Milwaukee at Houston

W: J. Axford (3-3) L: H. Ambriz (1-4) S: F. Rodriguez (5)
HR: MIL - R. Weeks (6),A. Ramirez (4)   HOU - None

Brewers 3, Astros 1 wire reports

HOUSTON -- Rickie Weeks was in such a terrible slump that the Milwaukee Brewers promoted prospect Scooter Gennett to split time with him at second base earlier this month.

Since then the veteran has made the most of his opportunities, and Wednesday night was no exception as Weeks hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to help the Brewers to a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros.

"Once Scooter got here and we got them matched up, he has been swinging the bat better," manager Ron Roenicke said. "So it's hard to say whether it was just the timing of it or it is the matchups. But I left him in there against a right-hander and he gets a big hit against a righty. So I think the combination of the two. Scooter has done a nice job out there and hopefully it's a good platoon system."

Weeks is hitting .429 with three homers and five RBIs in his 10 games since Gennett was called up, raising his batting average from .192 to .217.

He wouldn't say if his goal is to win back his job full-time.

"I can't say nothing about that right now," he said. "It's just one of those things where if my name is in the lineup I've got to go out there and do my job. So that's what I've got to do."

The Brewers couldn't get anything going against Houston starter Erik Bedard as he threw a season-high 7 1-3 innings. Bedard was replaced by Hector Ambriz (1-4) with a runner on second, and Weeks greeted him with his sixth homer of the year for a 2-1 lead.

"They got a slider up to him," Roenicke said. "That's a big hit. We've been needing big hits and that's a big hit."

Houston manager Bo Porter was disappointed that Bedard wasn't rewarded for his performance.

"I'm pretty sure Hector would love to have that pitch back and make more of a quality pitch," Porter said. "Unfortunately, he did not, and Weeks got a pretty good swing on it."

Aramis Ramirez added an insurance run with a solo shot in the ninth to help the Brewers tie the three-game series at 1-1. It was his 23rd career home run at Minute Maid Park, which the second-most for an opponent here behind the 24 Albert Pujols has.

John Axford (3-3) struck out two in the seventh for the win. Francisco Rodriguez allowed two hits in a scoreless ninth for his fifth save and the 299th of his career.

Brewers starter Kyle Lohse yielded six hits and a run with five strikeouts in six innings.

"It was one of those starts where I didn't have my best command and when you can't get your slider over and that's a big part of your pre-game plan you just kind of have to go into salvage mode," Lohse said. "(Martin Maldonado) called a great game being able to keep us in it and I made pitches when I had to and got big outs."

Jose Altuve had three hits, stole three bases and scored Houston's only run on a sacrifice fly in the first inning.

It was the second straight solid start for Bedard, who allowed four hits and tied a season-high with eight strikeouts. He didn't give up a hit until t until Maldonado singled to start the third inning. But he still faced the minimum through three after the Astros turned a double play in that inning.

Bedard walked a batter in the fourth but didn't allow another hit until a single by Weeks with two outs in the sixth inning. Jean Segura followed with another single before Carlos Gomez grounded out to end the threat.

Brandon Barnes and Altuve hit consecutive singles to start Houston's third, but the Astros came away empty when Jason Castro struck out and J.D. Martinez lined into a double play.

The Astros had another chance to add to their 1-0 lead in the sixth. Altuve singled to start it off and stole second and third base before a two-out walk by Chris Carter. But Lohse retired Carlos Pena to escape the jam.

Altuve singled with one out in the first before Castro drew a walk. Altuve stole third base and scored on a sacrifice fly by Martinez.

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Players of the Game

R. Weeks
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

J. Altuve
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4122010 .217
Jean Segura, SS4010010 .329
Carlos Gomez, CF3000102 .317
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4111011 .272
Jonathan Lucroy, DH3010010 .271
Yuniesky Betancourt, 1B4000011 .212
Martin Maldonado, C4010022 .175
Josh Prince, LF3100112 .125
Logan Schafer, RF2000020 .242
HR - Rickie Weeks (6, Ambriz), Aramis Ramirez (4, Ambriz)
SH - Logan Schafer (6)
RBI - Rickie Weeks 2 (15), Aramis Ramirez (19)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Segura
Milwaukee Brewers
Kyle Lohse 6611250 3.68
John Axford (W,3-3) 1100020 4.50
Jim Henderson (H,2) 1100010 1.52
Francisco Rodriguez (S,5) 1200020 0.68
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 96-56, John Axford 19-12, Jim Henderson 17-9, Francisco Rodriguez 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 3-8, John Axford 1-0, Jim Henderson 1-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 24, John Axford 4, Jim Henderson 3, Francisco Rodriguez 5
Houston Astros
Brandon Barnes, CF4010012 .275
Jose Altuve, 2B4130000 .295
Jason Castro, C3010123 .274
J.D. Martinez, LF3001024 .253
Chris Carter, DH3000111 .216
Carlos Pena, 1B4010012 .223
Justin Maxwell, RF4010020 .229
Matt Dominguez, 3B4010002 .236
Ronny Cedeno, SS4020013 .257
SF - J.D. Martinez (3)
RBI - J.D. Martinez (25)
SB - Jose Altuve 3 (16, 3rd base off Lohse/Maldonado)
CS - Jason Castro (1, 2nd base by Henderson/Maldonado)
PK - Ronny Cedeno (1, Lohse)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Cedeno-Altuve-Pena
E - Jose Altuve (5, Throwing)
Houston Astros
Erik Bedard 7.1411280 4.43
Hector Ambriz (L,1-4; BS,3) 0.2222002 5.28
Josh Fields 1000020 3.38
HBP - Lucroy (by Hector Ambriz)
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 98-67, Hector Ambriz 16-10, Josh Fields 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 9-4, Hector Ambriz 2-0
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 27, Hector Ambriz 5, Josh Fields 3
Game Information
Attendance - 15866
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Mike Everitt