look up at the board and see five runs.”
Morgan Ensberg’s ninth homer and sixth in his last 16 games broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth.
“It’s not fun when you win one game and you’re so incredibly giddy by the fact that you’ve won one game,” Ensberg said.