Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/24)

Game 1: Monday, September 23
Milwaukee 6Final
Houston 8
Game 2: Tuesday, September 24
Milwaukee 3Final
Houston 1
Game 3: Wednesday, September 25
Milwaukee 5Final
Houston 7

Brewers 3

(55-102, 24-52 away)

Astros 1

(83-75, 46-34 home)

    8:05 PM ET, September 24, 2002

    Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas 

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    MIL 010200000 3 - -
    HOU 010000000 1 - -

    W: W. Franklin (2-1)

    L: R. Oswalt (19-8)

    S: M. DeJean (26)

    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 fourth.

    ''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.

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