Brewers 10, Astros 9, 10 Innings
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ The Milwaukee Brewers overcame a seven-run deficit in the ninth inning, then beat the Houston Astros 10-9 in the opener of Monday’s doubleheader when Jose Hernandez homered in the 10th.
Down 9-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, Milwaukee scored seven runs against Doug Jones, Jose Cabrera and Billy Wagner, who blew his fourth save chance of the year. Houston lost its sixth straight.
Hernandez, who hit his third homer in three days, also had a two-run double in the ninth inning, while Jeromy Burnitz’s two-run single with two outs tied the game. The comeback came in a nearly empty County Stadium, where a few thousand fans saw the Brewers’ biggest comeback in any inning since September 1998.
Hernandez hit a one-out pitch from Joe Slusarski (0-2) into the left-field bleachers. David Weathers (3-1) pitched the 10th as Milwaukee won for the fourth time in five games.
The ninth began with a walk to Burnitz. Lyle Mouton had a run-scoring double, followed by a two-run double off Jones by Hernandez. Marquis Grissom singled in a run against Cabrera, cutting the lead to 9-6.
After Wagner entered the game, he walked Raul Casanova before striking out James Mouton and Ron Belliard. But Mark Loretta singled to drive in Hernandez, and Burnitz’s two-run single tied the game.
The Astros’ bullpen collapse wasted seven strong innings from Shane Reynolds, who gave up a two-run double by Lyle Mouton in the first inning but didn’t allow another runner to reach third while giving up six hits with four strikeouts.
Both teams originally were scheduled for a day off Monday, but the Astros made a 24-hour stopover on their way home from Montreal following a pair of rainouts against the Brewers last week.
Houston scored three runs in the eighth and two in the ninth to build its lead. The Astros got run-scoring singles in the eighth by Tony Eusebio and Biggio, while Bill Spiers had a two-run double in the ninth.
Richard Hidalgo’s three-run homer in the third inning scored Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. It came off Steve Woodard, who in his previous start stopped his 16-game winless streak. Woodard hasn’t won at County Stadium since July 16.
Notes: Reynolds didn’t get a decision last Tuesday when the Brewers beat the Astros in 16 innings. ... Bagwell had two doubles. ... Woodard was scheduled to start one of the games against Houston that was rained out last week. He hadn’t started a game since May 11, though he struck out one batter in a relief appearance at Pittsburgh on May 14. ... Houston was trying to become the second team in as many days to snap a lengthy road winless streak at County Stadium. On Sunday, San Francisco beat Milwaukee 16-10 to end an eight-game skid.