The Milwaukee Brewers snapped a 3 game losing streak by rallying against the Houston Astros 8-2.

Zack Greinke ended up with the win, going 6 innings and giving up 9 hits, the most he’s surrendered all season. Greinke just never looked fully concentrated on the mound, leaving far too many throws high over the plate. It’s been a bit of a plague in the rotation lately, contributing to what is now three straight subpar starts. If the team is expected to fall back to earth and suffer a few miserable turns at some point, might as well get it out of the way now.

On offense, the team looked a little off focus as well at the start, never really clicking at the right time. Houston got a solid game from their starter, getting into trouble on a few occasions but getting the Brewers out in a few key situations. Once the bullpen took over, things got a bit dicey for the Astros. Taylor Green, seeing another big league game as a pinch hitter, got on base to lead off the 7th, and the Brewers eventually took the lead 3-2. New call-up Logan Schafer saw his first action as a pinch runner.

The Crew struck again in the 8th with a two-run home run by Casey McGehee. The ninth followed with Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder extending the lead to 8-2, Fielder on his own two-run shot. It was an entirely different team from earlier in the game; now in total command, upbeat in the dugout and possibly aware of the score of the St. Louis Cardinals game. St. Louis eventually lost, falling 8.5 games behind the Brewers. Milwaukee’s magic number is now 16.

Carlos Gomez made an appearance late in the game, returning for the first time since his shoulder injury. He’ll slide his way back into the center field platoon as the team looks to get healthier for a big run. Chris Narveson gets the pitch tomorrow night.


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