Final Score: Milwaukee 10, Houston 1
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez both hit three-
run homers to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 10-1 win over the Houston Astros
in the middle tilt of a three-game series at Miller Park.
Ramirez finished the game 3-for-4 with four RBI and Nyjer Morgan knocked in
two runs with a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning for the Brewers, winners
in three of five.
"That's what I'm here for," Ramirez said. " I'm here to drive in runs and I've
been doing that lately."
Yovani Gallardo (9-8) earned the win after allowing just one run on three hits
and striking out five over seven frames.
"It was a nice ballgame, (Gallardo) was really good," Brewers manager Ron
Roenicke said. "Great offense today. (Gallardo) wanted to go another inning,
but I was iffy either way. His stuff was really good but his command was a
Chris Snyder homered for Houston, which is 2-17 since the All-Star break.
Dallas Kuechel (1-4) was pegged with the loss after giving up seven runs on
seven hits over just four-plus innings. Kuechel walked a career-high six and
struck out just one.
"What was tough for us was (Kuechel's) command," Astros manager Brad Mills
said. "Six walks is tough, and so was getting behind in the count. We have to
re-address those issues."
The Brewers went up 1-0 in the first. Norichika Aoki singled, moved to second
on Carlos Gomez's sacrifice, then scored when Ramirez roped a single to left.
Milwaukee added another run in the second. With Rickie Weeks on third,
Gallardo laid down a perfect bunt to execute a safety squeeze. Gallardo pushed
the ball up the first base line as Weeks broke for home. He scored without a
throw and Gallardo had a base hit.
Snyder's homer in the third got Houston on the board.
The Brewers came back with three more in the home half to extend their lead to
5-1. Gomez doubled and Ryan Braun walked before Ramirez crushed a three-run
shot into the seats in right-center.
Milwaukee added another trio of runs in the fifth when Hart lifted a homer.
Braun and Ramirez singled to set the table for Hart who hammered his 20th
homer of the season off the scoreboard in center.
Gallardo has won his past eight starts against Houston...Hart has appeared in
56 games at first base this season without committing an error. He is the only
player in the majors to make at least 45 starts at first without committing an
error...The loss gives the Astros their 10th consecutive series defeat.
Houston has not won a series since it took two of three from the Cleveland
Indians June 22-24.
08/01 00:05:48 ET
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