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Brewers 11, Astros 6

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MILWAUKEE -- Lorenzo Cain stood in the middle of the clubhouse watching television with an awe-struck look on his face. The images engrossing him? Highlights of the rookie's big day.

Cain drove in the first three runs of his career and Casey McGehee hit a three-run homer, helping the Brewers beat the Houston Astros 11-6 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

"That's nice to get to sit back and watch yourself on TV. That's amazing, man," said Cain, a centerfield prospect delayed last year because of a knee injury. "A lot of people don't get things like that. I'm going to enjoy it. This is just unbelievable. I can't even believe it."

McGehee drove a ball into the Milwaukee bullpen in left-center field in the fourth to make it 11-4, after just missing a three-run homer in the first with an RBI double off the wall.

Cain, who made his first major league start Friday, hit a sacrifice fly in the first off Wesley Wright (1-2) and chased the left-hander in his next at-bat in the third with a two-run double that gave Milwaukee a 6-2 lead.

Both rosters were loaded with young players for two teams out of postseason contention.

Even though Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, Corey Hart and Ryan Braun have been regulars for years, no Brewers starter was older than 28. Braun and Hart are signed long-term, while Fielder and Weeks can be free agents after 2011.

"Ownership wants to put a great product out there," manager Ken Macha said. "Signing Corey, they'd like to do the same with Rickie and Prince, but they've got Corey and Braunie for a bunch of years and McGehee is only in his second year, so he's going to be here for a while and we've got these young guys at the bottom of the lineup, so yeah, we've got some talent here."

Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo (11-5) allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings and got a lot of support for the second straight start. After getting three runs on average in his last 20 appearances, the 24-year-old right-hander has received 24 runs in the past two games.

Hunter Pence extended his hitting streak to 14 games, but it's been a disappointing road trip for Houston, which came into this series one game removed from a seven-game winning streak that included a sweep of the Brewers at Minute Maid Park. Now, the Astros will start a 10-game homestand on Monday night against Atlanta having lost four straight.

"A lot of the games we were in the there until the end and today we let it get away from us early, especially myself," Wright said. "Terrible location today -- probably one of the worst days for location for me I've had so far this year. It was really unfortunate because I think we had a chance to really win this game today if I could've come close."

Besides Cain, Milwaukee's other rookies in the lineup chipped in, too. Alcides Escobar had an RBI single and Jonathan Lucroy added a run-scoring double in the third that made it 8-2.

"We're all trying to establish ourselves," Cain said. "We're all young players and we're going out there trying to prove ourselves, just playing hard."

The organization likes Cain against left-handed pitchers, but aren't yet sold that he can be an everyday player. He'll certainly get some more opportunities down the stretch. Macha said Cain would get a chance during the next series with the Diamondbacks that starts on Monday.

"I'm going to go out and play hard. Every time my name is called, I'm going to go try to take advantage of it," Cain said. "When my name is in the lineup, I'm going to give the team all I have."

Notes

Braun, mired in the worst season of his young career, slammed his bat down in relief following a two-run single on the ninth pitch in Milwaukee's four-run first after battling back from an 0-2 count. He's now on an eight-game hitting streak. ... Macha said career saves leader Trevor Hoffman and rookie John Axford would share the closer's role the rest of the season. Hoffman, who signed an $8 million, one-year deal this offseason, is three saves away from 600 and earned his first in nearly three months Saturday night, while Axford has converted 16 of 17. ... Wright threw 29 balls and 28 strikes, allowing seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. ... Weeks grounded into a rare double play in the second inning -- his second in 526 plate appearances this year.

 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

C. McGehee
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Houston

M. Bourn
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF5232000 .254
Angel Sanchez, SS5110002 .298
Jeff Keppinger, 2B5022000 .291
Hunter Pence, RF5120033 .278
Carlos Lee, LF-1B3022101 .248
Brett Wallace, 1B3110013 .286
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Fulchino, P0000000 .000
   a- Geoff Blum, PH1000001 .265
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
Chris Johnson, 3B4110013 .353
Jason Castro, C4000023 .194
Wesley Wright, P1000010 .000
    Nelson Figueroa, P0000000 .500
   b- Pedro Feliz, PH1000000 .223
    Gustavo Chacin, P00000001.000
    Jason Michaels, LF2000000 .256
Totals39612618  
a-flied out for Fulchino in the 8th
b-grounded out for Figueroa in the 4th
Batting
2B - Michael Bourn (23, Axford), Angel Sanchez (6, Gallardo), Hunter Pence (20, Riske), Carlos Lee (19, Riske)
RBI - Michael Bourn 2 (27), Jeff Keppinger 2 (42), Carlos Lee 2 (56)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn 2 (14), Jeff Keppinger (25)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Keppinger-Wallace, Sanchez-Keppinger-Lee
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wesley Wright (L,1-2) 2.1577410 6.28
Nelson Figueroa 0.2211020 3.38
Gustavo Chacin 1333111 5.52
Tim Byrdak 1000100 4.18
Jeff Fulchino 2000010 6.19
Wilton Lopez 1200000 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Wesley Wright 57-28, Nelson Figueroa 21-13, Gustavo Chacin 38-27, Tim Byrdak 10-4, Jeff Fulchino 20-15, Wilton Lopez 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wesley Wright 2-3, Tim Byrdak 1-1, Jeff Fulchino 3-2, Wilton Lopez 1-2
Batters Faced - Wesley Wright 15, Nelson Figueroa 4, Gustavo Chacin 7, Tim Byrdak 3, Jeff Fulchino 6, Wilton Lopez 5
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B4110113 .272
Corey Hart, RF3100121 .291
    Joe Inglett, RF1000001 .276
Prince Fielder, 1B2310300 .270
Ryan Braun, LF4322102 .290
Casey McGehee, 3B4124012 .273
Lorenzo Cain, CF3113000 .500
Alcides Escobar, SS4121001 .255
Jonathan Lucroy, C4011002 .268
Yovani Gallardo, P3010011 .239
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    David Riske, P0000000 .000
   a- Jim Edmonds, PH1010000 .286
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
Totals3311121165  
a-singled for Riske in the 8th
Batting
2B - Casey McGehee (24, Wright), Lorenzo Cain (3, Wright), Jonathan Lucroy (7, Figueroa)
HR - Casey McGehee (16, Chacin)
SF - Lorenzo Cain (1)
RBI - Ryan Braun 2 (68), Casey McGehee 4 (69), Lorenzo Cain 3 (3), Alcides Escobar (31), Jonathan Lucroy (11)
SB - Lorenzo Cain (1, 3rd base off Figueroa/Castro)
Team LOB - 5
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yovani Gallardo (W,11-5) 6844170 2.86
LaTroy Hawkins 1000000 9.00
David Riske 1211000 5.48
John Axford 1211010 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 106-73, LaTroy Hawkins 13-7, David Riske 18-13, John Axford 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 6-5, LaTroy Hawkins 2-1, John Axford 2-0
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 27, LaTroy Hawkins 3, David Riske 5, John Axford 5
Game Information
Attendance - 39339
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Tim Timmons