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Happ holds off Brewers in Astros debut

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HOUSTON -- So far, the Houston Astros transition to a rebuilding status is looking pretty good. J.A. Happ made sure of it Friday night.

One day after arriving in a trade from Philadelphia, Happ allowed two hits over six innings in his Houston debut and the Astros beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-0.

Happ and two minor leaguers came to the Astros on Thursday in a trade that sent Roy Oswalt to Philadelphia. Oswalt allowed four earned runs and seven hits in six innings in the Phillies' 8-1 loss at Washington on Friday night.

Happ looked more like the seasoned veteran.

"It's a strange thing to fly out this morning, meet the new teammates and then go out there and pitch but it was good," Happ said.

"It was very emotional yesterday [Thursday] saying goodbye to the guys I've played with a few years and then coming in here and meeting new guys."

The Brewers have lost three straight after winning their previous five games. The Astros won their third straight.

Happ, 12-5 as a rookie last season, made only his fourth major league start this year. He was sidelined with a left forearm strain. He had four walks and six strikeouts as the Astros combined on a four-hitter and their fifth shutout this season.

Milwaukee manager Ken Macha liked the Astros' newest starter.

"He has good stuff," Macha said. "He throws 93, has a good hard slider. I knew that coming in. He mixes in a couple curveballs, a couple changeups. I said pregame that I voted him for Rookie of the Year last year. He has a good arm."

All the Astros runs came on homers. Jason Michaels hit solo a shot in the second, and Chris Johnson added a three-run homer in the fourth. Johnson extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games.

Jeff Keppinger hit his fifth of the season in the eighth off David Riske.

"We got a pretty good pitcher, he was real good tonight," Johnson said. "We got him a little lead so he could relax. I'm sure he had some nerves at the start but he was pretty nasty tonight."

Happ started his Astros career by yielding a double to Rickie Weeks and then he walked Corey Hart. He then retired the side and didn't allow another hit until Casey McGehee's one-out single to left in the sixth inning.

Manny Parra (3-8) went 5 1/3 innings for Milwaukee. He allowed four hits, walked three and struck out six.

"I threw the ball really well," Parra said. "It is what it is. It's baseball. Their job is to hit the ball."

Johnson went 2 for 3 and is hitting .417 in his streak.

Happ left two runners stranded in the fourth. Casey McGehee reached on Carlos Lee's fielding error and after Jonathan Lucroy flied out, Carlos Gomez walked. Happ then got Alcides Escobar on a fly ball and Parra grounded out.

Macha wasn't critical of his starting pitcher.

"Their guy [Johnson] hit the ball in the right-center field gap for a homer," Macha said. "I thought Manny pitched pretty well. Just little things add up."

Notes

  • Astros SS Tommy Manzella, on the DL since June 24 with a fractured left index finger, has been taking ground balls.
  • Prince Fielder of the Brewers needs one RBI to reach 500 for his career.
  • Johnson's 13-game hitting streak is the longest by an Astro since Julio Lugo hit in 14 straight in 2000.
  • RHP LaTroy Hawkins has been reinstated from the 60-day DL. He had right shoulder weakness.
  • Weeks is attempting to become the second player in major league history to drive in at least 100 runs batting leadoff. He has 67 RBI and is on pace for 105 this season.
 
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Say hey, J.A.: Happ records six strikeouts and four walks in his fourth overall start this year.  (AP)
Say hey, J.A.: Happ records six strikeouts and four walks in his fourth overall start this year. (AP)

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Houston

J. Happ
IP 6.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 4
K 6
Houston

C. Johnson
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Rickie Weeks, 2B3010121 .276
Corey Hart, RF3000101 .289
Ryan Braun, LF4000023 .273
Prince Fielder, 1B4000013 .257
Casey McGehee, 3B4020002 .276
Jonathan Lucroy, C4000013 .281
Carlos Gomez, CF3000121 .231
Alcides Escobar, SS3000112 .249
Manny Parra, P2000003 .240
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Inglett, PH1010000 .266
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    David Riske, P0000000 .000
   b- Jim Edmonds, PH1000000 .288
Totals3204049  
a-singled for Coffey in the 7th
b-grounded out for Riske in the 9th
Batting
2B - Rickie Weeks (19, Happ)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - McGehee-Weeks-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Manny Parra (L,3-8) 5.1444362 5.42
Todd Coffey 0.2000000 4.43
LaTroy Hawkins 1100000 8.53
David Riske 1111001 4.00
Pitches-Strikes - Manny Parra 89-52, Todd Coffey 7-4, LaTroy Hawkins 15-11, David Riske 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Manny Parra 7-2, Todd Coffey 2-0, LaTroy Hawkins 1-2, David Riske 1-2
Batters Faced - Manny Parra 22, Todd Coffey 2, LaTroy Hawkins 4, David Riske 4
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4000021 .249
Angel Sanchez, SS4000020 .263
Jeff Keppinger, 2B2121200 .287
Carlos Lee, LF4000013 .237
    Jason Bourgeois, LF0000000 .250
Jason Michaels, RF3211100 .245
Pedro Feliz, 1B3110001 .215
Chris Johnson, 3B3123000 .333
Humberto Quintero, C3000011 .229
J.A. Happ, P2000000 .000
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
   a- Anderson Hernandez, PH1000001 .225
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Totals2956536  
a-flied out for Lopez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chris Johnson (8, Hawkins)
HR - Jeff Keppinger (5, Riske), Jason Michaels (6, Parra), Chris Johnson (4, Parra)
RBI - Jeff Keppinger (35), Jason Michaels (17), Chris Johnson 3 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Johnson 3 (12)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Carlos Lee (5, Dropped fly)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
J.A. Happ (W,2-0) 6200460 1.27
Wilton Lopez 1100020 3.76
Brandon Lyon 1100000 3.55
Matt Lindstrom 1000010 2.48
Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 98-54, Wilton Lopez 12-9, Brandon Lyon 14-9, Matt Lindstrom 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 5-8, Brandon Lyon 1-2, Matt Lindstrom 2-0
Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 25, Wilton Lopez 4, Brandon Lyon 4, Matt Lindstrom 3
Game Information
Attendance - 27456
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Brian O'Nora