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Pence, Astros knock Brewers out of first with 10th-inning win

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HOUSTON -- Hunter Pence lost his breath on one hit and won the game with another.

An inning after crashing into the right-field wall, Pence singled home the winning run in the 10th and the Houston Astros beat Milwaukee 5-4 Wednesday night, dropping the Brewers one game behind Chicago in the NL Central.

Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Astros closer Brad Lidge to force extra innings. But the Brewers, who had won four in a row, wound up losing ground to Chicago in the division race -- the Cubs beat Cincinnati 3-2.

"Any time you lose a game, it's tough to watch," said Milwaukee starter Dave Bush, who pitched six innings. "There's a lot more at stake now, so it's even tougher."

Milwaukee opens a four-game series in Atlanta on Thursday night. The Cubs are idle, then host Pittsburgh over the weekend.

"We've played two less games (than the Cubs), so we've got to win a significant number of games down the stretch," Bush said. "Every game's important. Obviously, we'd like to win them all."

Carlos Lee homered and hit an RBI single for the Astros, who won for just the fifth time in 18 games against Milwaukee this year.

Weeks homered with one out, tying it at 4-4. Pence slammed into the wall chasing the drive and crumpled to the ground. He got up after a few minutes and stayed in the game.

"It just kind of knocked the wind out of me, a little whiplash, kind of a car wreck," Pence said. "I just couldn't move there for a second. But once I caught my breath, I was fine."

Lidge (5-2) pitched a perfect 10th, striking out two, and picked up the victory.

Orlando Palmeiro pinch hit for Lidge and drew a leadoff walk from Matt Wise (3-2) to start the 10th. Pitcher Brandon Backe pinch ran for Palmeiro, went to second on Lance Berkman's single and dashed for third on Lee's fly out to center.

Pence batted next, after convincing Houston manager Cecil Cooper he was OK from the collision.

"I was close to taking him out," Cooper said.

Pence fouled off the first 3-2 pitch he saw from Wise, then lined the next one into left field to bring home Backe.

Prince Fielder hit his 47th homer for Milwaukee, stretching his hitting streak to 17 games.

Milwaukee led 2-1 when Mark Loretta tied the game in the seventh with a two-out, RBI single off Brian Shouse.

Josh Anderson, one of five rookies in the Astros lineup, led off the eighth with a single and went to second on Craig Biggio's bunt. Shouse intentionally walked Berkman and Milwaukee manager Ned Yost called in Derrick Turnbow to relieve.

Lee then singled to left to score Anderson and Pence followed with a sacrifice fly, scoring Berkman to make it 4-2.

Lidge struck out Craig Counsell, but J.J. Hardy doubled. Weeks, who snapped an 0-for-16 slump with a homer on Tuesday, then drove a 3-2 pitch into the right-field seats.

"You just try to get ahead in the count and hope he comes with a fastball," Weeks said. "I got a fastball, and I just tried to hit it hard."

Juan Gutierrez, a 23-year-old rookie, made his second major league start for Houston. Just like rookie Felipe Paulino on Tuesday night, Gutierrez ran into his trouble in the fourth inning.

Fielder launched the first pitch into the balcony in left center. Corey Hart then doubled off the left-field wall, went to third on Gabe Gross' fly out and came home on Johnny Estrada's sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.

Lee hit a towering homer to left off Bush in the Astros' fourth, his 30th of the season.

Scott Linebrink relieved Bush for the Houston seventh and Ty Wigginton started Houston's comeback by beating out a grounder that Counsell had to backhand at third base.

Wigginton went to second on a wild pitch and Linebrink walked Cody Ransom. Yost brought in the left-handed Shouse, but Loretta singled to right to score Wigginton.

Notes

  • The Brewers lead the majors with 215 homers. They're one shy of the team record, set in 1982.
  • Lee and Berkman both have 30 homers this year, the fifth time in team history two Astros have hit that many in the same season.
  • Biggio singled in the first inning, career hit No. 3,052. He's one away from tying Rod Carew for 21st all-time.
 
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Hunter Pence crashes into the wall on Rickie Weeks' homer, but gets the last laugh an inning later.  (AP)
Hunter Pence crashes into the wall on Rickie Weeks' homer, but gets the last laugh an inning later. (AP)

Players of the Game
Houston

C. Lee
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Milwaukee

R. Weeks
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5122022 .232
Joe Dillon, LF4010001 .355
    Geoff Jenkins, LF1000000 .262
Ryan Braun, 3B3000122 .321
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH1000000 .267
    Chris Spurling, P0000000 .000
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
    Bill Hall, CF0000000 .256
Prince Fielder, 1B3111202 .291
Corey Hart, CF-RF4120013 .299
Gabe Gross, RF5000035 .240
    Matt Wise, P00000001.000
Johnny Estrada, C3001001 .276
Craig Counsell, SS-3B4000010 .223
Dave Bush, P3020010 .140
    J.J. Hardy, SS1110000 .277
Totals37494310  
a-flied out for Turnbow in the 9th
Batting
2B - Joe Dillon (7, Randolph), Corey Hart (31, Gutierrez), J.J. Hardy (28, Lidge)
HR - Rickie Weeks (11, Lidge), Prince Fielder (47, Gutierrez)
SF - Johnny Estrada (7)
SH - Corey Hart (5)
RBI - Rickie Weeks 2 (28), Prince Fielder (112), Johnny Estrada (54)
SB - Rickie Weeks (22, 2nd base off Gutierrez/Towles)
CS - Corey Hart (7, 2nd base by Gutierrez/Towles)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Weeks-Counsell-Fielder, Weeks-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush 6411031 5.20
Scott Linebrink (H,21) 0.2211100 3.66
Brian Shouse (BS,3) 0.2222100 3.02
Derrick Turnbow 0.2100000 4.32
Chris Spurling 0.2100010 4.63
Mitch Stetter 0.1000000 3.86
Matt Wise (L,3-2) 0.1211100 4.19
IBB - Berkman by Brian Shouse
WP - Dave Bush (3), Scott Linebrink (6), Mitch Stetter (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 78-52, Scott Linebrink 19-11, Brian Shouse 18-10, Derrick Turnbow 10-4, Chris Spurling 9-7, Mitch Stetter 4-3, Matt Wise 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 7-7, Brian Shouse 1-1, Derrick Turnbow 1-1
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 21, Scott Linebrink 4, Brian Shouse 5, Derrick Turnbow 3, Chris Spurling 3, Mitch Stetter 1, Matt Wise 4
Houston Astros
Josh Anderson, CF5110001 .433
Craig Biggio, 2B3010000 .248
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
   a- Orlando Palmeiro, PH0000100 .235
    Brandon Backe, PR0100000 .400
Lance Berkman, 1B4110101 .277
Carlos Lee, LF5132001 .297
Hunter Pence, RF4022010 .323
Ty Wigginton, 3B4110002 .282
Cody Ransom, SS3010111 .211
J.R. Towles, C2000001 .231
   b- Luke Scott, PH0000000 .254
   c- Mark Loretta, PH1011000 .286
    Brad Ausmus, C1000010 .235
Juan Gutierrez, P2000011 .000
    Stephen Randolph, P0000000 .000
    Dave Borkowski, P0000000 .000
   d- Jason Lane, PH1000002 .178
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Chris Burke, 2B1010000 .233
Totals36512534  
a-walked for Lidge in the 10th
b-announced for Towles in the 7th
c-singled for Scott in the 7th
d-flied out for Borkowski in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chris Burke (16, Spurling)
HR - Carlos Lee (30, Bush)
SF - Hunter Pence (1)
SH - Craig Biggio (7)
RBI - Carlos Lee 2 (113), Hunter Pence 2 (60), Mark Loretta (39)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee (52), Mark Loretta (22)
SB - Lance Berkman (7, 3rd base off Turnbow/Estrada), Carlos Lee (9, 2nd base off Turnbow/Estrada), Hunter Pence (11, 2nd base off Bush/Estrada)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Cody Ransom (1, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
Juan Gutierrez 6522251 4.96
Stephen Randolph 0.2200010 10.50
Dave Borkowski 0.1000000 5.45
Chad Qualls 1000110 3.24
Brad Lidge (BS,7; W,5-2) 2222031 2.97
IBB - Fielder by Juan Gutierrez
WP - Juan Gutierrez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Juan Gutierrez 93-63, Stephen Randolph 17-10, Dave Borkowski 3-1, Chad Qualls 18-11, Brad Lidge 35-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Juan Gutierrez 4-9, Stephen Randolph 1-0, Chad Qualls 2-0
Batters Faced - Juan Gutierrez 25, Stephen Randolph 4, Dave Borkowski 1, Chad Qualls 4, Brad Lidge 8
Game Information
Attendance - 36981
Game Time - 3:30
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Laz Diaz