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Milwaukee (73-75) «01000051x7130

Brewers 7, Astros 2

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MILWAUKEE -- Prince Fielder was happy to finally get Milwaukee's RBI record.

His sacrifice fly in the eighth inning allowed him to set the club mark for RBI in a season and helped Milwaukee to a 7-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.

Fielder's 127 RBI surpassed current Astros manager Cecil Cooper, who set the mark for Milwaukee with 126 in 1983.

 Playoff Race

"It was nice to get the job done and drive in a run," said Fielder, beer dripping from his head as a result of the shower he got from his teammates after the game. "I've had a lot of opportunities over the past few days to drive in runs, but just haven't been able to get the job done."

He is now tied with St. Louis Cardinal first baseman Albert Pujols for the National League RBI lead.

"It is a special record," Fielder said. "He [Cooper] was one of the great first baseman for this organization."

Cooper offered his congratulations to Fielder.

"But I'm thinking more about the wins and losses and not some record," he said.

Brewers catcher Jason Kendall said Fielder's new record would probably last for many years.

"He's having an unbelievable year and he's probably going to add a bunch more to the record," Kendall said. "It's really a special milestone."

It was the fourth straight win for Milwaukee, which hadn't won that many in a row since May 16-19. The Brewers broke open a close game with five runs in the seventh inning as they sent 10 batters to the plate.

Jeff Suppan (7-10) gave up five hits and struck out a season high seven in seven strong innings. He dominated the Astros during the middle part of the game, retiring 11 straight before Hunter Pence's homer in the seventh that gave Houston a 2-1 lead.

"That was a strong outing for Suppan," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "He changed speeds and got a lot of ground balls."

Brian Moehler matched Suppan until the seventh inning, giving up one unearned run in the second inning for the Astros, who lost their sixth straight game.

Cooper said he was trying to match up his bullpen against the Brewers.

"I was going to try and give [Moehler] him a chance to go out in the seventh and get a couple outs," he said. "After the leadoff base hit we thought it was best to go [get him]. I liked my matchups, but it just didn't work out for us."

Kendall led off the inning with a bloop single -- the first of seven straight batters to reach base against five different Astros pitchers. Moehler was replaced by Tim Byrdak, who gave up a bunt single to pinch hitter Jason Bourgeois and walked Felipe Lopez to load the bases.

Sammy Gervacio replaced Byrdak and gave up a two-run single to Jody Gerut. Ryan Braun followed with a single to right to drive in Lopez. Prince Fielder then singled to center to load the bases. Casey McGehee lined a single to drive in the last two runs.

Byrdak (1-2) took the loss for the Astros.

The Astros got on the board first grabbing a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Chris Johnson's RBI ground out. The Brewers came back to tie the game in the bottom of the second on J.J. Hardy's double, his first extra base hit since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville Sept. 1.

Notes

Carlos Lee's second-inning double extended his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games. ... The Brewers activated RHP Seth McClung from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game. McClung had been sidelined since July 25 with a sprained right elbow. ... The Astros lost for the 17th time in the team's last 22 games at Miller Park.
 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

J. Suppan
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 0
K 7
Houston

H. Pence
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Houston Astros
Michael Bourn, CF4000020 .293
Kazuo Matsui, 2B4010010 .252
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
Lance Berkman, 1B4000021 .272
Carlos Lee, LF4110000 .305
Hunter Pence, RF4111001 .288
Miguel Tejada, SS3010000 .301
Chris Johnson, 3B3011000 .111
J.R. Towles, C3000022 .115
Brian Moehler, P2000020 .024
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Sammy Gervacio, P0000000 .000
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .333
    Jeff Fulchino, P0000000 .333
   a- Jeff Keppinger, PH-2B1000000 .264
Totals3225209  
a-grounded out for Fulchino in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kazuo Matsui (19, Suppan), Carlos Lee (30, Suppan)
HR - Hunter Pence (24, Suppan)
RBI - Hunter Pence (69), Chris Johnson (1)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Miguel Tejada (19, Throwing)
Houston Astros
Brian Moehler 6521230 4.86
Tim Byrdak (L,1-2)0122100 3.19
Sammy Gervacio (BS,1)0222000 2.40
Wesley Wright0100000 5.86
Jeff Fulchino 1100010 3.30
Jose Valverde 1311010 2.02
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Moehler 91-56, Tim Byrdak 6-2, Sammy Gervacio 5-3, Wesley Wright 3-3, Jeff Fulchino 15-12, Jose Valverde 22-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Moehler 8-8, Jeff Fulchino 1-1
Batters Faced - Brian Moehler 26, Tim Byrdak 2, Sammy Gervacio 2, Wesley Wright 1, Jeff Fulchino 4, Jose Valverde 6
Milwaukee Brewers
Felipe Lopez, 2B3220200 .311
Corey Hart, RF3000002 .256
   a- Jody Gerut, PH-RF2122000 .224
Ryan Braun, LF5131013 .310
Prince Fielder, 1B4011012 .299
Casey McGehee, 3B5112002 .304
Mike Cameron, CF4010003 .253
J.J. Hardy, SS4011013 .226
Jason Kendall, C3110103 .235
Jeff Suppan, P1000011 .158
   b- Frank Catalanotto, PH0000000 .284
   c- Jason Bourgeois, PH1110000 .188
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
   d- Corey Patterson, PH1000010 .083
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
Totals36713735  
a-singled for Hart in the 7th
b-announced for Suppan in the 7th
c-hit a bunt single for Catalanotto in the 7th
d-struck out for Weathers in the 8th
Batting
2B - Felipe Lopez (34, Moehler), Mike Cameron (30, Moehler), J.J. Hardy (15, Moehler)
SF - Prince Fielder (8)
SH - Jeff Suppan (9)
RBI - Jody Gerut 2 (31), Ryan Braun (102), Prince Fielder (127), Casey McGehee 2 (61), J.J. Hardy (47)
Team LOB - 10
Milwaukee Brewers
Jeff Suppan (W,7-10) 7522071 4.76
David Weathers 1000010 3.39
Todd Coffey 1000010 3.05
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 101-61, David Weathers 11-7, Todd Coffey 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 7-7, David Weathers 2-0, Todd Coffey 2-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 26, David Weathers 3, Todd Coffey 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36399
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Joe West