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-- The Milwaukee Brewers crushed Houston 10-1 last night at Miller Park.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers crushed Houston 10-1 last night at Miller Park.
Yovani Gallardo got the win – and he drove in the eventual winning run in the second inning on a squeeze bunt that scored Rickie Weeks. Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart both added three-run homers, and it was 8-1 by the end of the fifth. Ramirez went 3-for-4 with four RBI’s on the night. Chris Snyder homered for the Astros’ only run. Gallardo went seven innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk. He struck out five as he won his ninth consecutive start against Houston, and improved to 9-and-8 overall. Rookie starter Dallas Kuechel took the loss for the Astros. He gave up seven runs in four-plus innings, and walked a season-high six. Kuechel is now 1-4. Brewers’ bench coach Jerry Narron was ejected in the ninth, after he yelled at plate umpire Brian Knight for challenging a strike that wasn’t called. Manager Ron Roenicke came out and argued, and he was ejected as well. The win was only the third for Milwaukee in its last 12.
Houston is now 2-17 since the All-Star break – and they’ve now lost 10 straight series. The Brewers will go for a sweep this afternoon. Right-hander Mike Fiers will start against Astros’ right-hander Jordan Lyles.
The Brewers did not make a last-minute deal before yesterday’s Major League non-waiver trade deadline. But a couple of former Milwaukee players have new addresses. The Pittsburgh Pirates sent first baseman Casey McGehee and part of his salary to the New York Yankees for veteran reliever Chad Qualls. And ex-Brewer Scott Podsednik joined Matt Albers in being traded from Boston to Arizona. The Diamondbacks gave up reliever Craig Breslow. McGehee lasted only a half season in Pittsburgh, after the Brewers traded him this past winter for reliever Jose Veras. The 29-year-old McGehee was hitting .230 for Pittsburgh with eight homers and 35 RBI’s. Podsednik is a 10-year Major League veteran who played for Milwaukee in 2003-and-’04.