MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers have seen a lot of leads disappear this season, but closer Francisco Cordero wasn't about to let it happen this time.
With Milwaukee leading 5-3 in the ninth inning last night, the Astros put two runners on before Cordero faced two of Houston's best hitters.
First he got Lance Berkman to strike out.
Then he got Carlos Lee to ground out to end the game.
With the win, the Brewers are just half a game behind first-place Chicago in the Central Division.
The Cubs lost to the Dodgers last night.
Cordero set a franchise record with his 40th save, beating the record of 39 by Dan Kolb in 2004 and Derrick Turnbow in 2005.
Rookie Ryan Braun gave the Brewers an early lead by hitting his 27th home run in the first inning.
The Brewers also rallied for two runs in the fifth inning on an RBI double by Corey Hart and run-scoring single by Geoff Jenkins.