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Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2003 12:36 AM EDT
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Houston Astros
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R H E
11 17 0
Milwaukee Brewers
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5 11 1
W Oswalt (2-1)
L Rusch (1-3)
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HOUSTON 11, MILWAUKEE 5
 

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Craig Biggio hit his 200th career home run and Morgan Ensberg had a career night as the Houston Astros routed the Milwaukee Brewers , 11-5.

Biggio and Ensberg hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning to give Houston some room for error after the Astros nearly let a 6-0 lead slip away. Ensberg finished 3-for-6 with three RBI.

"It was a good day," Ensberg said. "I was able to put some good swings out there."

Houston scored six runs in the fourth as Jeff Bagwell homered off Brewers starter Glendon Rusch (1-3) to start the big inning. Ensberg capped the outburst with a two-run single.

"Morgan had a big night for us, especially that two-out base hit in the fourth," Astros manager Jimy Williams said. "We hit pretty darn good all the way up and down the lineup."

Roy Oswalt (2-1) gave back one run in the bottom of the inning and three more on a homer by Geoff Jenkins in the fifth. Milwaukee scored another run off Peter Munro, but got no closer than 6-5.

"My job is to get guys out, not get the bases loaded like I did," Oswalt said. "It was a poor performance by me."

Oswalt struck out six over the first three innings and had seven when he was lifted after the fifth.

The Brewers are 6-11 and have not won or lost more than two games in a row since an 0-6 start.

"You start to string things together and everyone feeds off that," Rusch said. "But that's the way baseball is. Every day is a new day. You can shut them down one day and they can swing well the next day."

The Astros banged out 17 hits, one day after losing 4-2 with six hits.


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