Brewers 5, Astros 4

Win: Francisco Rodriguez (4-2)
Loss: Fernando Rodriguez (2-1)
Save: John Axford (31)

HR: Bourgeois (1)

MVP: Prince Fielder (.290)
LVP: Francisco Rodriguez (-.127)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph

Give the Astros credit--they came closer to winning than should have been expected after they ran out their Pence-less, Bourn-less lineup.

The Brewers got off to a good start, scoring two runs in the bottom of the second.  The first came via a Yuni double, which scored Felipe Lopez.  Betancourt would advance to third on the play due to a throwing error.  Following that, Jonathan Lucroy laid down a squeeze bunt, scoring Betancourt.

The Astros fought back, taking the lead in the top of the fourth inning on a three run homer from Jason Bourgeois--his first of the season and second of his career (his first career homer came when he was a Brewer).  The Brewers tied it back up in the bottom half of the inning, though, as Jonathan Lucroy double in Prince Fielder. 

Then, in the sixth, the Brewers took the lead back:  After Ryan Braun singled and Fielder moved him to third with a single of his own.  Felipe Lopez popped out and Yuni hit a grounder into what looked line an inning ending double play.  Fielder showed some hustle, though, and took out Jose Altuve--who was covering second base for the lead out--in order to break up the double play (cleanly, too!) and allowing Ryan Braun to score. 

Somehow, the Astros kept fighting back and scored another run thanks to a K-Rod wild pitch in the eighth inning.  Once more, though, the Brewers scored in the bottom half of the same inning.  This time, Ryan Braun doubled and Prince Fielder--who the Astros inexplicably had a right hander pitch to--singled him home, giving the Brewers a 5-4 lead they wouldn't give up as John Axford locked down the ninth.

Chris Narveson had a good outing, going 6.2 innings and allowing just four hits and three walks.  All three of his earned runs came on Bourgeois' home run.  Prince Fielder had a great day, going 3-4 overall with a run scored, an RBI, and that very important broken up double play.  Corey Hart also had three hits and Ryan Braun was 2-4 with two runs scored.

The win gives the Brewers a six game winning streak.  Up next:  A big three game series against the Cardinals in Miller Park.

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