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Astros deal Pence, lose to Brewers

Jul 30, 2011 - 4:39 AM Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Randy Wolf was effective over seven frames and the Milwaukee Brewers blanked Houston, 4-0, on a day the Astros traded All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence.

Pence, Houston's leader in batting average, home runs and RBI, was dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies for four minor leaguers. He started Friday's game but was pulled in the fifth inning, relegated to watching Wolf (7-8), Takashi Saito and Kameron Loe finish off a combined four-hitter.

"[Wolf's] been pitching good lately. Today he had control of his off-speed pitches and threw them for strikes," Brewers catcher George Kottaras said.

Corey Hart drove in a pair of runs in the seventh inning, and Casey McGehee added two hits and an RBI in the win, Milwaukee's fourth straight.

Pence exited the game from the field to start the bottom of the fifth and was seen in the dugout hugging his now-former teammates after the trade became official.

"It's a win-win for both teams. I'm going to a first-place team, but they're getting four good players back," Pence said. "I'm pretty lucky to be going right into the middle of a pennant race."

The NL Central-leading Brewers, almost as a reflex, immediately broke a scoreless tie.

Prince Fielder doubled off Astros rookie Jordan Lyles (0-6) to open the inning and scored two batters later on McGehee's dribbler down the third-base line.

Later in the frame, George Kottaras singled to left to plate Felipe Lopez, who was acquired in a trade Thursday to fill in for the injured Rickie Weeks. Kottaras then knocked in Lopez with a base hit.

Hart's hit in the seventh off Enerio Del Rosario doubled the margin, and Saito and Loe each hurled a perfect inning in relief to complete the whitewash and snap Houston's two-game winning streak.

Game Notes

In return for Pence, the Astros netted outfielder Jonathan Singleton, pitchers Jarred Cosart and Josh Zeid and a player to be named later...Wolf won for the first time since June 24. He allowed four hits and three walks and struck out five...Lyles, still looking for his first major-league victory, was charged with two runs on six hits in six full frames.