Weeks' homer in the eighth lifts Brewers to win
HOUSTON -- Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning last night to help the Milwaukee Brewers get past the Astros in Houston, 3-1. Astros’ starter Erik Bedard only gave up four singles before Josh Prince made it to second base in the eighth – and right-hander Hector Ambriz was called in from the bullpen to help protect a 1-nothing Houston lead. Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke decided not to lift Weeks for a left-handed pinch-hitter – and Weeks rewarded the decision by crushing a slider into the left-field stands to give Milwaukee the lead. Aramis Ramirez hit a solo shot in the ninth. Weeks started at the lead-off spot for the first time in over a year, replacing Norichika Aoki who left to be with his wife for the birth of their second child. Prince was called up to take Aoki’s roster spot for now. Houston scored its only run on a sacrifice fly by J-D Martinez. Ambriz took the loss. He’s 1-and-4, as the Astros lost only their second game in their last seven. John Axford got the win by pitching a scoreless seventh. He’s 3-and-3. Francisco Rodriguez gave up two hits in the ninth, but still got his 299th career save. The Brewers won for only the second time in their last five contests. And they moved up to a tie for last in the N-L Central with the Chicago Cubs, both 12 games below .500. Milwaukee will close out its series at Houston this afternoon. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will face Astros’ right-hander Lucas Harrell.
Yovani Gallardo will go for his fourth straight win over the Houston Astros, when the Milwaukee Brewers close out their three-game series in South Texas this afternoon. The Interleague series is tied at a game apiece, after the Brewers pounded two late homers last night to beat the Astros 3-to-1. The right-handed Gallardo is 6-and-6 with a four-point-four-one E-R-A. He has pitched 14 scoreless innings in his last two outings, winning both those games. Gallardo is coming off a 6-nothing win at Cincinnati last Saturday in which he gave up three hits in six frames. The Astros are putting up right-hander Lucas Harrell. He’s 5-and-7 with an E-R-A of almost four-and-a-half. Harrell has given up just four earned runs in his last three starts, but only has one win to show for it. Brewers’ second baseman Rickie Weeks has batted .419 in his last 11 games with three homers – including the game-winning blast last night. It’s quite a comeback, after Weeks hit just .182 in his first 52 games. Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke said Weeks has been helped by being platooned with prospect Scooter Gennett at second base. Milwaukee is going for its seventh win in 11 contests, and they hope to close out their current road trip with a winning record. They’re now 4-and-4 on that swing. The first pitch is at 1:10 this afternoon from Houston.