Brewers have a blast in downing AstrosApr 23, 2011 - 4:48 AM
Casey McGehee, Mark Kotsay and Yuniesky Betancourt each drove in two runs while Prince Fielder scored three times for the Brewers, who have won three of four. Braun belted the go-ahead homer in the third, one day after signing a five-year, $105 million contract extension.
"That's why we signed him to the contract, he's a big-time player," said Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke about Braun.
Yovani Gallardo (2-1) gave up four runs on eight hits with a walk and seven strikeouts to get the win. He also hit a solo home run in the game.
"I think he still has trouble with his command," said Roenicke. "I don't know if he's trying to hit corners too much. He's used to being able to do it when he wants to."
Hunter Pence drove in two while Michael Bourn and Brett Wallace each went 3- for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for the Astros, who have dropped their past two.
Nelson Figueroa (0-3) was tagged for six runs on six hits with five walks and two strikeouts over four-plus innings.
"My command was definitely off," said Figueroa. "When I was working the ball over the outside of the plate it was getting out of my hand and they weren't swinging at those pitches. They're a very aggressive team and made me throw a lot of pitches early and when they hit them, they hit them hard."
In Milwaukee's portion of the second inning, Houston manager Brad Mills and pitching coach Brad Arnsberg were both ejected for arguing.
That inning also saw the Brewers take a 1-0 lead on Jonathan Lucroy's groundout fielder's choice that plated Fielder.
An RBI single from Bourn was followed by a sacrifice fly from Angel Sanchez in the third to give Houston a one-run lead, but Braun's three-run homer over the left-center wall in the bottom of the frame gave Milwaukee a 4-2 lead. The hit scored Rickie Weeks, who walked, and Gomez, who bunted for hit.
The fourth saw Houston get one back on an RBI single from Humberto Quintero that scored Wallace, but Gallardo got it back in the bottom of the frame with a solo shot to left-center.
Pence hit into a fielder's choice that scored Bourn in the fifth, but a two- run single by Betancourt in the home half of the frame made it a 7-4 contest.
With the bases loaded in the sixth, McGehee hit a two-run double and Kotsay followed with a two-run single to give the Brewers an 11-4 advantage.
The Astros got two back in the seventh on a run-scoring double from Carlos Lee and an RBI single off the bat of Wallace, but Gomez's three-run home run in the seventh made it a 14-6 contest.
Pence's RBI single in the eighth accounted for the final score.
Gallardo's home run was the ninth of his career, which is a Milwaukee record for pitchers...Weeks left the game with a sprained left pinky finger...Houston won eight of the 15 meetings with Milwaukee last season...Both teams left nine men on base as Houston batted 6-for-13 with runners in scoring position and Milwaukee was 7-for-15.
- HOUSTON: 7
Apr 22 11:56 PM
- Hunter Pence singled to right scored Humberto Quintero. Runners on first and second with two outs and Carlos Lee due up.
Astros 7, Brewers 14 Top 8, 2 OutsApr 22 11:32 PM
- Carlos Gomez one-out, three-run Home Run (2) to left center scored Jonathan Lucroy and Craig Counsell. Ryan Braun due up.
Astros 6, Brewers 14 Bot 7, 1 OutApr 22 11:13 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Joe Inglett struck out swinging. Runner on first with two outs and Bill Hall due up.
Astros 6, Brewers 11 Top 7, 2 OutsApr 22 11:00 PM
- Carlos Lee doubled to right scored Angel Sanchez. Runner on second with one out and Brett Wallace due up.
Astros 5, Brewers 11 Top 7, 1 OutApr 22 10:57 PM
- Mark Kotsay singled to center scored Prince Fielder and Casey McGehee. Runner on first with two outs and Yuniesky Betancourt due up.
Astros 4, Brewers 11 Bot 6, 2 OutsApr 22 10:44 PM
- Casey McGehee doubled to left scored Rickie Weeks and Ryan Braun. Runners on second and third with two outs and Mark Kotsay due up.
Astros 4, Brewers 9 Bot 6, 2 OutsApr 22 10:43 PM
- Yuniesky Betancourt singled to left scored Prince Fielder and Casey McGehee. On the play, Betancourt advances to second on Carlos Lee's fielding error. Runner on second with two outs and Jonathan Lucroy due up.
Astros 4, Brewers 7 Bot 5, 2 OutsApr 22 10:16 PM
- Hunter Pence grounded into a fielder's choice, first to short scored Michael Bourn. Runner on first with one out and Carlos Lee due up.
Astros 4, Brewers 5 Top 5, 1 OutApr 22 9:46 PM
- Yovani Gallardo two-out, solo Home Run (1) to left center. Rickie Weeks due up.
Astros 3, Brewers 5 Bot 4, 2 OutsApr 22 9:36 PM
- Humberto Quintero singled to center scored Brett Wallace. Runners on first and third with two outs and Nelson Figueroa due up.
Astros 3, Brewers 4 Top 4, 2 OutsApr 22 9:29 PM
- Ryan Braun none-out, three-run Home Run (6) to left center scored Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez. Prince Fielder due up.
Astros 2, Brewers 4 Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 22 9:11 PM
- Angel Sanchez sacrifice fly out to right scored Humberto Quintero. Runner on first with two outs and Hunter Pence due up.
Astros 2, Brewers 1 Top 3, 2 OutsApr 22 9:02 PM
- Jonathan Lucroy grounded into a fielder's choice, short to second scored Prince Fielder. Runners on first and third with two outs and Yovani Gallardo due up.
Astros 0, Brewers 1 Bot 2, 2 OutsApr 22 8:49 PM
- HOUSTON: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Apr 22 8:11 PM
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