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Brewers 3, Astros 1

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HOUSTON, TX (WHBL) - Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning Wednesday night to help the Milwaukee Brewers get past the Astros in Houston, 3-1. Astros’ starter Erik Bedard only gave up four singles before Josh Prince made it to second base in the eighth – and right-hander Hector Ambriz was called in from the bullpen to help protect a 1-0 Houston lead.  Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke decided not to lift Weeks for a left-handed pinch-hitter – and Weeks rewarded the decision by crushing a slider into the left-field stands to give Milwaukee the lead. Aramis Ramirez hit a solo shot in the ninth. Weeks started at the lead-off spot for the first time in over a year, replacing Norichika Aoki who left to be with his wife for the birth of their second child. Prince was called up to take Aoki’s roster spot for now. Houston scored its only run on a sacrifice fly by J-D Martinez.  Ambriz took the loss. He’s 1-4, as the Astros lost only their second game in their last seven. John Axford got the win by pitching a scoreless seventh. He’s 3-3. Francisco Rodriguez gave up two hits in the ninth, but still got his 299th career save. The Brewers won for only the second time in their last five contests. And they moved up to a tie for last in the N-L Central with the Chicago Cubs, both 12 games below .500. Milwaukee will close out its series at Houston this afternoon. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will face Astros’ right-hander Lucas Harrell.  Pregame coverage on WHBL starts at 12:35.

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