HOUSTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Jeff Bagwell's two-run single capped a four-run sixth inning Monday night as the Houston Astros handed the Milwaukee Brewers their 15th loss in 19 games, 8-6.
With the game tied, 4-4, rookie Jason Lane led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk against starter Glendon Rusch (10-15) and Gregg Zaun laid down a bunt single. Adam Everett bunted back to the mound, but Rusch threw well wide of third base, allowing Lane to score the go-ahead run.
Reliever Mike Matthews walked Geoff Blum to load the bases. After Brian Hunter struck out and Zaun was forced at the plate on a grounder by Craig Biggio, Matthews walked in pinch hitter Morgan Ensberg to make it 6-4.
Bagwell greeted former Astro Jose Cabrera with a single to left field that scored Blum and Biggio to put Houston ahead by four runs.
Brandon Puffer (3-3) pitched the top of the sixth to earn the Astros' fourth victory in 10 games. Billy Wagner struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 34th save.
Jose Hernandez entered the game with 188 strikeouts -one shy of Bobby Bonds' 1970 major league record - and was kept out of the lineup over the weekend against San Francisco so he could not match the mark at home.
Back in the lineup at Minute Maid Park, Hernandez responded by going 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.