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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Brewers Lose 5-7

Pettitte allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings Saturday night for his fifth straight victory as the Houston Astros held off the Milwaukee Brewers 7-5. Houston remained a half-game ahead of the Florida Marlins in the NL wild-card race.

Pettitte (15-9) improved to 4-0 against the Brewers this season and is 9-2 in 12 starts since the All-Star break. He also helped himself at the plate, scoring a run in the second and driving in a run with a suicide squeeze in the third.

The left-hander was limited to a career-low six wins -- his only year in single digits -- in an injury-shortened 2004 season.

"Andy pitched very well," Astros manager Phil Garner said. "He's actually pitched with more velocity than he had tonight, and a little bit better control, but he's pitched well the whole year."
Rickie Weeks and pinch-hitter Prince Fielder had run-scoring hits in the ninth before Brad Lidge got two outs for his 20th straight save and 36th in 39 chances.


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