Series: Game 1 of 3

Houston leads 1-0 (as of 7/22)

Game 1: Monday, July 22
Milwaukee 1Final
Houston 3
Game 2: Tuesday, July 23
Milwaukee 4Final
Houston 7
Game 3: Wednesday, July 24
Milwaukee 12Final
Houston 8

Brewers 1

(34-66, 15-35 away)

Astros 3

(48-50, 26-21 home)

    8:05 PM ET, July 22, 2002

    Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas 

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    W: W. Miller (7-3)

    L: G. Rusch (5-10)

    S: B. Wagner (19)

    Brewers' losing streak reaches eight games

    HOUSTON (AP) -- Wade Miller claims not to pay attention to his record against Milwaukee, but the Brewers have noticed.

    Wade Miller
    Starting Pitcher
    Houston Astros
    GM W L Sv K ERA
    14 7 3 0 64 4.59

    ''The only reason I know about it is because someone just told me. I just try to throw my best stuff no matter who we are playing,'' Miller said after pitching seven strong innings to beat Milwaukee for the 10th time in 11 decisions.

    Miller allowed one run and six hits as the Houston Astros beat Milwaukee 3-1 Monday night.

    ''Lets face it, he's got our number,'' Milwaukee's Matt Stairs said. ''He keeps us off balance with his curve and his changeup.''

    Milwaukee lost its eighth straight game, its longest losing streak since an 11-gamer last July.

    Miller (7-3) retired 14 of the first 16 hitters and didn't allow a baserunner to advance past first base until the sixth inning.

    Miller is 7-1 since returning from the disabled list May 29.

    ''It seems like he is getting his stuff from last year back. Early on he wasn't so overpowering,'' Milwaukee's Richie Sexson said. ''The first time we faced him this year velocity was down, but its back now.''

    Miller isn't satisfied.

    ''I don't think I'm at my best yet. I can be better,'' Miller said. ''I know I can have better stuff late in the game. Tonight my fastball wasn't there late in the game.''

    Brad Ausmus homered for the Astros, and Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 23 chances.

    Glendon Rusch (5-10) gave up three runs and 10 hits in six innings to take the loss. He struck out seven and walked two.

    Houston took a 1-0 lead in the third when Rusch issued a bases-loaded walk to Jose Vizcaino with two outs.

    A single by Craig Biggio, a walk to Jeff Bagwell and an infield single by Richard Hidalgo loaded the bases for Vizcaino.

    The Astros increased their lead to 2-0 in the fourth, when Ausmus led off with his fourth home run of the season.

    Houston moved ahead 3-0 in the fifth after Lance Berkman led off with a double and scored on Bagwell's single.

    Milwaukee cut its deficit to 3-1 in the sixth when Paul Bako walked, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on Eric Young's double.

    Game notes

    Houston's Octavio Dotel leads the major leagues in strikeouts by a reliever with 81 ... Hidalgo was in a 1-for-17 skid before singling in the third inning. ... Milwaukee is 15-35 on the road.

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