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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.
Lee hit a two-run single to right in the eighth.
|Prince Fielder accepts congratulations from Brewers teammate Yuniesky Betancourt after scoring in the third inning. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Nyjer Morgan, CF||3||2||1||0||1||0||1||.324|
|Felipe Lopez, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.220|
|Marco Estrada, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Kameron Loe, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Braun, LF||5||0||0||0||0||2||2||.326|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||4||3||2||1||0||1||.304|
|Mark Kotsay, RF||5||1||3||1||0||0||1||.251|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||5||0||3||3||0||0||2||.268|
|Craig Counsell, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||4||.148|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.283|
|Zack Greinke, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.214|
|a- Josh Wilson, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.262|
|a-popped out for Greinke in the 8th|
|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|
|DP - Greinke-Betancourt-Fielder|
|Zack Greinke (W,10-4)||7||4||1||1||3||6||0||4.21|
|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|
|J.B. Shuck, RF-CF||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.333|
|Jose Altuve, 2B||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.328|
|Jason Bourgeois, CF||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.324|
|Mark Melancon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Lee, 1B||2||0||1||2||2||0||2||.266|
|J.D. Martinez, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||5||.250|
|Jimmy Paredes, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.222|
|Clint Barmes, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.251|
|Carlos Corporan, C||4||0||1||0||0||3||1||.189|
|Bud Norris, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.105|
|Wilton Lopez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Matt Downs, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.230|
|Sergio Escalona, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Fernando Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Brian Bogusevic, PH-RF||2||1||1||0||0||1||1||.217|
|a-doubled for Lopez in the 6th|
|b-singled for F. Rodriguez in the 8th|
|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|
|Bud Norris (L,5-8)||5||8||6||6||1||2||1||3.73|
|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|
|Attendance - 22885|
|Game Time - 2:59|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom|