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