HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 24: J.A. Happ #30 of the Houston Astros throws against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning of an interleague game at Minute Maid Park on June 24, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Astros Vs. Brewers: Houston Tries To Finish First Half Strong

The Houston Astros limp home with a 9-32 road record in the first half of the 2012 season to host the Brewers for a three-game series.

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Astros Vs. Brewers Series Review: First Half Of Season Ends Rough For Houston

For the Astros and fans alike, the end of the Milwaukee Brewers series marks a much-needed break from all of this losing.

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Astros Vs. Brewers Final Score: Houston Closes Out First Half With 5-3 Loss

The Houston Astros closed the first half of the MLB's regular season with a 5-3 loss in 10 innings to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Houston wasted a good outing by starter Jordan Lyles who went seven innings and allowed six hits and two runs. Ryan Braun's eighth inning single tied the score 3-3 and the Brewers tacked on two more runs in the top of the 10th.

Fernando Rodriguez takes the loss allowing two hits and two runs in an inning of work. Manny Parra picks up his first win of the season with a scoreless inning of relief. Jose Altuve had a double and an RBI for the Astros and JD Martinez drove in his 49th run of the season.

Rickie Weeks went 3 for 5 with a homer and two RBIs for Milwaukee.

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Astros Vs. Brewers: Sunday's Starting Lineups Released

The Houston Astros will look to win their series versus the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday as Jordan Lyles takes the mound versus Zack Greinke. Chris Snyder will start behind the plate for Jason Castro. Here are your starting lineups for both teams.

Milwaukee Brewers Starting Lineups

1. Norichika Aoki (L) RF
2. Nyjer Morgan (L) CF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Aramis Ramirez (R) 3B
5. Corey Hart (R) 1B
6. Rickie Weeks (R) 2B
7. Martin Maldonado (R) C
8. Cesar Izturis (S) SS
9. Zack Greinke (R) P

Houston Astros Starting Lineups

1. Jordan Schafer (L) CF
2. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
3. Scott Moore (L) 3B
4. J.D. Martinez (R) LF
5. Jed Lowrie (S) SS
6. Chris Johnson (R) 1B
7. Brian Bogusevic (L) RF
8. Chris Snyder (R) C
9. Jordan Lyles (R) P

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Astros Vs. Brewers Sunday Preview, Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Houston Astros will try to close out the first half of the MLB season on a good note with a series win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Houston dropped the series opener on Friday losing 7-1 but bounced back on Saturday to win 6-3 after Milwaukee ace Zack Greinke was ejected after throwing only four pitches.

Jordan Lyles will take the mound for the Astros on Sunday and will be looking to bounce back from a tough outing against the Pirates. Lyles surrendered seven runs in just four innings last time out and will be looking for much better results on Sunday. For the season Lyles has compiled a 2-5 record with a 5.40 ERA.

Milwaukee is scheduled to pitch Marco Estrada but there are rumblings that Greinke could return to the mound for Sunday's series finale.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, July 8, 1:05 p.m. CT

Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas

TV: Fox Sports Houston

Radio: KTRH 740

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

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Astros Vs. Brewers Final Score: Houston Defeats Milwaukee 6-3

The Houston Astros were able to get back in the win column by defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 at home on Saturday night. The Astros got a break when Brewers starting pitcher Zack Greinke was thrown out of the game after only four pitches due to a dispute over a play at first base.

The play that Greinke disputed was when at first base when Jose Altuve ruled safe on an infield single which scored Jordan Schafer. It was Livan Hernandez who replaced Greinke after he was removed, and he lasted three innings.

The Astros were able to score three more runs against Hernandez, all of which came in the third inning. The scoring began when third baseman Scott Moore hit a sole home run. The next runs were scored when Jed Lowrie doubled to right field which knocked in J.D. Martinez, and the other run came on a sacrifice fly by Jason Castro.

The Astros then increased their lead to 6-0 after scoring a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings. The Brewers made a comeback of their own by scoring two runs in the sixth inning off of starter Wandy Rodriguez. The first run was scored on a fielders choice by Rickie Weeks, and the other came when Rodriguez threw a wild pitch to make it 6-2. Outside of that sixth inning collapse, Rodriguez pitched well by allowing only four hits and striking out five in 5.1 innings of work.

The Brewers got another run in the eighth to make it 6-3, but that would be the last of the scoring for them. In the ninth the Astros brought in their closer Brett Myers who closed out the game for his 18th save of the season.

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Brewers Zack Greinke Tossed After 4 Pitches

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Zack Greinke has been the subject of trade rumors over the past few weeks, and his start on Saturday afternoon was to be one where scouts would get to seem him pitch one last time before the All-Star break.

Well, Greinke was tossed from the game after only four pitches when he was frustrated over a call:

"Greinke spiked the ball in the dirt after Jose Altuve was called safe in a bang-bang play at first base. Greinke was obviously frustrated over the call, as was Brewers manager Ron Roenicke who was also tossed from the game, but first base umpire Sam Holbrook gave them an incredibly quick boot."

The Brewers replaced Greinke with Livan Hernandez, and the Astros were able to get three runs off of Hernandez in the third inning. Currently the Astros lead 6-2 in the seventh.

Here is video of the play in question that had Greinke tossed.

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Astros Vs. Brewers: Saturday's Starting Lineups Released

The Houston Astros will look to wake their bats up and regroup after dropping the first game of their three-game set versus the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. Aces Zach Greinke and Wandy Rodriguez will take the mound for each team, and Brian Bogusevic will hit eighth in the lineup in place of Matt Dominguez.

Here are the starting lineups for both teams.

Milwaukee Brewers Starting Lineup

1. Carlos Gomez (R) CF
2. Norichika Aoki (L) RF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Aramis Ramirez (R) 3B
5. Corey Hart (R) 1B
6. Rickie Weeks (R) 2B
7. Martin Maldonado (R) C
8. Cesar Izturis (S) SS
9. Zack Greinke (R) P

Houston Astros Starting Lineup

1. Jordan Schafer (L) CF
2. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
3. Scott Moore (L) 3B
4. J.D. Martinez (R) LF
5. Jed Lowrie (S) SS
6. Chris Johnson (R) 1B
7. Jason Castro (L) C
8. Brian Bogusevic (L) RF
9. Wandy Rodriguez (S) P

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Houston Astros Vs. Milwaukee Brewers: Saturday Preview, TV Schedule And More

Houston needs to find some offense if they're going to snap a nine game losing streak on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Astros, they'll be facing All-Star snub Zack Greinke, as the Brewers look to crawl back into the NL Central race.

Milwaukee won the opening game of the three-game series headed into the All-Star break on Friday night, winning comfortably 7-1. Friday's game represented the third time this week that the Astros scored one or fewer runs, as the team was shutout on Sunday and Thursday as well.

Greinke, as always, is a tough assignment for any team. The talented ace, who could very well be changing his uniform soon, brings a 9-2 record into Saturday's contest, to go along with a 3.08 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and .251 BAA. As always for Greinke, his SO/BB ratio is stellar, as he's struck out 106 batters on the year while walking just 24 in 108 innings of work.

Wandy Rodriguez, who also might very well end up changing teams by the end of the month, gets the nod for Houston. Rodriguez is currently 6-6 with a 3.54 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. Rodriguez' last win came on June 14, nearly a month ago, when the Astros beat the Giants 6-3.

First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m CT at Minute Maid Park. Televised coverage can be found on FOX Sports Houston.

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Astros Vs. Brewers Final Score: Houston's Bats Fall Silent In 7-1 Loss To Milwaukee

Once again the Houston Astros offense was shutdown, and they only managed five hits in their 7-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Astros did get on the board in the first inning when second baseman Scott Moore hit a solo home run, but that was it.

The Astros pitchers were not as efficient as starter J.A. Happ gave up all seven runs in 6.1 innings of work, and that includes three home runs. Happ was pitching fairly well heading into the sixth inning as the score was 4-1, but he proceeded to allow three runs on three hits to allow the Brewers to extend their lead to 7-1.

The Brewers used a combined effort from their pitching staff which was led by starter Yovani Gallardo who pitched six innings, gave up one run and four hits. The relief pitching for the Brewers then had a combined one-hit effort over the final three innings between Kameron Loe and Livan Hernandez.

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Astros Call Up Enerio Del Rosario To Help Out Bullpen

The Houston Astros called up reliever Enerio Del Rosario once again from triple-A OKlahoma City. Del Rosario replaces the optioned pitcher Dallas Keuchel. The move to drop Keuchel was to help an overworked relief staff, and look for him to resurface to the Majors after a few starts. Del Rosario has had two stints with the Astros and this year he has allowed six runs, nine hits and in six innings of work.

Astros manager Brad Mills made this move to give the Astros some much needed bullpen arms:

"We need to have another arm right now with the way these last few games have gone."

The move also gives the Astros a six-man rotation which will allow some relief pitchers to get some much needed rest, and with the All-Star break approaching next week it will help out even more to get the Astros pitching staff rested.

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Astros Vs. Brewers: Friday's Lineups Announced

The Astros will try to find some sort of momentum with the final series of the first half against the Brewers, beginning on Friday.

The Astros have lost eight straight games, including the last seven on the road. The good news is that Houston finishes the first half at home.

Here is the Astros lineup for Friday's game:

1. Jordan Schafer CF

2. Jose Altuve 2B

3. Scott Moore RF

4. J.D. Martinez LF

5. Jed Lowrie SS

6. Chris Johnson 1B

7. Jason Castro C

8. Matt Dominguez 3B

9. J.A. Happ P

Here is the Brewers lineup:

1. Carlos Gomez CF

2. Norichika Aoki RF

3. Ryan Braun LF

4. Aramis Ramirez 3B

5. Corey Hart 1B

6. Rickie Weeks 2B

7. Cody Ransom SS

8. Martin Maldonado C

9. Yovani Gallardo P

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Astros Vs. Brewers Series Preview: Houston Could Stand A Win, Or Few

The Houston Astros take their eight-game losing streak back to Minute Maid Park to begin a three-game weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

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Astros Vs. Brewers: Game 1 Preview, TV Info And More

The Houston Astros limp home with a 9-32 road record in the first half of the 2012 season to host the Brewers for a three-game series.

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