Fielder, McGehee homer as Brewers beat Astros 8-2
Friday, September 2, 2011
HOUSTON (AP) -- Prince Fielder had four hits, including a two-run homer in the ninth inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers scored all their runs in the last three innings to rally for an 8-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.
Ryan Braun hit the go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning to help the NL-Central-leading Brewers snap a three-game skid and end Houston's four-game winning streak.
Milwaukee's eight runs on Friday equaled the number they scored combined in a three-game sweep by the Cardinals this week.
Casey McGehee had a two-run shot in the eighth inning to stretch the lead to 5-2 and Nyjer Morgan scored in the ninth before Fielder's 31st homer.
Trailing 2-0, entering the seventh, Milwaukee got consecutive two-out singles by pinch-hitter Taylor Green and Corey Hart.
Morgan walked to load the bases and chase reliever Aneury Rodriguez (1-6), who was replaced by David Carpenter.
A wild pitch by Carpenter allowed Logan Schafer, who made his major league debut pinch-running for Green, to score and cut the lead to 2-1.
Braun's single to left field scored Hart and Morgan to put Milwaukee on top 3-2, but Braun was out on a rundown at second.
Fielder, who finished a triple short of the cycle, doubled to start the eighth inning before McGehee's homer to left field.
Milwaukee starter Zack Greinke (14-5) allowed a season-high nine hits with two runs and six strikeouts in six innings.
Lucas Harrell yielded three hits and no runs in 5 1-3 innings in his Astros' debut and fourth career start overall after being called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Brian Bogusevic hit his first career triple in the fourth inning on a ball that landed in deep right center field, just in front of the Astros' bullpen. Jimmy Paredes followed with an RBI single to put Houston up 1-0. Paredes has seven RBIs in his last 10 games.
A wild pitch allowed Paredes to advance to second before an error on the same play by catcher Jonathan Lucroy let him take third. Clint Barmes followed with a double that scored Paredes and made it 2-0. Greinke limited the damage by retiring the next three Astros.
Carlos Lee and Bogusevic hit consecutive no-out singles in the second inning before Barmes drew a one-out walk to load the bases. Greinke was able to escape that jam when Humberto Quintero grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Lee's single extended his hitting streak to a season-high 13 games.
NOTES: Brewers SS Yuniesky Betancourt left the game in the eighth inning with a right elbow bruise after being plunked by Carpenter. ... Milwaukee 2B Rickie Weeks, who has been out since severely spraining his left ankle on July 27, is progressing, but manager Ron Roenicke said it will still be a while before he's healthy enough to play defense. He did say that he's thought about using him as a pinch-hitter before he's ready to return full time. But he said, even if he decides to use him in that capacity that would still be more than a few days away. ... Hart has a 15-game hitting streak. ... Brewers pitching coach Rick Kranitz wasn't with the team on Friday because of what the team called family reasons. ... Milwaukee lefty Chris Narveson (9-6) faces Houston's Bud Norris (6-8) in the second game of the series on Saturday. Narveson last pitched in relief on Wednesday against the Cardinals, his first work as a reliever this season. Norris didn't factor into the decision in his last start despite striking out 10 in seven innings.