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Fielder's 41st among five Brewers home runs in 14-2 rout of Astros

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MILWAUKEE -- The Houston Astros found out the hard way that you have to throw quality pitches to the middle of Milwaukee's batting order.

Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and Corey Hart each hit a three-run homer, and the Brewers connected five times in all to beat Houston 14-2 on Wednesday night.

"You can't make mistakes on those guys," Astros interim manager Cecil Cooper said about the 3-4-5 hitters in Milwaukee's lineup.

Yovani Gallardo (7-4) pitched seven shutout innings and Milwaukee won for the fifth time in six games. The Brewers remained a half-game behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

"Once we got that lead, I tried to go out there and throw strikes," Gallardo said. "It worked out well."

The Brewers have had trouble holding leads this year, but this one was never in doubt as they set a season high for runs.

"Offense got on board early," manager Ned Yost said. "I like the way it sets up right now. They're all swinging the bats well."

Fielder hit his NL-leading 41st home run in the first inning and has 102 RBI. Braun hit his 28th in the second and Hart hit his 20th in the fourth.

"We've got five young players that it's hard to find anywhere else," Yost said, referring to those three sluggers plus Rickie Weeks and J.J. Hardy.

Geoff Jenkins followed Hart's home run with his 20th to make it 11-0, and Bill Hall hit his 13th in the sixth. Milwaukee leads the major leagues with 192 home runs.

Houston starter Matt Albers (4-7) lasted only three innings, giving up seven runs and six hits with three walks. Albers and reliever Felipe Paulino combined to walk five batters in the first four innings, and all of them scored.

"Our job is to get on base, period," said Weeks, who walked three times. "So the guys behind us can hit us in. We're doing a pretty good job of that lately."

The loss dropped the Astros to 4-5 since Cooper succeeded the fired Phil Garner on Aug. 27, but it didn't diminish his sense of humor.

"Their park played a little small tonight, don't you think?" Cooper asked rhetorically with a laugh.

The Brewers have the second-worst road record in the NL at 26-42 and will play 13 of their next 16 away from Miller Park after an off day Thursday.

With the big lead, Yost pulled Fielder, Braun, Hart and Hardy midway through the game.

Gallardo allowed six hits and two walks, but induced three double plays to keep Houston off the scoreboard. The right-hander struck out five to win his second successive start.

Albers was wild from the beginning, walking Weeks and Gabe Gross to open the first. Fielder's fly to center hit off the glove of a leaping Hunter Pence and over the fence for a 3-0 lead.

Gallardo doubled and Gross walked in the second, and Braun hit a home run to left that made it 6-0.

Johnny Estrada's double scored Hart to give Milwaukee a 7-0 lead after three innings.

Paulino made his major league debut in the fourth, and walked Weeks and Fielder. Hart then went deep to make it 10-0.

Luke Scott hit a two-run homer for Houston in the ninth.

Notes

  • Braun's 28 homers ties the franchise rookie record set by Fielder a year ago.
  • Brewers starting pitchers are 6-0 in the past eight games.
  • Milwaukee's previous season high for runs came in a 13-4 victory at the Chicago Cubs on June 30.
  • Hart became the fifth player in Brewers history to hit at least 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in a season. The others are Tommy Harper (1970), Robin Yount (1980), Jeromy Burnitz (1997) and Marquis Grissom (1999).
 
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17-2? No, but Vinny Rottino's two-run double helps this game nearly match the Orioles-Devil Rays score. (AP)
17-2? No, but Vinny Rottino's two-run double helps this game nearly match the Orioles-Devil Rays score. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

Y. Gallardo
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 2
K 5
Milwaukee

C. Hart
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Houston Astros
Hunter Pence, CF4020010 .330
Chris Burke, 2B4010012 .230
Lance Berkman, 1B3010001 .278
    J.R. Towles, C1000001 .000
Carlos Lee, LF2010001 .299
   a- Josh Anderson, PH-LF1000101 .000
Mike Lamb, 3B3000013 .291
    Eric Bruntlett, 3B0100100 .240
Luke Scott, RF4122001 .257
Cody Ransom, SS4000022 .000
Eric Munson, C-1B3010110 .242
Matt Albers, P1000010 .091
    Felipe Paulino, P1000012 .000
   b- Jason Lane, PH1000001 .176
    Mark McLemore, P0000000 .000
    Brian Moehler, P0000000 .200
   c- Humberto Quintero, PH1000010 .231
Totals3328239  
a-walked for Lee in the 6th
b-grounded into a double play for Paulino in the 7th
c-struck out for Moehler in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chris Burke (15, Gallardo), Luke Scott (27, Gallardo)
HR - Luke Scott (17, King)
RBI - Luke Scott 2 (62)
Team LOB - 7
Houston Astros
Matt Albers (L,4-7) 3677322 5.88
Felipe Paulino 3655213 15.00
Mark McLemore 1122210 3.90
Brian Moehler 1000110 4.50
WP - Felipe Paulino (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Albers 64-38, Felipe Paulino 62-36, Mark McLemore 25-12, Brian Moehler 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Albers 4-3, Felipe Paulino 5-3, Brian Moehler 1-1
Batters Faced - Matt Albers 18, Felipe Paulino 17, Mark McLemore 6, Brian Moehler 4
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B2300322 .228
Gabe Gross, RF2200302 .257
Ryan Braun, 3B3213002 .334
    Joe Dillon, 3B2000012 .372
Prince Fielder, 1B2213100 .285
    Vinny Rottino, 1B2012000 .200
Corey Hart, CF3223000 .292
   a- Bill Hall, PH-CF2111001 .260
Geoff Jenkins, LF4131001 .271
    Mike Rivera, C1000010 .000
Johnny Estrada, C4021001 .283
    Matt Wise, P00000001.000
   b- Kevin Mench, PH1000000 .272
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
J.J. Hardy, SS2000011 .274
   c- Craig Counsell, PH-SS2010102 .224
Yovani Gallardo, P3110002 .281
   d- Mel Stocker, PH-LF2000001 .000
Totals3714131485  
a-homered for Hart in the 6th
b-flied out for Wise in the 8th
c-doubled for Hardy in the 5th
d-lined out for Gallardo in the 7th
Batting
2B - Vinny Rottino (1, McLemore), Corey Hart (27, Albers), Johnny Estrada (25, Albers), Craig Counsell (12, Paulino), Yovani Gallardo (2, Albers)
HR - Ryan Braun (28, Albers), Prince Fielder (41, Albers), Corey Hart (20, Paulino), Bill Hall (13, Paulino), Geoff Jenkins (20, Paulino)
RBI - Ryan Braun 3 (76), Prince Fielder 3 (102), Vinny Rottino 2 (2), Corey Hart 3 (68), Bill Hall (58), Geoff Jenkins (59), Johnny Estrada (44)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Braun 3 (32), Vinny Rottino 2 (2), Corey Hart 3 (29), Bill Hall (20), Geoff Jenkins (16)
SB - Geoff Jenkins (2, 2nd base off Albers/Munson)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Weeks-Fielder, Hardy-Weeks-Fielder, Dillon-Weeks-Rottino
PB - Johnny Estrada (5)
E - Rickie Weeks (11, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Yovani Gallardo (W,7-4) 7600250 4.27
Matt Wise 1100010 3.68
Ray King 1122131 4.93
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 91-63, Matt Wise 13-10, Ray King 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 9-5
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 27, Matt Wise 4, Ray King 5
Game Information
Attendance - 28988
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Field Culbreth