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Milwaukee at Houston

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Milwaukee (63-50) «3030010018110
Houston (37-75)010000000141

Brewers 8, Astros 1

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HOUSTON -- J.A. Happ reached a miserable milestone in his awful season.

The Brewers got a 3-0 lead off the Astros' left-hander in the first inning on an RBI double by Ryan Braun, and a two-run single by Casey McGehee and Milwaukee went on to an easy 8-1 win over Houston on Friday night.

Happ (4-14) allowed seven hits, six earned runs and he struck out three and walked two. He has one victory in his last 11 decisions.

Happ, acquired in last season's trade to the Phillies for Roy Oswalt, is the first Astros pitcher to allow five or more earned runs in eight straight starts. Happ recorded his last quality start -- three or fewer earned runs in at least six innings -- on June 3 at San Diego.

"I don't think it's back to the drawing board; I don't think it's that drastic," he said. "I threw a lot of pitches, they took a lot of pitches, and they fouled off a lot of good ones. I've got a find a way to get them to put it in play on the ground somewhere.

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"That will be the goal for the next start."

When that might be remains to be seen. Astros manager Brad Mills said the team will discuss what is next for the beleaguered southpaw.

"We are going to talk about some things and see if that is the route we need to go as far as getting things ironed out," Mills said. "That is definitely the way we want to go about things and do things.

"We'll talk about some things to see if we can get him back to being where he needs to be and throwing the way he is certainly capable."

Yovani Gallardo (13-7) allowed four hits over eight innings as Milwaukee won for the ninth time in 10 games. It was Gallardo's seventh straight decision over Houston and he boosted his career record to 10-2 against the Astros.

Gallardo struck out six and walked one.

Houston got three hits and one run off Gallardo in the second inning. After that, he didn't allow another hit until J.B. Shuck singled in the fifth in his first major league at-bat.

"It was exciting, my first at-bat in the big leagues," said Shuck, promoted Thursday from AAA Oklahoma City. "The crowd was pretty good, a good amount of people here, and I just went up there and tried to slow everything down, do what I do, and just try to hit a single, hit the ball up the middle."

Corey Hart hit his 16th homer in the sixth inning off Aneury Rodriguez. It stretched Milwaukee's lead to 7-1.

The Astros loaded the bases with one out in the second inning. Carlos Lee and J.D. Martinez each singled. Brian Bogusevic sacrificed the runners up and Clint Barmes walked. Humberto Quintero's line drive to center field scored Lee but Happ struck out and Jason Bourgeois flew out to end the rally.

The Brewers got three more runs in the third after Happ loaded the bases on a single by Braun, double by Prince Fielder and a walk to McGehee.

The runs scored on singles by Yuniesky Betancourt and Jonathon Lucroy and a sacrifice fly by Felipe Lopez for a 6-1 lead.

Notes

The Brewers got 11 hits, giving them at least 10 hits in seven consecutive games. ... Craig Counsell's single in the ninth snapped an 0-for-45 streak. ... The Astros purchased Shuck's contract from Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to the game. OF Luis Durango was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. ... Milwaukee is 29-18 against the NL Central this season. ... Happ surrendered five runs (two earned) and a season-high 10 hits in five innings against Milwaukee in his last outing. Happ has yielded at least five runs in each of his last eight starts. ... LHP Chris Narveson (7-6) starts in the middle game of the three-game set on Saturday against RHP Brett Myers (3-11). ... Narveson makes his 23rd start this season and has 12 quality starts. He is 0-2 in six starts against the Astros. ... Myers will try to snap a five-game losing streak.

 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Milwaukee

Y. Gallardo
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 6
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Corey Hart, RF4211113 .277
Jerry Hairston Jr., CF5110001 .265
Ryan Braun, LF4231100 .329
    Nyjer Morgan, LF0000000 .328
Prince Fielder, 1B5110013 .294
    Josh Wilson, 3B0000000 .267
Casey McGehee, 3B-1B4212112 .240
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4011001 .257
   a- Craig Counsell, PH-SS1010000 .153
Felipe Lopez, 2B3011100 .227
Jonathan Lucroy, C3012203 .284
Yovani Gallardo, P2000011 .235
   b- Mark Kotsay, PH1000003 .242
    Tim Dillard, P0000000 .000
Totals36811864  
a-singled for Betancourt in the 9th
b-grounded out for Gallardo in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Braun (28, Happ), Prince Fielder (26, Happ)
HR - Corey Hart (16, A. Rodriguez)
SF - Felipe Lopez (1)
SH - Yovani Gallardo 2 (4)
RBI - Corey Hart (39), Ryan Braun (74), Casey McGehee 2 (50), Yuniesky Betancourt (44), Felipe Lopez (9), Jonathan Lucroy 2 (46)
2-OUT RBI - Jonathan Lucroy (23)
SB - Ryan Braun (20, 2nd base off Happ/Quintero), Yuniesky Betancourt (4, 2nd base off Happ/Quintero)
Team LOB - 10
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yovani Gallardo (W,13-7) 8411160 3.56
Tim Dillard 1000010 4.58
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 105-74, Tim Dillard 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 7-11
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 29, Tim Dillard 3
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Bourgeois, CF4000004 .336
Jose Altuve, 2B4000021 .315
Angel Sanchez, 3B-SS4000020 .252
Carlos Lee, 1B4110000 .265
J.D. Martinez, LF4010000 .300
Brian Bogusevic, RF1000000 .209
    Aneury Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    David Carpenter, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Downs, PH-3B1000010 .223
Clint Barmes, SS2000100 .251
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Enerio Del Rosario, P0000000 .000
Humberto Quintero, C3011010 .264
J.A. Happ, P1000013 .212
    J.B. Shuck, RF2010000 .500
Totals3014117  
a-struck out for Carpenter in the 7th
Batting
SH - Brian Bogusevic (1)
RBI - Humberto Quintero (17)
SB - J.B. Shuck (1, 2nd base off Gallardo/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Clint Barmes (8, Throwing)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
J.A. Happ (L,4-14) 4766320 6.26
Aneury Rodriguez 2211001 4.78
David Carpenter 1000010 3.86
Wilton Lopez 1000110 2.68
Enerio Del Rosario 1211200 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 100-63, Aneury Rodriguez 35-25, David Carpenter 8-7, Wilton Lopez 16-8, Enerio Del Rosario 28-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 5-6, Aneury Rodriguez 1-5, David Carpenter 1-1, Wilton Lopez 1-1, Enerio Del Rosario 2-1
Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 23, Aneury Rodriguez 8, David Carpenter 3, Wilton Lopez 4, Enerio Del Rosario 7
Game Information
Attendance - 25811
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Cory Blaser