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Brewers 5, Astros 1

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MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun is battling a head cold and an inner ear infection, and that's bad news for the Milwaukee Brewers' opponents.

Braun homered and matched a career-high with four hits, Manny Parra pitched six strong innings and the Brewers beat the Houston Astros 5-1 on Friday night.

"I think it worked for me today," said Braun, who has battled dizziness and other symptoms for more than a week. "I've been sick for a little while. It happens throughout the course of the season. You just continue to play hard.

"For me, a lot of times if I have some kind of small injury or I'm a little bit sick, I think it helps me relax. When I feel too good, I try to do too much."

Prince Fielder and Mike Cameron also went deep for Milwaukee, which won for the fourth time in five games.

Parra (3-2) rebounded from a disastrous outing against the Washington Nationals on Sunday, when he gave up six runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He allowed the Astros just one run and four hits, pitching around four walks and striking out six.

Brandon Backe (4-6) gave up five runs and six hits over five innings for Houston, which has lost three straight. Backe, who had won his past two starts, is 9-15 on the road in his career and 17-6 at Minute Maid Park.

Cameron hit his seventh home run in the first inning and Braun homered three pitches later, putting Backe in a hole early. It was Braun's team-leading 14th homer.

"Backe is a guy that gives us troubles, so to hit two home runs in the first inning made you feel pretty good," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "That took a little pressure off us right out of the gate."

Braun singled in a run in the third and Milwaukee added two more in the fifth. Braun reached on a single and Fielder hit a two-out homer just over the right-field fence, his first in 45 at-bats and seventh this season.

"I felt like I had pretty good stuff, I just couldn't get guys out," Backe said. "I had no putout pitches."

Especially against Braun.

"He's a guy who is seeing the ball real well right now," Backe said. "We have a guy like that in Lance Berkman. When he's seeing the ball well, there's not much you can do to get him out."

Berkman, who came in hitting .474 (46-for-97) in May, had two more hits, including a bunt single in the eighth.

Miguel Tejada had his 13-game hitting streak snapped for the Astros, who did not get a runner past second base after the second inning.

Carlos Villanueva, sent to the bullpen more than a week ago after struggling as a starter, pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth for Milwaukee. Guillermo Mota took care of the ninth.

Parra, however, drew the attention of Houston manager Cecil Cooper.

"We faced him in Houston, and he wasn't the same guy," Cooper said of Parra, who gave up six runs and nine hits in four innings against the Astros on May 3. "He had command (tonight). When you have command and throw 94, it's pretty tough to beat that."

Parra said his performance was a confidence booster.

"Sometimes I just felt like I didn't belong," he said of his struggles this season. "I didn't really understand it because last year I felt like I had a lot of success."

Braun, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, also had success in 2007 - and has carried it over to 2008.

"He's real good," Cameron said. "When he is right, he is probably one of the best in the game. He can hit all pitches out of the ballpark. He is not real big, but he's strong. His balls travel for a long time."

Notes

  • The Brewers have hit back-to-back home runs twice this season. Braun and Fielder also hit back-to-back homers for Milwaukee in an 11-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox on May 18.
  • The Miller Park roof was open on a 78-degree night -- the first time it stayed open for an entire game this year. It was open Thursday, but had to be closed in the fourth inning due to rain in the area.
 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

M. Parra
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 4
K 6
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Houston Astros
Michael Bourn, CF5000035 .209
Kazuo Matsui, 2B5010001 .260
Miguel Tejada, SS4000010 .323
Lance Berkman, 1B4020011 .386
Carlos Lee, LF4010001 .269
Hunter Pence, RF4110022 .303
Ty Wigginton, 3B1000302 .266
J.R. Towles, C2011101 .149
   a- Darin Erstad, PH1000000 .304
Brandon Backe, P1000012 .263
    Oscar Villarreal, P0000000 .000
   b- Jose Cruz Jr., PH1000000 .116
    Chris Sampson, P0000000 .105
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
   c- Geoff Blum, PH1010000 .235
Totals3317148  
a-lined out for Towles in the 9th
b-flied out for Villarreal in the 7th
c-singled for Wright in the 9th
Batting
2B - Lance Berkman (20, Parra), Hunter Pence (13, Parra)
SH - Brandon Backe (3)
RBI - J.R. Towles (14)
Team LOB - 10
Houston Astros
Brandon Backe (L,4-6) 5655143 4.54
Oscar Villarreal 1100010 4.94
Chris Sampson 0.2100010 5.96
Wesley Wright 1.1100010 4.66
HBP - Weeks (by Brandon Backe)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Backe 96-65, Oscar Villarreal 8-7, Chris Sampson 9-8, Wesley Wright 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Backe 3-8, Chris Sampson 1-0, Wesley Wright 1-2
Batters Faced - Brandon Backe 23, Oscar Villarreal 4, Chris Sampson 3, Wesley Wright 5
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B3100000 .201
Mike Cameron, CF4111030 .231
Ryan Braun, LF4242000 .299
Prince Fielder, 1B4112002 .273
Corey Hart, RF4000011 .296
Russell Branyan, 3B3000120 .250
J.J. Hardy, SS4020011 .254
Jason Kendall, C4010003 .259
Manny Parra, P2000002 .190
   a- Joe Dillon, PH1000001 .267
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .143
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
Totals3359517  
a-lined out for Parra in the 6th
Batting
2B - J.J. Hardy 2 (8, Backe, Wright)
HR - Mike Cameron (7, Backe), Ryan Braun (14, Backe), Prince Fielder (7, Backe)
RBI - Mike Cameron (19), Ryan Braun 2 (39), Prince Fielder 2 (27)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder 2 (5)
SB - Rickie Weeks (9, 2nd base off Backe/Towles)
Team LOB - 6
Milwaukee Brewers
Manny Parra (W,3-2) 6411460 4.72
Carlos Villanueva 2200020 5.83
Guillermo Mota 1100000 3.18
Pitches-Strikes - Manny Parra 87-50, Carlos Villanueva 31-22, Guillermo Mota 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Manny Parra 3-9, Carlos Villanueva 3-1, Guillermo Mota 1-2
Batters Faced - Manny Parra 26, Carlos Villanueva 8, Guillermo Mota 4
Game Information
Attendance - 32039
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Field Culbreth