Brewers 5, Astros 3, 11 innings

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HOUSTON (AP)—In a division where three teams are tied for the lead, the last-place Milwaukee Brewers remain undaunted.

Eric Young and Scott Podsednik each had RBI hits in the 11th inning to rally the Brewers to a 5-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.

“That’s the way our team has been,” Young said. “We don’t get down. Ned (manager Yost) does a good job with keeping us up. That’s why we usually don’t lose two in a row.”

The Astros lost for the sixth time in eight games and dropped into a tie for the NL Central lead with St. Louis and Chicago.

Ricky Stone (5-3), the eighth Astros pitcher, walked Keith Osik to start the 11th. Osik was sacrificed to second and later took third when pitcher Brooks Kieschnick grounded out as a pinch-hitter.

Young followed with his second RBI single of the game, then scored on Podsednik’s double.

“I was just trying to find a hole and get that run in,” Young said. “I didn’t care if it was a bloop or anything, I just wanted to find a hole and I got a pitch I was able to handle and hit it up the middle.”

Starter Wayne Franklin pitched seven strong innings and the bullpen did the rest.

“It might show our fans that we’ve got a team that hustles and fights and competes no matter the situation,” Yost said. “I knew if Wayne kept us in the game, we’d be battling right to the end and we’d find a way to score some runs and they did.”

Valerio De Los Santos (1-2) pitched two innings for the victory. Leo Estrella pitched the 11th for his first career save in his first opportunity.

Morgan Ensberg hit a two-run homer, his 15th, in the fourth inning to give the Astros a 2-0 lead, but it didn’t last very long.

After holding Milwaukee to two hits and striking out five over the first four innings, Tim Redding fell apart in the fifth and allowed three runs after a double play almost got him out of the inning.

Osik and Royce Clayton each singled to start the inning before Franklin grounded into a double play. Young followed with an RBI single and Redding walked Podsednik and hit Geoff Jenkins with a pitch to load the bases.

“We had a few opportunities, but they pitched tough,” Astros manager Jimy Williams said. “In a low-scoring game like that, you’ve got to take advantage of your opportunities.

“With a tie game, you can lose or win with one swing of the bat and that’s the position we were in from the seventh inning on.”

Richie Sexson hit a grounder to deep short for a two-run single. Adam Everett managed to stop the ball but could not make a play, giving the Brewers a 3-2 lead.

That stood until the seventh when Brad Ausmus reached on an infield hit, went to third on Eric Bruntlett’s first major league hit, a single, and scored on a grounder by pinch-hitter Brian Hunter.

That ended Franklin’s bid to beat his former teammates for the third straight time. Franklin, obtained form the Astros last September, pitched seven innings, allowed six hits three runs, all earned and he walked two and struck out one.

Redding pitched 4 2-3 innings, allowed six hits three runs, two walks and he struck out five.

“I’ve been frustrated all year,” Redding said. “I’m letting myself down and I’m letting everybody in this clubhouse down. I’m sure it’s frustrating on the team. I can’t explain why or what’s happening. I just didn’t execute, didn’t do my job.

“I’d better figure it out or I won’t be here much longer.”

Notes

Everett batted second for the first time this season after batting eighth or ninth in 43 previous starts for Houston. He hit .193 last year but he’s hitting .265 this season. … Jeff Bagwell hit into his league-leading 17th double play to end the first inning. … The Brewers obtained RHP Wes Obermueller and INF Alejandro Machado from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for RHP Curtis Leskanic. … Lance Berkman’s ninth-inning sacrifice bunt wasthe first of his major league career.

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