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Bourgeois leads Astros to 2-1 win over Brewers

By Kristie Rieken

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, April 30 2011 8:10 p.m. MDT

Milwaukee Brewers' Randy Wolf delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game on Saturday, April 30, 2011, in Houston.

Pat Sullivan, Associated Press

HOUSTON — Jason Bourgeois singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning and Houston Astros beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Saturday night.

Kameron Loe (2-2) walked pinch-hitter Brett Wallace and Michael Bourn with two outs. Bourgeois followed with his third hit, and pinch-runner Bill Hall scored.

Bourgeois also doubled and stole two bases.

Prince Fielder's sixth homer of the season was a tying, solo shot with one out in the ninth off Houston closer Brandon Lyon (3-1). Casey McGehee singled after that, but Lyon retired the next two batters to get out of the inning.

Lyon's third blown save of the season looked as if it might ruin a terrific night from starter Wandy Rodriguez, who pitched eight scoreless innings. Rodriguez yielded seven hits, walked none and struck out six in his longest outing of the season.

Bourgeois singled and scored Houston's other run in the first inning on a Milwaukee error.

Brewers starter Randy Wolf allowed four hits and one run in seven innings.

The Astros had a chance to add to the lead in the eighth with two outs and runners on first and second, but Chris Johnson grounded out.

Carlos Gomez doubled with two outs in the Milwaukee eighth, but was thrown out by Johnson, the third baseman, when he tried to take third after shortstop Clint Barmes bobbled the relay from Michael Bourn. Gomez beat the ground with his hand in disgust as he got up from the slide.

Rodriguez had retired five straight when Ryan Braun doubled with one out in the sixth inning, but the lefty retired the next two batters before pitching a perfect seventh.

The Brewers had trouble stringing together hits against Rodriguez and only managed more than one in an inning off him in the third when Wolf and Rickie Weeks hit consecutive singles with one out. Rodriguez got out of that jam by retiring Gomez and Braun.

Bourgeois singled with one out in the first before stealing second. Angel Sanchez walked before Bourgeois swiped third. Bourgeois scored to make it 1-0 when Pence reached on McGehee's wild throw from third base.

NOTES: Milwaukee RHP Zack Greinke, who began the season on the disabled list with a broken rib, will come off the disabled list and start on Wednesday at Atlanta. ... The return of Milwaukee RHP Takashi Saito, who is on the disabled list with a left hamstring injury, will be pushed back after he strained his left side in a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Nashville. ... Houston 1B Wallace was out of the lineup Saturday with a right hip contusion from a collision with Prince Fielder a night before, but pinch hit in the ninth inning. ... Houston manager Brad Mills said Saturday that he was moving fifth starter Nelson Figueroa to the bullpen and replacing him in the rotation with RHP Aneury Rodriguez.

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