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Friday, August 19, 2005

Brewers Beat Astros 5-2



The Brewers still thought Clemens, who lost for the first time since July 17, was the story.

"We just tried to wait him out until he made some mistakes," said Bill Hall, who had an RBI single to start the scoring in the seventh. "In the seventh inning, he made a few and we took advantage of them. The guy's 43 years old. It's hard to believe he's still painting the corners with 94 mph fastballs."

Lyle Overbay's double started the big inning that gave Milwaukee its third straight win and fourth in five games.

"It's hard to believe he's 43," Overbay said. "You would think at the end of your career, your velocity would go down. But not with him. He made a mistake to Bill Hall and Hall took advantage."

Manager Ned Yost thought Damien Miller's seventh inning at-bat was crucial. Miller worked the count to 3-2 before hitting a two-run double with the bases loaded.

"That was an awesome at-bat," Yost said. "You know Roger Clemens is not going to give in, but the thing is, Miller didn't give in either. With a pitcher like that out there, most guys are going to swing at his pitches. But Miller didn't."

Miller surprised himself.

"That's probably the best at-bat I've had in a while against the best pitcher in baseball," Miller said. "I don't know how I laid off some of those pitches.

"The 2-2 slider was probably the toughest. Probably it was so good, it froze me. I was fortunate it was a ball. I was just trying to hit a fly ball."

Clemens retired the first seven hitters, before Miller had a bloop single to right in the third. He then retired 10 straight until Weeks homered, ending Clemens' season-high scoreless innings streak at 26.
Doug Davis (9-8) will face Ezequiel Astacio (2-6) on Friday.

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