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Milwaukee at Houston

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Milwaukee (65-50) «2020201007110
Houston (37-77)000001020380

Streaking Brewers top Astros, win sixth straight

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HOUSTON -- Prince Fielder and the Milwaukee Brewers are on a roll at the right time -- heading into a series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Greinke tied a season high by going seven innings, and Fielder homered to help the Brewers beat the Houston Astros 7-3 Sunday for their fourth straight win. Fielder also scored four runs for the Brewers, who have won 11 of their last 12 games.

"He's hot again, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "I think the guys in the lineup trying to figure to pitch to him or put him on. I think it is a really difficult situation."

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Since the Brewers started on their run, the Pirates have lost 10 straight to drop out of contention in the division. The Cardinals haven't gone anywhere, though, and are three games back following a sweep of their own this weekend.

The Brewers open a three-game series in St. Louis on Tuesday.

"We have a lot of road ahead of us," Mark Kotsay said. "I just think that as a team, we are finding our identity. Everyone is contributing."

Yuniesky Betancourt drove in three runs, two of which were scored by Fielder. In the last 12 games, Betancourt has 17 hits and 12 RBI. He's driven in 18 in 18 games since July 19.

"With Prince being hot he's going to always be on for him or whoever is hitting fifth," Roenicke said. "He has been pretty amazing for the last three weeks or whatever it has been."

Kotsay added three hits and an RBI in place of the injured Corey Hart.

Zack Greinke (10-4) allowed a run and four hits. He's won his last three starts and kept opponents to two earned runs or fewer in his last six.

"I've felt a lot better," Greinke said. "Today felt good. I think I got a little bit off in the sixth, but I felt good in the seventh again. I got lucky kind of. They didn't get great hits the one inning they scored.. They got a couple of soft hits and nearly got a couple more."

Houston starter Bud Norris (5-8) tied a season high by allowing six runs. He gave up eight hits in five innings. Norris didn't have a 1-2-3 inning, and the Brewers had the leadoff man on in the first four innings.

"They're in first place for a reason," Norris said. "Those guys can hit. I didn't make all the pitches I wanted to make, and they hit all the bad ones.. I tried to go out there and put up a zero real quick, but that didn't happen today, and we came out on the wrong end. That's how it's been all year for us unfortunately."

The Brewers tied a franchise record set from July 23-Aug. 1, 1983 with their ninth consecutive game of 10 hits or more.

"Offensively, from the first inning with Prince with the home run, and Greinke from the get go really threw the ball well," Roenicke said. "I think they are happy where we are. I think they are really locked in to as what we need to do.. I thought as far as a well-rounded team, we were at home as well as these three games."

Greinke didn't allow a hit until Clint Barmes' leadoff single in the third. The Astros put runners on first and second with two outs in the inning, but Barmes was caught leading off second too far, and Greinke caught him in a rundown trying to steal third.

The Astros, who are 40 games below .500 for the first time since 1963, didn't score until Milwaukee led 6-0. Jose Altuve hit an RBI singled in the sixth to end Greinke's shutout bid.

Houston manager Brad Mills had praise for Greinke.

"He showed that breaking ball late in the count that got us off balance a little bit," Mills said. "He was able to offset it with the fastball. The location of the fastball set it up for him."

The Brewers went up 2-0 in the first when Nyjer Morgan was hit by a pitch and Fielder hit his 26th homer of the season.

Felipe Lopez and Mark Kotsay hit RBI singles in the fourth and Betancourt hit a two-run single in the fifth. He added a run-scoring hit in the seventh to make it 7-1.

Lee hit a two-run single to right in the eighth.

Notes

  • Hart had a bruised left hand a day after he was hit with a pitch in the seventh inning of Saturday's game.
  • Houston INF Matt Downs broke an 0 for 24 slump with a pinch-hit double in the sixth.
  • Milwaukee has Monday off before starting a three-game series Tuesday in St. Louis. RHP Shaun Marcum (10-3) is set to start against RHP Edwin Jackson (1-1). Marcum has had 13 quality starts this season and opponents are batting .225 against him.
  • Houston begins a four-game series at Arizona on Monday with LHP Wandy Rodriguez (7-8) starting against RHP Daniel Hudson (11-7). Rodriguez has lost his last four against the Diamondbacks since 2007.
 
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Prince Fielder accepts congratulations from Brewers teammate Yuniesky Betancourt after scoring in the third inning. (Getty Images)
Prince Fielder accepts congratulations from Brewers teammate Yuniesky Betancourt after scoring in the third inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 4
R 4
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Houston

J. Altuve
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nyjer Morgan, CF3210101 .324
Felipe Lopez, 2B4011001 .220
    Marco Estrada, P0000000 .222
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
Ryan Braun, LF5000022 .326
Prince Fielder, 1B4432101 .304
Mark Kotsay, RF5131001 .251
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS5033002 .268
Craig Counsell, 3B3000104 .148
Jonathan Lucroy, C4000022 .283
Zack Greinke, P2000001 .214
   a- Josh Wilson, PH-2B1000000 .262
Totals36711734  
a-popped out for Greinke in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nyjer Morgan (13, Norris), Mark Kotsay (7, Norris), Yuniesky Betancourt (19, Norris)
HR - Prince Fielder (26, Norris)
SH - Felipe Lopez (3), Zack Greinke (5)
RBI - Felipe Lopez (11), Prince Fielder 2 (85), Mark Kotsay (21), Yuniesky Betancourt 3 (48)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder 2 (30), Mark Kotsay (9), Yuniesky Betancourt 3 (21)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Greinke-Betancourt-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke (W,10-4) 7411360 4.21
Marco Estrada 0.2322020 4.80
Kameron Loe 1.1100030 4.05
WP - Zack Greinke 2 (5), Marco Estrada (4), Kameron Loe (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 99-62, Marco Estrada 20-13, Kameron Loe 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 6-7, Kameron Loe 1-0
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 26, Marco Estrada 5, Kameron Loe 5
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
J.B. Shuck, RF-CF3000112 .333
Jose Altuve, 2B4121000 .328
Jason Bourgeois, CF4010022 .324
    Mark Melancon, P0000000 .000
Carlos Lee, 1B2012202 .266
J.D. Martinez, LF4000005 .250
Jimmy Paredes, 3B4000020 .222
Clint Barmes, SS4010010 .251
Carlos Corporan, C4010031 .189
Bud Norris, P1000011 .105
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Downs, PH1110000 .230
    Sergio Escalona, P0000000 .000
    Fernando Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   b- Brian Bogusevic, PH-RF2110011 .217
Totals33383311  
a-doubled for Lopez in the 6th
b-singled for F. Rodriguez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Downs (10, Greinke)
RBI - Jose Altuve (4), Carlos Lee 2 (63)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee 2 (22)
CS - Clint Barmes (1, 3rd base by Greinke/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 6
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bud Norris (L,5-8) 5866121 3.73
Wilton Lopez 1000000 2.63
Sergio Escalona 1211100 2.78
Fernando Rodriguez 1000110 2.43
Mark Melancon 1100010 3.04
HBP - Morgan (by Bud Norris)
WP - Bud Norris (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 94-60, Wilton Lopez 14-8, Sergio Escalona 25-14, Fernando Rodriguez 21-12, Mark Melancon 15-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 7-6, Wilton Lopez 2-1, Sergio Escalona 1-2
Batters Faced - Bud Norris 25, Wilton Lopez 3, Sergio Escalona 6, Fernando Rodriguez 4, Mark Melancon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22885
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom