HOUSTON -- Claudio Vargas pitched out of bases-loaded jams
in three straight innings to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-to-1
victory over the Houston Astros.
Geoff Jenkins homered and Tony Graffanino and J.J. Hardy also had run-scoring hits for the Brewers, who won a three-game series in Houston for the first time since 1997, when the Astros still played in the Astrodome.
Vargas gave up four hits and five walks in five shutout innings
to get to 2-and-0. Francisco Cordero shut out Houston in the ninth
to improve to 10-for-10 in save chances this season.
Woody Williams allowed five hits and walked two while losing for
the second time in two starts as an Astro in his hometown. He drops
to 0-and-4 this season.
The Brewers have won eight of their last eleven while the Astros
have lost eight of nine.