Final Score: Milwaukee 6, Houston 5
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Ryan Braun went 3-for-4 with a home run and
two RBI and Zack Greinke remained undefeated at Miller Park, as Milwaukee
edged the Houston Astros, 6-5, in the opener of a three-game series.
Greinke (2-1) struck out nine over his six-inning start and allowed two runs
on eight hits while improving to 13-0 in 18 home starts dating back to last
season. The Brewers, who were coming off a series loss to the Rockies, have
won all 18 of those starts.
"Zack was good again. He was a little bit off on his command, but threw some
great pitches," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of his starter. "Another
really good performance from him."
Brian Bogusevic drove in three runs and Jed Lowrie went 2-for-5 with a solo
homer for the Astros, who were coming off a 12-0 win over the Dodgers.
Lucas Harrell (1-1) surrendered five runs on five hits and three walks over
five innings to take the loss.
Trailing 5-2 to start the sixth, Brandon Lyon relieved Harrell and promptly
gave up a leadoff walk and a base hit to put runners on the corners. A wild
pitch to the next hitter allowed Corey Hart to race home, and while Lyon
limited the damage, the insurance run proved to be the difference.
Houston rallied for three runs off Jose Veras in the seventh, as Bogusevic
tripled to bring in Lowrie and Carlos Lee before scoring on Chris Johnson's
base hit up the middle.
Veras stranded two in the frame, and Francisco Rodriguez retired the Astros in
order in the eighth to set the stage for John Axford, who gave up a leadoff
single but struck out the next three batters to record his third save.
"The guys battled well and got us right back in the game," Astros manager Brad
Mills said. "It [the big hit] is coming ."
Lowrie homered off Greinke in the first inning, but the Brewers scored three
in their half to take control.
Braun plated Norichika Aoki with a single and raced around to score when
Aramis Ramirez hooked a sinking liner down the right-field corner for a
Hart followed with a sacrifice fly and three innings later legged out a triple
of his own before scoring on Mat Gamel's flyout to right.
With the bases loaded the fifth, Greinke walked Bogusevic on a payoff pitch to
force in Harrell, but Braun quickly got the run back with his third home run
of the season in the bottom half -- a low line drive that barely cleared the
wall in left-center.
Milwaukee has won 10 straight against its Central Division rival...Axford has
converted 46 consecutive save chances -- the fifth longest streak in MLB
history...Greinke owns the longest home winning streak ever by a Brewers
pitcher and improved to 4-0 against the Astros...Jordan Schafer went 2-for-5
and has reached base safely in all 17 games this season, the longest stretch
by an Astro to start a season since Craig Biggio's 17-game streak in 2000.
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