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Podsednik drives in four

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Doug Davis knew exactly how the Milwaukee
Brewers beat the Houston Astros, and the reason was pretty simple.

"It was a total team effort all the way around, offensively and
defensively," he said after the Brewers' 9-3 victory on Friday
night.

Scott Podsednik hit a three-run homer and an RBI double, and
Geoff Jenkins and Junior Spivey also homered for the Brewers, who
have beaten Astros starter Tim Redding three times this season.

Davis flew back a day ahead of his start. The rest of his
teammates played a night game against the Anaheim Angels and then
flew home, arriving at Miller Park at 6:20 a.m. Friday.

"You can find excuses to be not successful," manager Ned Yost
said. "They didn't use that as an excuse."

Jeff Kent extended his career-best hitting streak to 25 games --
a franchise record and tied for the longest in the majors this
season -- with a leadoff double in the second inning. He broke the
mark he shared with Tony Eusebio, who hit in 24 straight in 2000.

The Brewers turned three double plays to support Davis, all of
them started by third baseman Bill Hall. He also had a lunging stab
of a liner by Craig Biggio in the fifth inning.

"I'm a guy that needs those plays," Davis said. "Billy did
make a great diving play and the three double plays he started."

Davis (5-5) gave up three runs on seven hits in six innings. He
struck out three and walked a season-high five in his first victory
in six career starts against the Astros -- including two losses
earlier this season.

He described his success Friday night in an unusual way.

"Effectively wild," he said. "Effectively wild because I had
five walks and four strikeouts. So, it's not like I was over the
plate all the time."

Redding (3-5) left with a 3-2 lead and two on and one out in the
sixth. Mike Gallo got pinch-hitter Keith Ginter to ground out, but
then gave up Podsednik's homer, his eighth, as Milwaukee retook the
lead 5-3.

Gallo knew he made a mistake that hurt his team.

"I was trying to get him to chase something out of the zone,"
Gallo said. "I had two strikes on him, and I guided it in there.
He made me pay for it. I let my team down."

Astros manager Jimy Williams agreed that the sixth was the
turning point.

"For six innings we were in it, but then they got some big
hits," he said. "Podsednik's was probably the biggest hit of the
night because at that time we were still up one with two outs."

The Brewers added three runs off reliever Chad Harville in the
seventh. Craig Counsell hit a two-run single, and Podsednik added a
run-scoring double to make it 8-3.

Jenkins hit his seventh homer -- a solo shot -- in the eighth.

With the Astros trailing 2-1, Lance Berkman hit a solo homer to
tie it in the sixth. Jason Lane followed with a double and scored
on Morgan Ensberg's single as the Astros regained the lead with two
runs off Davis.

Brad Ausmus' run-scoring single in the second gave the Astros a
1-0 lead.

The Brewers went ahead 2-1 in the third on Spivey's homer and an
unearned run.

Spivey hit the first pitch from Redding into the left-field
seats for his fourth homer. Geoff Jenkins then reached on first
baseman Jeff Bagwell's throwing error, Lyle Overbay singled and
Hall walked before Ben Grieve grounded out to second, scoring
Jenkins.

Game notes
Podsednik equaled his career-mark driving in four runs. It
was the third time in his career his done it, the last being Aug.
16, 2003, at Pittsburgh. ... The three homers by Milwaukee were the
most the club has hit since May 7 at New York. ... Jenkins, Overbay
and Chad Moeller each had three hits for Milwaukee.