Helling, Weeks formidable duo in Brewers' win

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Rickie Weeks doesn't always play like a rookie,
but his teammates reminded him Sunday that he is one.

Weeks hit a two-run homer and Rick Helling pitched seven strong
innings to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over the Houston Astros 4-2.

After the game, Weeks and every other Milwaukee rookie was
forced to wear white Hooters tank-tops and tiny black shorts before
the Brewers left for their road trip.

"I'm feeling good," Weeks said before putting on his new
outfit. "I've been hitting the ball but I couldn't find a hole.
Now I guess the holes are finding me."

Houston remained a half-game ahead of Florida in the wild-card
race. The Astros, who failed to move a season-high 12 games over
.500, begin a four-game series with the Marlins on Monday in

"It's a wasted opportunity, no question," said Houston manager
Phil Garner, knowing that Florida already had lost. "We didn't
take (the Brewers) for granted, we just didn't show up

Helling (2-0) was making his fourth start of the season and
picked up his first win as a starter.

He gave up five hits and had a season-high six strikeouts.
Derrick Turnbow pitched the ninth for his 31st save in 34 chances.

"That was probably the least amount of curveballs I've thrown
in my entire career," Helling said. "I had a pretty good cutter
today and I was locating my fastball pretty well, so I stayed with
that all day."

Roy Oswalt (17-12) lost for just the sixth time in his last 20
starts. He lasted six innings and gave up eight hits and four runs.
He struck out five and walked one.

"I felt OK," Oswalt said. "My command was pretty good. That's
the way it goes."

Bill Hall singled off Oswalt with two outs in the fourth before
Weeks connected for his 13th homer of the season and first since
Aug. 31, giving Milwaukee a 3-0 lead.

"Rickie got a curveball up a little bit and he hammered it,"
Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "It was a big part of the game."

Helling escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third and stranded
runners on first and second in the seventh by striking out Brad
Ausmus and pinch-hitter Luke Scott, then getting Willy Taveras to
ground out.

"He had us in a hole all night," Garner said. "He found the
strike zone and he said, `hit it,' and we didn't."

Milwaukee reliever Dana Eveland replaced Helling in the eighth
and gave up a home run to Chris Burke on the first pitch he threw.

Jose Vizcaino tripled on Eveland's next pitch and scored on a
groundout by Jason Lane.

Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead in the first when Carlos Lee singled
home J.J. Hardy with one out. Hall singled and scored the Brewers'
final run in the sixth.

Game notes
Astros 3B Morgan Ensberg did not play for the fifth
consecutive day after suffering a bruised right hand on Monday. ...
With Milwaukee's run in the first, Houston has allowed 72 runs in
the first inning and 72 in the second. The only other inning the
Astros have allowed more runs is 86 in the eighth. ... Oswalt had
won 10 of his last 11 decisions in September. Helling's last
victory against Houston was June 9, 2001, with Texas.