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Brewers 12, Astros 5

W: Manny Parra (7-8)
L: Mike Hampton (7-9)

HR: Prince Fielder (27), Carlos Lee (19)

MVP: Mike Rivera (+.139)
LVP: Felipe Lopez (-.029)

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Did the Brewers need a win like this, or what?

The Brewers picked up three runs in the first two innings tonight off Mike Hampton, and led 3-1 when he left the game early with a strained right knee. After that, the Brewer bats came alive, connecting for five runs off of newly acquired Yorman Bazardo in the third to blow open an 8-1 lead, and they were able to coast home from there.

Manny Parra didn't have his best outing, allowing three runs on eight hits and three walks in 5.1 innings, but it was good enough. After Claudio Vargas allowed just one run in 1.2 innings, Chris Smith pitched a scoreless eighth, appearing in a win for just the second time in 23 2009 appearances. Mike Burns closed out the ninth.

At the plate, Mike Rivera was the most valuable Brewer, going 2-for-4 with a walk and driving in three runs. On a night where everything went right for the Crew, Felipe Lopez was actually the least valuable Brewer despite hitting an RBI double, drawing three walks and scoring two runs in six plate appearances.