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Instead he was gone after four pitches -- ejected after spiking the ball following a close play at first base and the Houston Astros were on their way to a 6-3 win.
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"I didn't think there was anything wrong with it at the time, but after looking back at it, I thought, `Oh, [man], that definitely didn't look good.' I put him in a bad position and he had to make a decision," Greinke said of first base umpire Sam Holbrook.
Manager Ron Roenicke was also tossed for arguing the call and the Brewers were forced to piece together the game with six relievers.
"When that happens to a starting pitcher, especially one as good as Zack, it changes how you feel about that game," Roenicke said. "When we get behind like we did, it's hard to bounce back."
Greinke, who was ejected for the fourth time in his career, called the incident a mental mistake.
"I don't know why I threw the ball down," he said. "I never make mental mistakes like that. I don't blame the umpire for what he did. I didn't mean it towards him, and I thought the guy was safe."
The bad news for the Astros is that Greinke (9-3) could return to the mound on Sunday with the All-Star break coming up.
"We already talked to Zack. He thinks he would be fine, but we're not positive which way we're going to go," Roenicke said when asked about that possibility. "We've got some more conversations to go through."
Greinke hopes he'll get a do-over on Sunday.
"It'd be a shame to completely waste a day I should be pitching," he said.
The Astros were up 1-0 after the first inning and jumped on Livan Hernandez, who took over for Greinke, for three runs in the third.
Jordan Schafer and Jed Lowrie collected two hits apiece and Jason Castro drove in two runs as the Astros scored more runs than they had in the last three games combined to get their first win since June 27.
Things went wrong for Greinke immediately when Schafer took his first pitch to center field for a leadoff triple. Three pitches later it got much worse when he raced to cover first base on a grounder by Altuve and spiked the ball when the All-Star speedster was called safe, leading to his ejection by Holbrook.
Roenicke immediately raced out to argue the call and was ejected for the first time this season.
"He overreacted," Roenicke said of Holbrook, adding that the umpire said he thought Greinke was trying show him up. "He didn't even see what happened. Zack was behind him and he didn't even see him. You need to know; you need to know 100 percent what happens when you kick out a starting pitcher."
Schafer scored on the play where the pair was ejected to put Houston up 1-0.
Moore opened Houston's third inning with his homer to right field to make it 2-0 and give him three home runs in eight games since being called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Martinez followed with a single before scoring on a double by Lowrie. Lowrie scored on a sacrifice fly by Castro later in the inning to push the lead to 4-0.
Schafer singled with one out in the fourth inning and picked up his 20th stolen base when he took second. Altuve walked before Schafer advanced to third on a flyout. He scored on an error by Martin Maldonado when the catcher overthrew second base trying to pick off Altuve.
Lowrie singled off Randy Wolf, a starter who was making his first relief appearance since 2001, to start the fifth. Chris Johnson doubled before Lowrie scored on a sacrifice fly by Castro to leave Houston up 6-0.
The Brewers got on the board thanks to another error by Moore, when he stopped a sharply hit grounder from Rickie Weeks, but dropped the ball before he stepped on third base. That allowed Weeks to reach, Braun to score and chased Rodriguez.
He was replaced by Fernando Rodriguez, who retired the next batter before Ramirez scored on a wild pitch to cut Houston's lead to 6-2. Moore capped off his rough inning by catching a fly ball by Cesar Izturis in foul territory to end the inning.
Cody Ransom added a run for the Brewers with an RBI double in the eighth inning.
|Jose Altuve collects three hits to help the Astros break a season-high nine-game losing streak. (AP)|
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|Carlos Gomez, CF||4||0||0||0||0||4||2||.235|
|a- Travis Ishikawa, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.243|
|Norichika Aoki, RF-CF||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.301|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||1||1||0||1||0||1||.304|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||5||1||2||0||0||0||2||.273|
|Corey Hart, 1B-RF||3||1||1||0||1||0||2||.255|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||.192|
|Martin Maldonado, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||5||.255|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.209|
|Zack Greinke, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.172|
|Livan Hernandez, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jose Veras, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Nyjer Morgan, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.233|
|Randy Wolf, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.115|
|c- Taylor Green, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.198|
|Tim Dillard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manny Parra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- George Kottaras, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.231|
|e- Cody Ransom, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.216|
|Kameron Loe, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-popped out for Gomez in the 8th|
|b-flied out for Veras in the 5th|
|c-walked for Wolf in the 7th|
|d-announced for Parra in the 8th|
|e-doubled for Kottaras in the 8th|
|2B - Cody Ransom (8, Abad)|
|RBI - Rickie Weeks (27), Cody Ransom (29)|
|2-OUT RBI - Cody Ransom (9)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Norichika Aoki 1|
|DP - Weeks-Izturis-Hart|
|E - Martin Maldonado (2, Throwing), Rickie Weeks (11, Throwing)|
|Zack Greinke (L,9-3)||0||2||1||1||0||0||0||3.17|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 4-3, Livan Hernandez 62-36, Jose Veras 21-11, Randy Wolf 22-17, Tim Dillard 8-6, Manny Parra 8-6, Kameron Loe 9-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 2-5, Jose Veras 1-1, Randy Wolf 2-2, Tim Dillard 1-0, Kameron Loe 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 2, Livan Hernandez 15, Jose Veras 5, Randy Wolf 8, Tim Dillard 3, Manny Parra 2, Kameron Loe 3|
|Jordan Schafer, CF||4||2||2||0||0||1||0||.235|
|Jose Altuve, 2B||4||0||3||1||1||0||1||.304|
|Scott Moore, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||3||.323|
|Brandon Lyon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Downs, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.168|
|J.D. Martinez, LF||4||1||3||0||0||0||1||.240|
|Jed Lowrie, SS||4||2||2||1||0||1||2||.256|
|Chris Johnson, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||1||3||.275|
|Fernando Abad, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Enerio Del Rosario, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brett Myers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Castro, C||2||0||0||2||0||1||5||.254|
|Brian Bogusevic, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||3||.220|
|Wandy Rodriguez, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|Fernando Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wesley Wright, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Dominguez, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|2B - Jed Lowrie (16, Hernandez), Chris Johnson (15, Wolf)|
|3B - Jordan Schafer (2, Greinke)|
|HR - Scott Moore (3, Hernandez)|
|SF - Jason Castro 2 (4)|
|SH - Jordan Schafer (3)|
|RBI - Jose Altuve (26), Scott Moore (4), Jed Lowrie (36), Jason Castro 2 (20)|
|SB - Jordan Schafer (20, 2nd base off Veras/Maldonado), Jose Altuve (15, 2nd base off Veras/Maldonado)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|PB - Jason Castro (5)|
|E - Scott Moore 2 (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Wandy Rodriguez (W,7-6)||5.1||4||2||0||2||5||0||3.38|
|Fernando Rodriguez (H,8)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||6.25|
|Enerio Del Rosario (H,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||7.71|
|Brett Myers (S,18)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.45|
|HBP - Weeks (by Brandon Lyon)|
|WP - Fernando Rodriguez (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 99-61, Fernando Rodriguez 11-7, Wesley Wright 8-4, Brandon Lyon 19-13, Fernando Abad 2-1, Enerio Del Rosario 1-1, Brett Myers 13-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 7-6, Brandon Lyon 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 24, Fernando Rodriguez 2, Wesley Wright 3, Brandon Lyon 6, Fernando Abad 1, Enerio Del Rosario 1, Brett Myers 3|
|Attendance - 23027|
|Game Time - 3:17|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Rob Drake|