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Davis extends scoreless string to 17 innings

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers haven't had a winning
season since 1992, so they're not about to start judging the
quality of their victories.

Doug Davis allowed two hits over seven innings and the Milwaukee
Brewers (24-23) beat nemesis Roy Oswalt and the Houston Astros 3-0
on Friday night for their sixth straight win at Miller Park.

"It was ugly, but I was effectively wild tonight," said Davis,
who walked five and saw his run support wither after Jeff Cirillo
scored on Lyle Overbay's fielder's choice grounder in the first.

Only Damian Miller's two-run single off center fielder Willy
Taveras's glove in the eighth gave the Brewers some breathing room,
not that Milwaukee manager Ned Yost was one to quibble with his
light-hitting lineup.

"It was enough," Yost said. "It was plenty. It's all we
needed. We made good on that opportunity."

Davis (6-5) extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to
17 despite his wildness and he struck out seven. Jorge De La Rosa
pitched the eighth and Derrick Turnbow the ninth, earning his
seventh save in nine chances. Turnbow allowed the third Houston
hit.

The Brewers, who have allowed a total of three runs in their
last four games, have won 13 of their last 16 at Miller Park. The
Astros fell to 1-6 on their current road trip and are 3-22 away
from Minute Maid Park. They have been shut out seven times on the
road and eight overall this season.

"It's absolutely frustrating," Astros manager Phil Garner
lamented. "We have to find a way to stop it. You can't expect your
pitchers to throw shutouts."

Before leaving with back stiffness, Oswalt (5-6) gave up one run
and two hits in six innings. All three of his walks came in the
first, when he allowed his one run but also left the bases loaded.
He lost for just the fifth time in 15 starts against Milwaukee.

Oswalt said he felt a twinge when he slipped on a pitch early in
the game, then toughed it out as long as he could.

"It doesn't hurt, it's just stiff," he said.

The Astros left the bases loaded in the second when Oswalt made
the third out on a close call at first when shortstop Bill Hall
fielded his hopper and hurried an off-balance throw.

"The guys on the replay said I made it," Oswalt said. "But
[first base umpire Joe Brinkman] said I was out, so I guess it only
counts on TV."

Added Garner: "That happened in the second inning. We had
plenty of time to do something and we didn't."

The Brewers scored their run off Oswalt when Overbay didn't draw
the relay throw at first after third baseman Morgan Ensberg had
trouble getting the ball out of his glove and Carlos Lee took out
second baseman Craig Biggio to break up what would have been an
inning-ending double play.

Hall extended his hitting streak to a career-high eight games
with a double leading off the fifth.

Game notes
Brewers ace Ben Sheets, who's been on the DL for more than
a month with an inner ear problem, will return to the rotation
Saturday night against the Astros, who will counter with LHP Wandy
Rodriguez. The Astros originally slated RHP Ezequiel Astacio to
start, but Garner said he wants to see how Astacio does in long
relief. The Brewers sent RHP Mike Adams (2.70 ERA) to Triple-A
Nashville to make room on the roster for Sheets.