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Brewers 4, Astros 2

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MILWAUKEE -- Bill Hall doesn't mind his role as a utility player and it's showing at the plate.

Hall had three hits for the third consecutive game, including a home run, and Damian Miller hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

"I am embracing being in the lineup, no matter how I get in there," said Hall, who made his ninth start at third base Monday. He has also started five games at shortstop and two at second base after heading in to the offseason expecting to be the everyday third baseman for Milwaukee. Then the Brewers acquired Corey Koskie, forcing Hall to play any number of positions, including center field, to stay in the lineup.

The plan is working. He is now hitting .348 in 20 games.

"I feel pretty good up there," Hall said. "It's fun right now. Everybody on the team is swinging the bat well. We always knew we could get on a roll like this, and, hopefully, here we go."

The victory, Milwaukee's sixth in its last seven games, was tempered by the loss of starter Tomo Ohka, who left the game after the fifth inning with a right shoulder cuff strain. Ohka retired 13 batters in a row at one point, and gave up two hits and one run before leaving. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

Ohka said his shoulder started to bother him in the fourth inning. Brewers manager Ned Yost said he approached Ohka after the fifth, and he said his shoulder was getting tight. Yost immediately decided to go to the bullpen.

"He wanted to go back out," Yost said. "We didn't want to take any chances with him."

Ohka said he thinks he will be OK.

"It is stiff," he said of the shoulder, which was wrapped in ice after the game. "I will see tomorrow how I feel."

Milwaukee scored twice in the eighth to break a 2-2 tie.

Prince Fielder opened the inning with a walk, and Hall doubled him to third. Miller and Brady Clark followed with back-to-back sacrifices to score Fielder and Hall.

Matt Wise (2-1) pitched the eighth for the win, and Derrick Turnbow struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth save in nine chances.

Dan Wheeler (0-1) took the loss in relief of Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez. Rodriguez gave up two runs, both on solo homers, and seven hits in six innings in his bid to win his fifth consecutive decision. He struck out four and walked one.

A key defensive play in the eighth may have saved the game for Milwaukee, as Craig Biggio lined a ball into the right-field corner with one out. Geoff Jenkins fielded it cleanly and threw to Rickie Weeks, who made a perfect throw to Hall at third base to get the sliding Biggio.

"Biggio made his mind up. He knew what he wanted to do," Astros manager Phil Garner said. "Most guys get thrown out if people make good throws, and they made two."

Hall called it "by far the play of the game."

"The game changes right there if he gets to third and they score a run," he said. "They can bring in (Brad) Lidge, and we don't want to face him. We want to keep him on a two-day vacation in Milwaukee."

Yost said Weeks, maligned for his defense in his young career, had "as good a game as you can play at second base."

In addition, center fielder Clark made a full-extension diving catch to snag Morgan Ensberg's sinking liner in the fourth inning. Fielder also made a diving play in the sixth to rob Willy Taveras of an extra-base hit.

Hall also had a homer in the sixth. Hall has nine hits in his last 14 at-bats. Fifteen of his 23 hits this season have gone for extra bases, including six home runs.

"We're just doing what everybody expected us to do, and what we feel like we can do," Hall said. "And when it all comes together, we're a dangerous team. We're definitely a team to be reckoned with in the National League Central."

Ohka was impressive early. He retired 13 batters in a row after giving up consecutive singles to Biggio and Taveras to start the game.

Carlos Lee, coming off an April in which he hit a team-record 10 home runs, also homered for Milwaukee. Backup Astros catcher Eric Munson homered in the seventh for Houston's first hit since the first inning.

Notes

Brewers LHP Chris Capuano was selected the NL player of the week after throwing a shutout in a 9-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday and working seven strong innings in a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves. ... Jenkins has an eight-game hitting streak. He is 13 for his last 31 (.419).

 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

T. Ohka
IP 5.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 2
K 4
Milwaukee

C. Lee
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Houston Astros
Craig Biggio, 2B4120002
Willy Taveras, CF4010010
Lance Berkman, 1B4001000
Morgan Ensberg, 3B4000012
Preston Wilson, LF4000022
Jason Lane, RF4000021
Eric Munson, C2111100
    Dan Wheeler, P0000000
    Mike Gallo, P0000000
Adam Everett, SS2000120
Wandy Rodriguez, P1000000
    Brad Ausmus, C1000000
Totals30242287 
Batting
2B - Craig Biggio (, Wise)
HR - Eric Munson (, Capellan)
SH - Wandy Rodriguez ()
RBI - Lance Berkman (), Eric Munson ()
2-OUT RBI - Eric Munson ()
Team LOB - 4
Houston Astros
Wandy Rodriguez 6722142
Dan Wheeler (L,-) 1.2222110
Mike Gallo 0.1000000
HBP - Clark (by Wandy Rodriguez)
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 97-63, Dan Wheeler 23-12, Mike Gallo 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 7-7, Dan Wheeler 1-3
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 27, Dan Wheeler 8, Mike Gallo 1
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4010014
J.J. Hardy, SS4000012
Geoff Jenkins, RF4020001
Carlos Lee, LF4111004
Prince Fielder, 1B2100210
Bill Hall, 3B4231011
Damian Miller, C3011000
Brady Clark, CF2001001
Tomo Ohka, P2000014
    Jose Capellan, P0000000
   a- Jeff Cirillo, PH1010000
    Matt Wise, P0000000
   b- Gabe Gross, PH1000000
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000
Totals314942517 
a-singled for Capellan in the 7th
b-flied out for Wise in the 8th
Batting
2B - Bill Hall (, Wheeler), Damian Miller (, Rodriguez)
HR - Carlos Lee (, Rodriguez), Bill Hall (, Rodriguez)
SF - Damian Miller (), Brady Clark ()
RBI - Carlos Lee (), Bill Hall (), Damian Miller (), Brady Clark ()
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee ()
SB - Rickie Weeks (, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Munson)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Geoff Jenkins 1
E - Carlos Lee (, Misplayed fly ball), Tomo Ohka (, Wild throw)
Milwaukee Brewers
Tomo Ohka 5210240
Jose Capellan 2111011
Matt Wise (W,-) 1100000
Derrick Turnbow (S,) 1000030
Pitches-Strikes - Tomo Ohka 64-40, Jose Capellan 26-18, Matt Wise 12-9, Derrick Turnbow 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tomo Ohka 4-7, Jose Capellan 2-3, Matt Wise 1-1
Batters Faced - Tomo Ohka 19, Jose Capellan 7, Matt Wise 3, Derrick Turnbow 4
Game Information
Attendance - 12258
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Jerry Crawford