Franklin beats former team again


HOUSTON (AP) -- Beating his old team twice was more than enough
for Wayne Franklin.

Franklin, traded away by Houston on Sept. 3, beat his former
team for the second time in five days as the Milwaukee Brewers beat
the Astros 3-1 Tuesday night.

''Before the game I felt it,'' Franklin said. ''But after the
game started, I got over the feeling about the trade and that part
of my career. I'm a Brewer now.''

The Astros, whose stadium has a retractable roof, had their
first rain delay at home since the early 1960s.

The start of the game at Minute Maid Park was delayed by 19
minutes because of rain. Team officials elected to use a tarp to
cover the infield before deciding to close the roof.

Before moving to the ballpark, known then as Enron Field, the
Astros played in the Astrodome.

The team's only home rainouts were three games at Colt Stadium
in 1962. In addition, a game was postponed on June 15, 1976, when
10 inches of rain fell in the Houston area and fans couldn't get to
the dome because of flooding. The Astrodome opened in 1965.

Franklin also beat his former team 5-4 on Sept. 19 for his first
major league victory.

''I hope this isn't a Cinderella story,'' Franklin said. ''I
hope this becomes a normal occurrence.''

Roy Oswalt (19-8) was thwarted in his third attempt to become a
20-game winner despite giving up three runs on six hits in eight
innings of work. He struck out nine and walked four.

Oswalt is 1-3 with a 4.85 ERA in four starts against Milwaukee
this season.

Matt Stairs hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Oswalt in the

''It was nice to beat him,'' Stairs said. ''We have had a bad
year and we didn't want him to get his 20th win against us. He
pitched us up around the neck earlier in the year after home runs.
When someone comes up and in on you, you remember those neck balls
and you want revenge.''

Franklin (2-1) pitched six innings and gave up one run on four
hits, while striking out four and walking four.

Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead in the second inning after Sexson
doubled and scored on a single by Jose Hernandez.

Houston tied the score in the second when Jeff Bagwell led off
with a double and scored on a single by Jose Vizcaino.

Game notes
With 52 road losses this season, Milwaukee is three losses
away from the franchise record. ... Stairs' fourth-inning home run
was the Brewers fourth home run in their last 16 games. ... Jose
Hernandez didn't strike out Tuesday night against Houston, leaving
him one short of Bobby Bonds' major league record of 189 set in
1970. ... Houston's Jason Lane walked in the fourth inning after
Franklin touched his hand to his mouth for an automatic ball.