MILWAUKEE (Ticker) --
moved into one first-place tie and helped the
Robertson pitched six-plus solid innings and matched the team rookie record for wins as the Astros grabbed sole possession of the top spot in the National League Central Division with a 3-1 triumph over the struggling
A 26-year-old lefthander, Robertson (14-7) gave up one run and six hits with three walks and five strikeouts. He tied the mark set just two years ago by teammate
"You have to be focused out there and dedicate yourself to every pitch," Robertson said. "I've been doing that my whole career. Hopefully, I keep seeing these results."
"That first year, a lot of people don't know you, they don't know what you throw," Oswalt said. "The second year, they figure him out a little more, so you need to change it up. It's a learning process."
worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings and
got the last two outs in the eighth before
struck out two in a perfect ninth for his club-record 41st save.
The Astros got an unexpected contribution from
en route to their third straight win and moved a game in front of the second-place
in the NL Central.
"I scoreboard-watch on Opening Day. There's no problem with that,," Houston manager
said. "We just feel good about winning this game. We have to take care of our own business. We don't play the Cubs again, so we have to hope someone beats them."
collected three hits and
homered for Milwaukee, which has lost six straight after winning 14 of 16 games.
"We're missing the big hit and it's a tough team that we're playing against right now," Perez said. "You have to play perfect, and we're not doing that."
Making his second major league start, Milwaukee's
retired the first two batters in the opening inning before walking
was walked intentionally before Martinez also walked
to force in a run.
Chavez, mired in an 0-for-10 slump and without an RBI since April 15, came through with a single that gave Houston a 3-0 cushion.
Robertson struck out Martinez with the bases loaded in the second, then cruised until Perez led off the fifth with his 10th home run. He allowed a hit in the sixth and a leadoff walk to Perez in the seventh before giving way to Gallo.
"It always helps to pitch with a lead. You can be a little more aggressive," Robertson said. "I was keeping the ball down for the most part and Chavez deserves credit because he called a good game."
Martinez lasted five innings and allowed three runs, five hits and seven walks with two strikeouts.
"My release point was a little off," he said. "You're disappointed when you do bad, but you just have to work on it. After you get more innings, you start making better pitches. After the first inning, I had more control."