The disabled list apparently agreed with Carl Everett.
Everett kept up a torrid pace with a two-run double that highlighted a five-run rally in the eighth inning Wednesday night, lifting the Houston Astros over Milwaukee Brewers 6-4 and putting them in sole possession of the NL Central lead.
"This was a team victory," Everett said. "Russ Johnson has been spectacular for us. He came up with the big hit to start us off. Then, we just kept going."
The Astros won their third straight game and Milwaukee dropped its fourth in a row. Houston moved one game ahead of Cincinnati, which lost 12-6 to Pittsburgh.
Astros manager Larry Dierker thought the Brewers might walk Everett.
Johnson is hitting .666 in his last nine at-bats as a pinch-hitter including a double, stolen base and three runs scored.
"I was just trying to get on base and do my part," Johnson said. "This is a great team. Nomo pitched a great game and we had to fight back to win this game."
Nomo allowed six hits in seven strong innings. At one stretch, he retired five batters on five pitches.
"He pitched really well against this lineup," Brewers manager Jim Lefebvre said. "We have a lot of confidence when he pitches so I think we play better behind him."
Hampton, who had won his last seven decisions, allowed five hits and struck out nine in seven innings.
Everett walked to start the second inning and scored on Spiers' double. After that, Nomo was in control he retired the side on three pitches in third, then needed just six pitches to get through the fourth.
Grissom went 3-for-4 and also had an RBI single in the eighth inning off Williams.
After Lou Collier got the Brewers' third hit in the first, Hampton retred 15 of the next 16 batters until Grissom tripled with two out in the sixth and scored on Collier's single.
"I was mainly just throwing straight pitches and they were swinging at them," Nomo said. "This is my second toughest type of defeat. The first type is when I get the loss."
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