National League Game Summary - Houston at Milwaukee
(Wednesday, August 1st)
Final Score: Milwaukee 13, Houston 4
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Ryan Braun homered and drove in three on
Wednesday, as the Brewers crushed the Astros, 13-4, to complete a three-game
Braun knocked in a pair during a six-run fifth inning, then belted his 29th
homer of the season in the sixth.
Rickie Weeks and Cesar Izturis both homered during the fifth, while Jonathan
Lucroy later added a two-run blast for the Brewers, who had lost nine of 10
games entering this series.
"We've been really frustrated," said Braun. "A lot of games have been
demoralizing. We've had a lot of difficult games with the way we lost them,
but our confidence is still there."
Mike Fiers (5-4) earned the win, allowing two runs on eight hits over six-plus
innings. He did not issue a walk and struck out six en route to his eighth
straight quality start.
Brett Wallace recorded the first multi-homer game of his career, belting a
solo shot and a two-run bomb for the Astros, who had more errors (four) over
the first four innings on Wednesday than they had wins in the month of July
Jordan Lyles (2-8) lasted five innings and allowed nine runs -- seven earned
-- on nine hits in the loss.
Third baseman Scott Moore made two of those errors in the first inning,
misplaying a pair of ground balls. The initial gaffe allowed leadoff batter
Nyjer Morgan to reach base. After a steal, a walk and a groundout, Moore's
second error permitted Morgan to score from third.
"We gave a good hitting team five outs," said Astros manager Brad Mills. "You
can't do that."
Jose Altuve tied the game with a two-out RBI single in the third, but his
throwing error helped the Brewers go on top an inning later.
Wallace crushed a leadoff homer in the fourth for a 2-1 lead, but with the
bases loaded and two down in the bottom half, Altuve fielded Izturis' grounder
up the middle and attempted to flip the ball to second base with his glove.
Instead, the toss went wide and rolled onto the infield grass as two runs
crossed the plate.
Izturis was credited with a single and an RBI on the play, while Altuve's
throwing error resulted in a 3-2 Milwaukee lead.
An inning later, Braun's two-run single up the middle opened the floodgates.
Corey Hart followed with an RBI double before Weeks blasted a two-run homer to
Izturis capped the frame with a two-out solo shot and also doubled and scored
on Morgan's seventh-inning single.
Lucroy hit his sixth homer of the season earlier in the seventh, scoring
Weeks, while Wallace went deep again in the eighth.
Fiers has nine quality starts on the season...Lyles has lost four straight
decisions...The Astros went 3-24 in July. On the season, they are 10-44 on the
road, compared to 25-27 at home.
08/01 18:52:15 ET
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