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Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2003 1:40 AM EDT
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Houston Astros
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R H E
3 7 0
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2 7 0
W Gallo (1-0)
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HOUSTON 3, MILWAUKEE 2 (11 INNINGS)
 

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Even Glendon Rusch 's best outings don't result in victories.

Lance Berkman scored the tying run in the ninth inning and belted a solo homer off Danny Kolb in the 11th as the Houston Astros rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers .

Rush has the most losses in the Nation League with 12 and has been among the worst starters in baseball. He finally gave the Brewers a strong outing Wednesday, allowing just one run while striking out a season-high nine in seven innings.

"It's especially tough when you want to win, to lose those games, especially tight ones like this one," he said. "I was aggressive and stuck with my game plan and that was about it."

"He pitched a great ballgame and our bullpen was in pretty good shape," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "I didn't want to take a chance of putting him in a position to lose that game. He had done his job."

Rusch left after throwing 108 pitches and Mike Dejean pitched a scoreless eighth, but Milwaukee could not hold the lead in the ninth.

Berkman doubled off Valerio De Los Santos to start the inning and went to third on Brad Ausmus ' sacrifice before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Eric Bruntlett .

Kolb (0-1) retired the first five batters he faced before Berkman drove a 2-1 pitch the opposite way over the left field wall for a 3-2 edge.

"I threw him a fastball," Kolb said. "It was a little off more than I wanted it to be. He just went out and got it. In that situation, with two outs, I'm not trying to go around him at all."

"It really was a team victory because a lot of people contributed, even though it was a low scoring game," Houston manager Jimy Williams said. "If you factor in Ausmus' bunt and the sac fly by Bruntlett and Berkman's big home run."

Houston's Mike Gallo (1-0) recorded his first career victory after getting the final out in the 10th. He allowed a single to Scott Podsednik and threw three straight balls to Geoff Jenkins before recovering for an inning-ending strikeout.

"I know you have to go out there every night and do your job," he said. "This year has been really rushing fast in my life. I can't describe the feeling."

"He came in with two outs to face the two lefties," Williams said. "Podsednik got a base hit and he went 3-0 on the next guy and then struck him out."

Astros closer Billy Wagner worked around a pair of walks in the 11th for his 30th save.

Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Bill Hill 's run-scoring grounder off Houston starter Roy Oswalt . Richard Hidalgo hit an RBI double in the third as the Astros forged a 1-1 tie.

The Brewers reclaimed the lead in bottom half when Richie Sexson hit his 27th home of the season with two outs for a 2-1 edge.

Oswalt allowed just two runs and five hits in six innings. Brad Lidle and Ricky Stone each pitched a perfect inning before Ricky Stone tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings.


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