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Hidalgo's second homer lifts Astros in 12th

HOUSTON (AP) – Another game, another hitting hero for Houston.

Richard Hidalgo

Richard Hidalgo's three-run homer in the 12th inning, his second homer of the game, rallied the Houston Astros to an 8-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.

Hidalgo's two-homer, five-RBI game came one day after Daryle Ward drove in six runs in Houston's opener.

"That's the strength of this team, it can be a different guy every night," said Ward, who had a career-high four hits. "We've got that kind of a team this year. Richard is going to be a tough guy to pitch to. He can go to the other side. He can go up there and wait for his pitch."

After the Brewers went ahead 6-5 in the top of the 12th on Raul Casanova's sacrifice fly against Jay Powell (1-0), the Astros rallied in the bottom half.

Craig Biggio led off with a walk and one out later Lance Berkman singled. Hidalgo followed with a homer off Curtis Leskanic (0-1) to left for his sixth career multihomer game.

"He likes to throw fastballs, that's what he does best so I just waited, not trying to do too much," Hidalgo said.

Hidalgo, who hit a two-run homer off Paul Rigdon in the third inning, tied his career high with five RBI.

"That was no chippy," Astros manager Larry Dierker said. "There are a few that will just get to the Crawford Boxes (left field) but most of the home runs here are going to be home runs anywhere."

Leskanic was in his third inning of work, something he can't remember doing any time recently.

"I was tired, but you've got to go out there and do your job and I didn't do my job," he said. "All I had to do was throw a fastball in, but my body was tired and I just couldn't get it there."

The Astros survived Jose Lima's early struggles, and led 5-4 going into the seventh.

"Lima started off good but then he seemed to lose it in the fifth," Dierker said. "I really didn't want to go to the bullpen yet I had to."

But reliever Wayne Franklin allowed singles by Richie Sexson and Jeromy Burnitz, and Mike Jackson came on and gave up an RBI single to Jeffrey Hammonds as the Brewers tied it.

Lima, who allowed an NL-record 48 homers last season, including 27 at Enron Field, gave up a solo shot by Geoff Jenkins in the fourth. Lima, who allowed six hits and four runs, left with the bases loaded in the fifth.

Houston started the fifth leading 5-2, but Tony Fernandez and Ron Belliard singled to start the inning. The runners moved up on Lima's wild pitch. Lima then walked Jenkins and hit Sexson with a pitch to force in a run.

Scott Linebrink came on and walked Burnitz, forcing in the fourth run. Hammonds hit into a double play to end the inning with a 5-4 Astros lead.

Ward doubled off Rigdon in the second and scored on Chris Truby's second homer in as many games for a 2-0 Astros lead. Rigdon allowed five runs and 11 hits in six innings.

Jeff Bagwell had an RBI single and Hidalgo hit a two-run homer in the third to give Houston a 5-1 lead. Ron Belliard's sacrifice fly gave the Brewers their first run in the third.

"It was a good loss," Belliard said. "We played hard. There were positive things all the way around. We got down 5-1 but our pitchers didn't give up. We had our best man pitching. Maybe he just ran out of gas."

Game notes
The Brewers placed reliever Valerio de los Santos on the 15-day DL with a tear in the left ulnar collateral ligament. De los Santos pitched one inning in Tuesday night's game before leaving. ... Astros pitchers allowed a league-leading 234 homers last season. ... Brewers catcher Henry Blanco left after the fourth inning with a bruised right shoulder. He is day to day.

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