ARLINGTON -- The Astros are three games away from returning home, and Craig Biggio is four hits away from the coveted 3,000 milestone that everyone -- Biggio, his family, the Astros and their fans -- hope he records at home.
Biggio is on a hot streak, but it's likely he's only going to play one game in Milwaukee. Manager Phil Garner was toying with the idea of sitting him out on Monday, due partly to the fact that the Astros were scheduled to arrive in Milwaukee around 5 a.m. that morning.
"I'll talk to him, but I think he'll still let me make the call," Garner said following the Astros' 12-9 win over the Rangers on Sunday.
That in Arlington lasted more than 3 1/2 hours, pushing the Astros' arrival time in their next city to the wee hours. Whether Garner would have sat Biggio on Monday if he was more than four hits away heading into the Milwaukee series is unclear. But Biggio can probably count on two days off in Milwaukee -- Game 1, and Game 3 on Wednesday.
Biggio hasn't had the greatest year at the plate, but he appears to be making up for lost time during this road trip. He logged three hits in the finale with the Rangers, with the final blow -- a double in the 10th -- making the difference. That double drove in Morgan Ensberg to break a 9-all tie, highlighting a three-run frame that sealed the win.
The double also was a history-maker. Biggio is now the all-time leader in doubles among right-handed hitters. His 658 two-baggers rank sixth among all players in Major League history.
"I'm not going to sugarcoat it -- it's a pretty special one right there," Biggio said. "It was a big run for us at the time, and we were able to get another. To be able to come back like we did tonight shows a lot of character about the guys in here. We just kept battling. We had a lot of heroes. It was a good night for us."
"That's phenomenal," Garner said of Biggio's doubles record. "Doubles for me are part of the power equation. That's phenomenal. Just one more nail in that plaque in Cooperstown. If that's not a first-time ballot, there is no such thing."
Biggio appears to be undaunted when he's at the plate, seemingly able to block out any pressure he feels as he inches closer to the 3,000-hit milestone. Long ago, he vowed to enjoy the run, and it looks like he's making good on that promise.
"I'm excited about it," he said. "You come here to Arlington, the fans are going, 'BEE-GEE-O.' That makes you feel great. I love Texas, the fans have been great to me here. I said all along, I'm going to enjoy this thing with the fans and that's what we're doing. To win like we did tonight was pretty exciting."
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.