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Parra earns first win in six tries, Brewers handle Astros

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- Manny Parra had enough to earn his first victory in a month.

Parra lasted five innings to pick up his first win since July 20, J.J. Hardy hit a two-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Houston Astros 5-2 on Wednesday.

"I had nothing today," Parra said. "Nothing."

Rickie Weeks walked three times and scored three runs, and Prince Fielder had two sacrifice flies for Milwaukee, which managed just four hits.

Parra (10-6) won 7-4 at San Francisco last month, then lost four straight decisions over his next five starts. He came in with a 5.70 ERA over the previous five starts, including a poor showing against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday when he gave up 10 hits, matching a season high, and four runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 5-3 loss.

Again missing his best stuff, Parra still found a way to hold Houston to two runs and six hits. The 25-year-old left-hander walked four and struck out two.

"If I can go out there and have nothing and get away with five innings and the bullpen does what they do and we get a win," he said, "it really doesn't matter."

Carlos Villanueva worked two hitless innings, Eric Gagne got out of a jam in the eighth and Salomon Torres pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 29 chances.

Houston loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth but Hunter Pence bounced back to Gagne for a 1-2-3 double play and David Newhan grounded out to end the inning.

"We lost it in the eighth," manager Cecil Cooper said. "We had our opportunity. We had a walk, hit batter, bunt single and the bases loaded with nobody out and two pitches later the inning's over. We've got to score there somehow."

Brewers manager Ned Yost was happy with Gagne's economical approach in the eighth.

"Gagne got the bases loaded and out of it all on eight pitches," Yost said.

Hardy homered off Doug Brocail, who entered after reliever Wesley Wright walked Weeks with two outs in the seventh inning. Hardy's 19th homer made it 5-2.

Geoff Blum and Reggie Abercrombie had RBI singles in the fourth for Houston.

Parra got into trouble again in the fifth, but escaped thanks to a perfect throw by left fielder Gabe Kapler that nailed Mark Loretta at the plate to end the inning.

Kapler also doubled in a run in the first

Houston starter Wandy Rodriguez (7-6) allowed three runs, two earned, and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked five.

Notes

  • Brewers slugger Ryan Braun missed his second consecutive game and ninth of the last 11 with tightness in his lower back. The All-Star outfielder left Monday's game after the sixth inning when the injury flared up during an at-bat. He could pinch hit, but probably won't start until Friday against Pittsburgh. The Brewers are off Thursday.
  • Brewers C Mike Rivera dropped Loretta's popup in front of the plate in the seventh, but after appealing to plate umpire Dale Scott, recovered to throw out Loretta, who had his back to the play.
  • Weeks returned after missing two games with a sprained left thumb.
 
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The Brewers' Manny Parra manages to temper the Astros' bats for his first win in a month.  (AP)
The Brewers' Manny Parra manages to temper the Astros' bats for his first win in a month. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

J. Hardy
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Houston

G. Blum
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Houston Astros
Ty Wigginton, LF5010010 .301
Mark Loretta, 2B3000101 .271
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .000
Miguel Tejada, SS4120002 .285
Lance Berkman, 1B1110200 .329
Geoff Blum, 3B4021003 .234
Hunter Pence, RF4000004 .260
Reggie Abercrombie, CF3011011 .240
    Chris Sampson, P0000000 .136
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
    David Newhan, 2B1000002 .204
Brad Ausmus, C3000110 .230
Wandy Rodriguez, P2000013 .114
    Darin Erstad, CF2000010 .295
Totals3227245  
Batting
2B - Lance Berkman (38, Parra)
RBI - Geoff Blum (40), Reggie Abercrombie (4)
2-OUT RBI - Reggie Abercrombie (2)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Tejada-Loretta-Berkman
PB - Brad Ausmus (4)
Houston Astros
Wandy Rodriguez (L,7-6) 5.1332560 4.11
Chris Sampson 0.2000010 4.35
Wesley Wright 0.2011120 4.57
Doug Brocail 1.1111021 4.13
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 102-58, Chris Sampson 8-5, Wesley Wright 12-6, Doug Brocail 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 4-5, Chris Sampson 1-0, Doug Brocail 1-1
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 23, Chris Sampson 2, Wesley Wright 3, Doug Brocail 5
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B1300300 .229
J.J. Hardy, SS4222002 .278
Gabe Kapler, LF3011121 .299
Prince Fielder, 1B2002010 .272
Corey Hart, RF4010012 .287
Bill Hall, 3B4000042 .223
Mike Cameron, CF2000101 .244
Mike Rivera, C3000011 .316
Manny Parra, P1000010 .191
   a- Ray Durham, PH0000100 .285
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .125
   b- Laynce Nix, PH1000010 .125
    Eric Gagne, P0000000 .000
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
Totals25545611  
a-walked for Parra in the 5th
b-struck out for Villanueva in the 7th
Batting
2B - Gabe Kapler (15, Rodriguez)
HR - J.J. Hardy (19, Brocail)
SF - Prince Fielder 2 (10)
RBI - J.J. Hardy 2 (59), Gabe Kapler (34), Prince Fielder 2 (75)
2-OUT RBI - J.J. Hardy 2 (25)
SB - Rickie Weeks (16, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Ausmus)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gabe Kapler 1
DP - Hardy-Weeks-Fielder, Gagne-Rivera-Fielder
E - Prince Fielder (11, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Manny Parra (W,10-6) 5622420 4.10
Carlos Villanueva (H,8) 2000030 4.45
Eric Gagne (H,4) 1100000 6.47
Salomon Torres (S,24) 1000000 2.56
HBP - Berkman (by Eric Gagne)
WP - Manny Parra (14)
Pitches-Strikes - Manny Parra 94-53, Carlos Villanueva 33-19, Eric Gagne 8-6, Salomon Torres 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Manny Parra 9-2, Carlos Villanueva 2-1, Eric Gagne 3-0, Salomon Torres 2-1
Batters Faced - Manny Parra 23, Carlos Villanueva 6, Eric Gagne 5, Salomon Torres 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41419
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Ron Kulpa