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Preview: Astros, Brewers Face Off In Mid-Week Rubber Match

(Sports Network) - Right-hander Dave Bush can continue a career's worth of success against the Houston Astros today when the Milwaukee Brewers host them in the finale of a three-game series at Miller Park.

The teams have split the first two games of the midweek set, with Houston winning Monday's opener before Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo pitched six solid frames and added his third home run of the season in a 7-5 win Tuesday.

Gallardo (8-3) gave up four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks to pick up the victory. Prince Fielder hit two home runs and drove in three, as Milwaukee won for the seventh time in nine games.

Brett Myers (5-6) surrendered a career-worst four home runs -- seven runs total -- along with nine hits and two walks with five strikeouts over six frames.

Michael Bourn finished with two runs batted in and two runs scored, Pedro Feliz homered and Lance Berkman went 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Astros, who have lost three of four.

The third-place Brewers are eight games off the pace in the National League's Central Division, while the Astros sit two spots below at 13 1/2 games back of first-place St. Louis.

Bush, drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002, is 6-1 in 14 lifetime meetings with Houston, 12 starts, while posting an economical 3.25 earned run average against the Astros across 80 1/3 innings.

He got a no-decision in his most recent outing against them, tossing five innings and allowing a pair of unearned runs in a game the Brewers eventually won, 4-3, on May 27 in Milwaukee.

The 30-year-old is 2-0 in five appearances since, including consecutive defeats of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Seattle on June 15 and 25, respectively.

He is 1-3 in seven home starts in 2010.

Tonight Houston turns to 31-year-old southpaw Wandy Rodriguez, who won his last trip to the hill to end a three-start losing streak.

A 14-game winner for the Astros last season, Rodriguez dropped his 10th game of 2010 on June 18 against Texas before rallying to down San Francisco, 7-5, on June 24 at home.

In that game, he allowed four hits and two unearned runs in six innings, walking one and striking out three while lowering his ERA from 6.09 to 5.64.

Rodriguez is 5-6 lifetime against Milwaukee in 15 games and is just 1-6 in eight road starts in 2010.

Milwaukee took two of three from the Astros earlier in the season.

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