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Biggio Bounces Brewers

Craig Biggio hit his first grand slam in 13 years with one out in the ninth and the Houston Astros beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 on Friday night to extend their winning streak to five.

Chris Burke led off the ninth with a bunt single off Matt Wise (0-1). Adam Everett then walked on four pitches while trying to sacrifice Burke over.

Brad Ausmus bunted, but catcher Johnny Estrada couldn't throw out Burke at third to load the bases with no outs. Greg Aquino struck out pinch-hitter Mike Lamb before Biggio hit his third career grand slam into the Brewers' bullpen in left center field. Bill Hall's leaping attempt at the wall came up short and he looked up to the sky in disbelief.

It was Biggio's first grand slam since July 24, 1994, against Pittsburgh. His other came in 1989.

Rick White (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory. The Astros are now 6-1 on the road to start the season.

Former Astros closer Brad Lidge walked Tony Gwynn and Rickie Weeks to begin the ninth, and after a strikeout, Prince Fielder homered down the right field line to cut Houston's lead to 6-5.

Lidge then got Hall to ground out, before Estrada hit a double to the gap. The Astros brought in Trever Miller to face pinch hitter Corey Hart, who was intentionally walked.

The Astros pulled Miller for right-hander Chad Qualls, who got pinch-hitter Gabe Gross to ground out for his first save.

Everett and Ausmus also helped chase Brewers starter Ben Sheets from the game by hitting back-to-back doubles in the seventh to tie the game at 2, the Astros' first run since the first inning.

Sheets walked Biggio, who returned to the lineup after a day off Thursday. Biggio stole second and went to third on a throwing error by Estrada before scoring on an RBI groundout by Lance Berkman, who came into the game hitting .341 with 18 homers and 68 RBIs in his career against the Brewers.

Sheets allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Astros starter Matt Albers, making his third major-league start and first this season, labored through six innings. He allowed two runs and six hits with three walks. Albers was filling in for Jason Jennings, who went on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right elbow.

The Brewers scored on Hall's single in the first and J.J. Hardy's leadoff homer in the fifth before the ninth inning rally.


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