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Greinke ejection costs Brewers in loss

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HOUSTON -- Milwaukee's Zack Greinke entered Saturday's game looking to wrap up the first-half of the season with his 10th win.

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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Scott Moore homered for the second straight day and J.D. Martinez and Jose Altuve had three hits each as the Astros took advantage his ejection to break a season-long nine-game losing streak.

"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.

Houston starter Wandy Rodriguez (7-6) yielded four hits and two runs with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Brett Myers pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save.

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.

Rodriguez had retired 14 of his last 16 when Ryan Braun reached on an error by Moore with one out in the sixth inning. Aramis Ramirez singled and Corey Hart drew a walk to load the bases.

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.

Notes

  • Brewers CF Carlos Gomez struck out four times on Saturday for the second four-strikeout game of his career.
  • Milwaukee RF Norichika Aoki singled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.
  • Houston OF Justin Maxwell, on the DL with an injured left ankle, went 1 for 2 with a double in a rehabilitation assignment with Oklahoma city on Friday night.
  • These teams wrap up the series on Sunday when Milwaukee's Marco Estrada opposes right-hander Jordan Lyles.
 
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Jose Altuve collects three hits to help the Astros break a season-high nine-game losing streak. (AP)
Jose Altuve collects three hits to help the Astros break a season-high nine-game losing streak. (AP)

Players of the Game
Houston

J. Lowrie
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Houston

W. Rodriguez
IP 5.1
H 4
ER 0
BB 2
K 5
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carlos Gomez, CF4000042 .235
   a- Travis Ishikawa, PH-1B1000002 .243
Norichika Aoki, RF-CF5010011 .301
Ryan Braun, LF4110101 .304
Aramis Ramirez, 3B5120002 .273
Corey Hart, 1B-RF3110102 .255
Rickie Weeks, 2B3001000 .192
Martin Maldonado, C4000015 .255
Cesar Izturis, SS4010014 .209
Zack Greinke, P0000000 .172
    Livan Hernandez, P1000000 .000
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
   b- Nyjer Morgan, PH1000001 .233
    Randy Wolf, P0000000 .115
   c- Taylor Green, PH0000100 .198
    Tim Dillard, P0000000 .000
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .000
   d- George Kottaras, PH0000000 .231
   e- Cody Ransom, PH1011000 .216
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
Totals3637237  
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
Batting
2B - Cody Ransom (8, Abad)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (27), Cody Ransom (29)
2-OUT RBI - Cody Ransom (9)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Norichika Aoki 1
DP - Weeks-Izturis-Hart
E - Martin Maldonado (2, Throwing), Rickie Weeks (11, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke (L,9-3)0211000 3.17
Livan Hernandez 3533121 5.26
Jose Veras 1110110 4.75
Randy Wolf 2311010 5.80
Tim Dillard 0.1100010 4.38
Manny Parra 0.2000020 4.50
Kameron Loe 1100010 3.96
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
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Schafer, CF4220010 .235
Jose Altuve, 2B4031101 .304
Scott Moore, 3B4111013 .323
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Matt Downs, 1B0000000 .168
J.D. Martinez, LF4130001 .240
Jed Lowrie, SS4221012 .256
Chris Johnson, 1B3010113 .275
    Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
    Enerio Del Rosario, P0000000 .000
    Brett Myers, P0000000 .000
Jason Castro, C2002015 .254
Brian Bogusevic, RF4010023 .220
Wandy Rodriguez, P3000012 .000
    Fernando Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
    Matt Dominguez, 3B1000000 .143
Totals33613528  
Batting
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
Fielding
PB - Jason Castro (5)
E - Scott Moore 2 (2, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wandy Rodriguez (W,7-6) 5.1420250 3.38
Fernando Rodriguez (H,8) 0.2000000 6.25
Wesley Wright 0.2000110 3.80
Brandon Lyon 1211010 3.31
Fernando Abad0100000 2.95
Enerio Del Rosario (H,1) 0.1000000 7.71
Brett Myers (S,18) 1000000 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
Game Information
Attendance - 23027
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Rob Drake