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Friday, September 28th
(All times eastern)
Houston Astros (51-105) at Milwaukee Brewers (80-76), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Edgar Gonzalez (2-1, 3.94)
Milwaukee - Yovani Gallardo (16-8, 3.59)
(Sports Network) - Red-hot right-hander Yovani Gallardo will try to keep the
Milwaukee Brewers' fleeting postseason hopes alive tonight when they host the
Houston Astros in the opener of a three-game weekend series at Miller Park.
The Brewers lost a ninth-inning lead in a Thursday game at Cincinnati and
dropped a 2-1 decision that pushed them four games behind the St. Louis
Cardinals in the chase for the National League's final available wild card
Milwaukee is also a game back of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the chase for the
Gallardo, a 26-year-old, is 13-2 in 15 career starts against Houston with a
2.68 earned run average in 100 2/3 innings.
His last meeting with them ended in a 5-3 victory on Aug. 12 in Houston after
he scattered nine hits and allowed three runs across 7 2/3 innings.
Milwaukee has won each of his last 11 starts and he's not lost since dropping
an 8-2 decision to Washington on July 26.
In 17 home starts in 2012, Gallardo is 9-3 with a 3.59 ERA.
He's opposed by righty Edgar Gonzalez, who makes his fifth start as an Astro
and first of his career against the Brewers.
A veteran of 41 starts in 107 big-league outings prior to this season,
Gonzalez defeated Pittsburgh and Cincinnati in his first two starts with
Houston while combining to allow seven hits and two runs in 10 1/3 innings.
He dropped a 12-6 decision to Philadelphia for his initial Houston loss on
Sept. 14, and allowed a hit in 1 2/3 innings against Pittsburgh on Sept. 21
before leaving with a strained right hamstring.
In six relief outings against Milwaukee, he's allowed nine runs on 16 hits in
On Thursday in Cincinnati, Dioner Navarro followed Todd Frazier's game-tying
home run in the bottom of the ninth inning with an RBI triple to lift the Reds
over the Brewers, 2-1, in the rubber match of a three-game series at Great
American Ball Park.
John Axford (5-8) struck out the first two batters he faced in the ninth
before allowing three straight hits to take the loss for Milwaukee.
"We've been coming together as a team really well and today is just a crushing
loss," Axford said. "We put ourselves in a tough spot now."
On Wednesday in Houston, Bud Norris snapped a lengthy losing streak as he
pitched into the eighth inning, and the Astros took a 2-0 win over the St.
Norris (6-13) gave up just two hits and struck out seven in 7 1/3 innings to
win for the first time since May 21. He was 0-12 in his previous 18 starts.
"That's the Bud that we're hoping (can) be a No. 1 starter," Astros interim
manager Tony DeFrancesco said.
Jose Altuve hit a solo home run while Brett Wallace also drove in a run for
the Astros, who snapped a three-game slide.
The Brewers won eight of the initial 14 games between the teams in 2012,
though Houston won two of three in a home series from Aug. 10-12.
09/28 10:46:03 ET