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Momentum Halted As Wheels Come Off: Astros Beat Brewers 8-3

Corey Hart had the Brewers' first RBI tonight.
Corey Hart had the Brewers' first RBI tonight.

W: Bud Norris (4-1)
L: Randy Wolf (2-4)

HR: Corey Hart (8), Carlos Lee (3)

MVP: Ryan Braun (+.027)
LVP: Randy Wolf (-.320 pitching, +.041 hitting)

Win Expectancy Graph and Star of the Game Voting

First it was the final game in the first Cubs series. Then a pair of games back-to-back in the Padres series. And tonight, the Brewers did it again: Coming off a nice win with a little momentum, they brought absolutely nothing to the table and made us wonder if this team is ever going to put it together.

Tonight the carnage started when the Astros scored two in the second inning. Then they scored three more in the third (aided by Corey Hart's dropped fly ball). When two more scored in the fourth the Brewers were down 7-1 and this game was already more or less over.

Randy Wolf allowed all seven of the aforementioned runs, but one of them was unearned. He completed just four innings and allowed seven hits and three walks, striking out just one. His ERA is back up to 6.38 this season.

Corey Hart drove in the Brewers' first run with a solo homer. Rickie Weeks struck out in each of his four plate appearances tonight. He has two or more strikeouts in eight of his last eleven games. Aramis Ramirez also went 0-for-3 with a walk tonight, ending his hitting streak at 12 games.

The Brewers got a couple of consolation runs in the ninth when Jonathan Lucroy's pinch hit triple plated two.

For the second time this week the Brewers can only hope to salvage a split in the series finale tomorrow. Shaun Marcum takes on J.A. Happ at 7:05.