Houston at Milwaukee

W: W. Lopez (2-0) L: J. Veras (2-1)
S: B. Myers (3)
HR: HOU - None   MIL - R. Braun (4),T. Ishikawa (2),C. Hart (6)

Astros 7, Brewers 5

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MILWAUKEE -- Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros hit their way out of a Milwaukee morass.

Altuve had a career-best four hits, and J.D. Martinez had three hits and three RBI to lead the Astros over the Brewers 7-5 Wednesday and stop an 11-game losing streak against Milwaukee.

"Offensively, Altuve, what a day. The four hits, the big RBI single," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "Then you have Martinez come through with a big two-out single up the middle. Synder going the other way and getting that knock. Those are some big hits that kind of have been eluding us a little bit."

Chris Snyder put the Astros ahead for good at 5-4 with an opposite-field RBI single in the seventh off Jose Veras (2-1) after Brian Bogusevic doubled and stole third.

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Snyder slapped the ball between first baseman Travis Ishikawa and the line when the Brewers shifted to the left.

"By no means was I trying to shoot over there. That's an absolutely an emergency hack," Snyder said. "Worked out and got the steak, put us up. We tacked on the next inning."

Wilton Lopez (2-0) pitched a 1-2-3 sixth, and Brett Myers got three outs for his third save. Houston, which hadn't beaten the Brewers since May 1, had 14 hits and won for the third time in 11 game overall.

"Great day at the plate by `Tuve, guys around, everybody contributed," Snyder said.

Martinez boosted the lead to 7-4 in the eighth with a two-run single off Mike McClendon.

"They get a lot of hits. They scrap. They put the ball in play," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Sometimes, they may not be driving the ball in the gap but they're hitting it down the line or hanging in there, fouling off pitches until they get a mistake. They battle. They're not an easy lineup to get to."

Corey Hart hit a solo homer off David Carpenter in the eighth, when Wesley Wright induced an inning-ending flyout by to Cesar Izturis to Bogusevic, who made a sliding catch in right-field foul territory with two on.

David Carpenter had buzzed Carlos Gomez in seventh. Gomez ducked out of the way and glared at the pitcher. Brewers starter Shaun Marcum had hit Snyder leading off the second. Snyder walked to first, not even never looked at Marcum.

Astros starter J.A. Happ allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings with eight strikeouts, which tied his season high. Marcum had only one 1-2-3 innings and gave up four runs -- three earned -- eight hits and four walks in five innings. Marcum, who struck out seven, missed most of spring training with a sore right shoulder.

He left the bases loaded when Chris Johnson flied out ending the first and when Jed Lowrie flied out ending the fourth.

Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in the first, then singled and the third and scored on Happ's wild pitch to tie the game 4-4. Travis Ishikawa, filling in at first for Mat Gamel, had homered leading off the second to cut Milwaukee's deficit to 4-3.

Gamel missed his second consecutive game with a sore shoulder after barreling into catcher Jason Castro, who also sat out for the second day in a row.


  • Astros CF Jordan Schafer has reached base in all 19 games this season.
  • The Brewers have allowed the opposition to score first in each of the last eight games and 14 of 19 games this season.
  • The Astros are in a stretch of playing 13 of 16 games on the road.
  • Izturis made his first major-league appearance as a first baseman.
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 Jose Altuve records a career-best four hits for the Astros, who win for the third time in their past 11 games. (US Presswire)
Jose Altuve records a career-best four hits for the Astros, who win for the third time in their past 11 games. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game

J. Altuve
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 0

R. Braun
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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April 18, 2017
MLB Power Rankings (4/18) (2:50)
Houston Astros
Jordan Schafer, CF6110034 .264
Jose Altuve, 2B5341000 .377
J.D. Martinez, LF4133100 .313
Carlos Lee, 1B3011200 .273
Jed Lowrie, SS5000037 .245
Brian Bogusevic, RF4120111 .207
Chris Johnson, 3B5000004 .274
Chris Snyder, C4121020 .138
J.A. Happ, P2000012 .143
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
   a- Justin Maxwell, PH1000001 .263
    David Carpenter, P0000000 .000
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
   b- Travis Buck, PH1010000 .292
    Lucas Harrell, PR0000000 .286
    Brett Myers, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Lopez in the 7th
b-singled for Wright in the 9th
2B - Jose Altuve (5, McClendon), J.D. Martinez (4, Marcum), Brian Bogusevic (2, Veras)
SH - J.A. Happ (1)
RBI - Jose Altuve (8), J.D. Martinez 3 (18), Carlos Lee (13), Chris Snyder (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Altuve (3), Carlos Lee (8), Chris Snyder (3)
SB - Brian Bogusevic (2, 3rd base off Veras/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 12
Houston Astros
J.A. Happ 5744282 4.70
Wilton Lopez (W,2-0) 1000010 1.54
David Carpenter (H,1) 1.2211021 3.12
Wesley Wright (H,2) 0.1000000 6.75
Brett Myers (S,3) 1100000 1.80
WP - J.A. Happ (2)
Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 103-64, Wilton Lopez 11-7, David Carpenter 29-21, Wesley Wright 3-2, Brett Myers 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 2-5, Wilton Lopez 1-1, Brett Myers 3-0
Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 24, Wilton Lopez 3, David Carpenter 7, Wesley Wright 1, Brett Myers 4
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5010020 .189
Carlos Gomez, CF5120021 .371
Ryan Braun, LF5222011 .275
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3010100 .191
Corey Hart, RF3121112 .305
Alex Gonzalez, SS4010014 .263
Jonathan Lucroy, C4000014 .261
Travis Ishikawa, 1B3111010 .211
   a- Cesar Izturis, PH-1B1000001 .200
Shaun Marcum, P2000010 .000
    Tim Dillard, P0000000 .000
   b- Nyjer Morgan, PH1000010 .167
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
    Mike McClendon, P0000000 .000
   c- Aoki Norichika, PH1000000 .250
a-fouled out for Ishikawa in the 8th
b-struck out for Dillard in the 6th
c-grounded out for McClendon in the 9th
2B - Aramis Ramirez (5, Happ), Corey Hart (6, Happ)
3B - Carlos Gomez (2, Myers)
HR - Ryan Braun (4, Happ), Corey Hart (6, Carpenter), Travis Ishikawa (2, Happ)
RBI - Ryan Braun 2 (11), Corey Hart (13), Travis Ishikawa (5)
Team LOB - 7
E - Ryan Braun (2, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Shaun Marcum 5843470 4.13
Tim Dillard 1000000 5.40
Jose Veras (L,2-1) 1211010 5.40
Mike McClendon 2422020 7.71
HBP - Snyder (by Shaun Marcum)
WP - Shaun Marcum (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 99-60, Tim Dillard 8-6, Jose Veras 27-15, Mike McClendon 45-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 4-4, Tim Dillard 3-0, Jose Veras 1-1, Mike McClendon 4-0
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 28, Tim Dillard 3, Jose Veras 5, Mike McClendon 10
Game Information
Attendance - 26778
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Rob Drake