Series: Game 3 of 4

Houston leads 3-0 (as of 9/10)

Game 1: Monday, September 8
Game 2: Tuesday, September 9
Game 3: Wednesday, September 10
Game 4: Thursday, September 11

Astros 3

(78-67, 36-38 away)

Brewers 1

(62-83, 29-46 home)

    8:05 PM ET, September 10, 2003

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: J. Robertson (14-7)

    L: L. Martinez (0-1)

    S: B. Wagner (41)

    Rookie Robertson collects 14th win

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jeriome Robertson took over after the Houston Astros gave him an early lead.

    Robertson won his 14th game, the most among rookies the season, and the Astros regained sole possession of first place in the NL Central by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 Wednesday night.

    "He pitched well tonight," Jeff Bagwell said. "We needed it. We got the three in the first, but didn't do anything else after that."

    Houston had been tied for the lead since Monday with the Chicago Cubs, who lost 8-4 to the Montreal Expos.

    Since July 8, the Astros have been either in alone or tied for first place except for only four games when they slipped to second place.

    "You have to be concerned with what you do with your own team," said Bagwell, who walked and scored the Astros' first run. "You can't worry about what anybody else did. We go out and win games. We're doing what we're supposed to be doing.

    "It's good to be back in first place, but we got to keep going."

    Robertson (14-7) matched the Astros' rookie record for wins, set when Roy Oswalt went 14-3 two years ago, and sent Milwaukee to its sixth straight loss.

    "I went out there and tried to locate my pitches, nothing spectacular," Roberston said.

    He worked out of bases-loaded jam in the second and allowed his only run when Eddie Perez homered on his first pitch in the fifth inning.

    "Fortunately, we pitched good enough and played good enough defense that those runs held up," Astros manager Jimmy Williams said.

    Houston turned two double plays to back up their pitchers.

    Robertson left after walking Perez leading off the seventh. He allowed six hits, struck out five and walked three, winning for the fourth time in his last five starts.

    Mike Gallo took over for Robertson and allowed just one hit in 1 1-3 innings of relief.

    After Milwaukee had runners at first and second with one out in the eighth, Kirk Bullinger took over and retired the last two batters.

    Billy Wagner pitched a perfect ninth for his 41st save in 44 chances, completing a seven-hitter.

    "The bullpen did a nice job, and, of course, Wagner at the end," Bagwell said.

    Luis Martinez (0-1), making his second career start, gave up three runs, five hits and seven walks in five innings. He made his big league debut Sept. 3 against Cincinnati, giving up three runs, six hits and five walks in four innings.

    Martinez pitched well after the first inning, but the rocky start was too much to overcome.

    "He's not trying to be too fine, but when he misses (the plate), he misses a long ways," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "He held them down after the first inning."

    Bagwell walked with two outs in the first, and the Astros loaded the bases when Jeff Kent hit his 400th career double and Richard Hidalgo was walked intentionally.

    Lance Berkman walked on a 3-1 pitch, forcing in a run, and Raul Chavez followed with a two-run single. Martinez threw 31 pitches in the inning, just 12 for strikes.

    Game notes

    Scott Podsednik was caught stealing in the first, snapping his streak of 14 consecutive stolen bases. Geoff Jenkins had 14 straight stolen bases during a stretch of the 1999 and 2000 seasons. ... The Brewers are 2-7 during a 10-game homestand. ... Perez's 10 homers are a career high. ... Richie Sexson had three hits.

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