Brown pitched a four-hitter to continue his recent mastery of Houston and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Astros 2-1 Wednesday night.
"He's a great pitcher," said Derek Bell, who was 1-for-17 lifetime against Brown before getting two late hits. "That's why they pay him $100 million. You've got to tip your hat to him."
"I don't think he was quite as good tonight as he was in the playoff game against us," manager Larry Dierker said. "But he's better than most pitchers we face. But that's because he's Kevin Brown."
Brown (12-6) struck out seven and walked two in his second complete game of the season. Brown retired 10 in a row from the fourth to the seventh innings to improve to 3-2 in the regular season against the Astros.
Brown, who beat Houston 1-0 earlier this season in Los Angeles, has allowed only two runs in his last 25 innings against the Astros.
"I've had better and I've had worse," Brown said. "It was just a matter of trying not to let them hit the ball hard. I was trying to mix it up. I threw everything but the kitchen sink. It wasn't a matter of having one good pitch. I just mixed it up."
"I was going to stick with him until his arm fell off," manager Davey Johnson said. "He had a lot of easy innings and a few hard ones. But he was right where he wanted to be."
Chris Holt (2-11) allowed two runs and four hits in eight innings.
"I'm not a 2-11 pitcher," Holt said. "I know I keep saying that. But there's nothing I can do about it except keep trying to keep us in the game."
Devon White led off the seventh with a bunt single and went to second on a throwing error by Holt. White went to third on a groundout and scored on a close play at home on Craig Counsell's infield grounder to make it 2-0.
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