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Milwaukee at Houston

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Milwaukee (66-78)100000001241
Houston (70-75) «30000000x380

Astros 3, Brewers 2

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HOUSTON -- When Houston starter Bud Norris took a line drive off the shin on the first pitch of the game, he thought his night was over.

After the shock wore off he remained in the game and turned in one of his best performances of the season, allowing one run and three hits in 7 1/3 innings as the Astros beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Rookie Chris Johnson had a three-run homer in the first inning to help Houston to its third straight win and the 11th in the last 15 games.

Norris (8-8) struck out seven and won for the sixth time in seven decisions.

Norris got hit on a ball hit by Joe Inglett. Houston's trainers examined him for a couple of minutes after he was hit before he threw a couple of warmup pitches and faced the next batter.

"At first I thought it was pretty bad," he said. "I really needed to walk around on it and make it feel better. The adrenaline definitely helped out."

Norris had a large bruise covering his left shin after the game.

"To see him come back and throw as long as he did and as well as he did was pretty special," manager Brad Mills said.

Closer Brandon Lyon gave up a solo homer to Casey McGehee in the ninth inning to make it 3-2 before retiring the next three batters for his 16th save.

Johnson's two-out shot off Chris Capuano (3-4) bounced off the train that sits atop the wall in left-center field, scoring Michael Bourn and Jeff Keppinger to erase a 1-0 deficit. Bourn walked and Keppinger singled before Johnson's ninth home run of the season.

"It all came down to one pitch," Milwaukee manager Ken Macha said. "I think Cappy was trying to go away, and it wound up being a homer to Johnson, who has kind of been a thorn to our side."

It was the second straight start by Norris in which Johnson hit a three-run homer in a 3-2 win, after he also did it last week against the Dodgers.

"He owes me," Johnson said. "He pitched great. He got smoked in the first inning, so you know he was hurting the whole game. So he battled and he had good stuff tonight."

Norris didn't have to be reminded that Johnson's home runs have helped him to wins two games in a row.

"I love C.J. a ton," he said. "We've come up all the way in the minor league together and he's such an amazing player and he's going to be a big player for this team for a long time down the road and it's real big."

Johnson, who leads the Astros with a .320 average, added a double in the eighth inning.

Alcides Escobar grounded out before Ryan Braun homered to left field to put Milwaukee up 1-0 in the first.

"We're getting some runners on, but we're just not getting them in," Milwaukee right fielder Corey Hart said. "And when we hit a homer, it's a solo home run. We can't get guys in, especially when we get in situations where we can take the lead and tie it up. We're just not getting that big hit."

After Braun's homer, Norris didn't allow another hit until he singled with one out in the fourth. Norris walked one batter in each inning from the fifth to the eighth, but didn't allow another hit until Escobar's single that chased him with one out in the eighth inning.

Jeff Fulchino replaced him and struck out Braun before lefty Tim Byrdak came in to strike out Prince Fielder to end the inning.

Keppinger doubled with no outs in the fifth before Capuano retired the next six batters. Norris singled in the seventh inning before Capuano struck out Bourn. He was replaced by Kameron Loe who allowed one hit in 2/3 innings.

Capuano allowed five hits and three runs with three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

Notes

Milwaukee manager Ken Macha gave Rickie Weeks the day off on Tuesday. ... Hunter Pence's 44 RBI since the all-star break are most in the National League.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

C. Johnson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Joe Inglett, 2B3000101 .254
Alcides Escobar, SS4010001 .244
Ryan Braun, LF4121023 .305
Prince Fielder, 1B4000024 .271
Casey McGehee, 3B4111031 .283
Corey Hart, RF2000210 .277
Carlos Gomez, CF2000001 .229
   a- Chris Dickerson, PH1000000 .217
Jonathan Lucroy, C3000112 .267
Chris Capuano, P2000002 .091
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
   b- Craig Counsell, PH0000100 .246
    Jeremy Jeffress, P0000000 .000
Totals2924259  
a-grounded out for Gomez in the 9th
b-walked for Loe in the 8th
Batting
HR - Ryan Braun (21, Norris), Casey McGehee (22, Lyon)
SH - Carlos Gomez (6)
RBI - Ryan Braun (86), Casey McGehee (94)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Braun (40)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Inglett-Fielder
E - Joe Inglett (2, Missed catch of throw)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Capuano (L,3-4) 6.1533331 4.11
Kameron Loe 0.2100010 2.74
Jeremy Jeffress 1200000 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 90-55, Kameron Loe 10-7, Jeremy Jeffress 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 6-11, Kameron Loe 1-0, Jeremy Jeffress 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 28, Kameron Loe 3, Jeremy Jeffress 4
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF3100114 .263
Jeff Keppinger, 2B4120011 .292
Hunter Pence, RF4010003 .286
Carlos Lee, 1B4010005 .245
    Brett Wallace, 1B0000000 .227
Chris Johnson, 3B4123002 .320
Jason Michaels, LF3000101 .242
Angel Sanchez, SS3010101 .281
Humberto Quintero, C4000012 .228
Bud Norris, P2010012 .179
    Jeff Fulchino, P0000000 .000
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
Totals3138334  
Batting
2B - Jeff Keppinger (31, Capuano), Chris Johnson (18, Jeffress)
HR - Chris Johnson (9, Capuano)
SH - Bud Norris (9)
RBI - Chris Johnson 3 (46)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Johnson 3 (20)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Norris-Sanchez-Lee
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bud Norris (W,8-8) 7.1311571 4.95
Jeff Fulchino (H,5) 0.1000010 5.61
Tim Byrdak (H,10) 0.1000010 3.16
Brandon Lyon (S,16) 1111001 3.30
Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 105-64, Jeff Fulchino 4-3, Tim Byrdak 3-3, Brandon Lyon 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 9-5, Brandon Lyon 2-1
Batters Faced - Bud Norris 29, Jeff Fulchino 1, Tim Byrdak 1, Brandon Lyon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33878
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Mike DiMuro