Houston hasn't had many opportunities to win back-to-back games over the last six weeks, but considering the bad luck Milwaukee's Marco Estrada is enduring on the mound and the Brewers' road woes, the Astros seem to have a decent chance of accomplishing that feat Saturday night.
Of course, they have their own pitching issues to worry about.
Following a comeback victory, Houston looks to make it two in a row for the first time since late June and send Milwaukee to its longest road losing streak in 42 years.
The Astros (37-77) seemed headed to another loss in Friday's series opener, trailing 3-1 after seven innings and still down a run entering the ninth. Steve Pearce 's RBI single tied it before Brian Bogusevic drove in Pearce to lift Houston to a 4-3 victory, its first walkoff win of the season.
"It's been a long time since we've had some good things happen for us," Bogusevic said. "We've played a lot of close games but haven't come out with wins."
The Astros snapped a five-game losing streak and won for the fifth time in 39 contests. The last time they won back-to-back games came immediately before the poor stretch, June 26-27 against San Diego.
The Brewers (51-60) won their last game on the road a week and a half later. They've dropped 10 straight away from Miller Park and haven't lost 11 consecutive road games since a franchise-worst 17-game skid April 27-June 11, 1970.
For Estrada (0-5, 4.13 ERA), it probably feels like it's been about four decades since his last win.
The right-hander has made 13 starts and six relief appearances this year and came out of the bullpen eight times last season following his last win, Aug. 23 in Pittsburgh. His 13 consecutive starts without a victory is the longest stretch by a Brewer since Chris Capuano went a franchise-record 18 in a row May 13-Sept. 28, 2007.
"It would be nice to have a win," said Estrada, who has a 2.08 ERA over his last two starts but has received little support. "But if I keep pitching well, things will go my way one of these days."
Estrada made his only career start against Houston on July 30, allowing three runs and six hits in seven innings of an 8-7 win.
While Estrada is creeping up on a year since his last win, the Astros have lost Dallas Keuchel 's last six starts, and the rookie left-hander has a 9.00 ERA in the last five.
Perhaps the worst outing of the stretch came in Milwaukee on July 31, when he was tagged for seven runs, seven hits and a career-worst six walks in four innings of a 10-1 loss. Aramis Ramirez had a three-run homer among his three hits off Keuchel (1-4, 5.60), while Ryan Braun singled and walked twice.
Keuchel then gave up four runs and a career-high 12 hits in six innings in a 5-4, 11-inning loss to Washington on Monday. Allowing the Nationals to make contact was part of his strategy, though, after he walked 12 in 13 1-3 innings over his previous three starts.
|July 29, 2012||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Sore left wrist|
|July 17, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Right thigh strain|
|June 15, 2012||Shaun Marcum||60-Day DL||Right elbow tightness|
|June 02, 2012||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left quadricep|
|May 31, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Tight Achilles|
|May 28, 2012||Jonathan Lucroy||15-Day DL||Fractured right hand, out 4-6 weeks|
|August 07, 2012||Jordan Schafer||15-Day DL||Left shoulder separation|
|August 02, 2012||Francisco Cordero||15-Day DL||Inflamed right big toe|
|July 31, 2012||Wilton Lopez||Day-to-Day||Right elbow tightness|
|July 15, 2012||Jed Lowrie||15-Day DL||Sprained right ankle|
|July 14, 2012||Jed Lowrie||Day-to-Day||Right ankle|
|July 08, 2012||Jason Castro||15-Day DL||Fluid in right knee|
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros are quickly getting accustomed to celebrating walk-off wins.
After earning their first walk-off win of the season Friday, the Astros followed it up with their first extra-inning win Saturday night.
Scott Moore hit an RBI single with none out in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Astros to a 6-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers .
Moore, who came to bat with runners on third with less than two outs twice before in the game and was unable to capitalize, was happy to get his first career walk-off hit.
"I was just trying to get a pitch out over the plate to put the barrel on," Moore said. "If I could get the ball in the outfield, there is a good chance we are going to score. I was in that situation like three times tonight, and fortunately, I was able to come through the last one."
Jose Altuve led off the 10th with an infield single off Jim Henderson (0-1). Marwin Gonzalez and Steve Pearce followed with walks to load the bases before Moore singled, giving Houston consecutive wins for the first time since June 26-27.
"It was nice to do it in back to back nights," Houston manager Brad Mills said. "When you don't do it all season and you do it in back to back nights, that's really nice and everyone enjoys it."
The Astros were 0-11 in extra innings before Friday's win.
Milwaukee rallied to tie the game three times, sending it to extras on Jean Segura 's RBI groundout in the ninth inning. Rickie Weeks led off the ninth with a double off Wilton Lopez (5-1).
"(Henderson) did his job the first inning and we put him back out there, but he's not going to be perfect all the time," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "I thought we did a nice job of battling back and scoring runs once we got behind."
Dallas Keuchel allowed four runs - two earned - on five hits with a career-high six strikeouts for Houston. Keuchel struck out six batters in his four starts in July and had allowed 27 runs - 25 earned - over 25 innings in his last five outings.
"It's nice to be able to go out there and command the ball to both sides of the plate and up and down," Keuchel said. "I felt good from the get go."
Marco Estrada lasted only four innings for Milwaukee, allowing four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. Estrada has not won since Aug. 23, 2011.
"I just felt completely out of whack out there," Estrada said. "It was the worst I've felt all year, and I let a bad team beat me."
Tyler Greene put Houston ahead 5-4 with a solo home run to right-center in the fifth off Livan Hernandez .
Greene, who was acquired on Thursday by the Astros from St. Louis for a player to be named or cash, had a double and scored twice in his first start with Houston.
The Brewers loaded the bases in the seventh with two outs, but Mickey Storey struck Carlos Gomez out looking to end the threat.
After the inning, Gomez was ejected by home plate umpire Gary Darling for arguing the called third strike.
After the game, Gomez went on a profanity-laced rant mostly directed toward Darling.
"I have never gotten thrown out in my career, but that guy, I had to tell something," Gomez said.
Milwaukee tied it at 4-apiece in the fifth on a two-run double by Norichika Aoki scoring Jonathan Lucroy , who had doubled, and Segura, who had singled.
Altuve singled with one out and stole second before Brett Wallace singled to right field in the third. An error by Aoki allowed Altuve to score. Pearce followed with an RBI triple to lift the lead to 4-2.
The Brewers tied it 2-all, capitalizing on an error by Wallace. After Aramis Ramirez singled and stole second to begin the inning, Corey Hart grounded to third, but Wallace's throw to first went high, allowing Hart to move to second and Ramirez to score. Hart scored two batters later on a Lucroy sacrifice fly.
Houston jumped on Estrada early as Greene led off with a double and Altuve singled. After a wild pitch allowed Altuve to move to second, Wallace popped out to the catcher. Pearce followed with a two-run single to center to give Houston a 2-0 lead.
NOTES: Astros INF Brian Bixler cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City. He had been designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Greene. . Houston named Mike Elias as director of scouting, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced Saturday. ... Milwaukee RHP Shaun Marcum , who is on the 60-day DL with right elbow tightness, made his first rehab start Friday night for Class-A Wisconsin allowing one run on one hit with three strikeouts in three innings. He threw 36 pitches. ... Houston will start RHP Jordan Lyles , who is 2-8 with a 5.69 ERA, Sunday, while the Brewers will send Yovani Gallardo , who is 10-8 with a 3.79 ERA, to the mound in the series finale.