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Astros vs. Brewers: Houston ends Milwaukee's playoff hopes with 7-0 win

The Houston Astros won, 7-0, at the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, knocking the Brewers out of the wild card race.

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Astros vs. Cubs: Houston shuts out Chicago

The Houston Astros opened their final series of the year with a shutout win over the Chicago Cubs, taking Game 1 of the three game series, 3-0. The Astros threw a combined two-hitter on the efforts of four men.

Fernando Martinez started things off, opening the second inning with a solo home run. That was all Houston could manage that inning, but Martinez helped the Astros offense find their mark again in the fourth. Martinez reached on an infield single, then scored when Matt Dominguez roped a triple to left. Finally, Scott Moore added some insurance in the eighth when he knocked in Brandon Barnes, who had reached on a single.

Lucas Harrell picks up the win for Houston, going six innings while allowing only two hits and striking out seven. With the win he improves to .500 on the season, 11-11. Jose Valdez, Fernando Rodriguez and Wesley Wright all pitched in to close out the game without allowing a further hit.

Game 2 of the series is Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. CT.

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Astros try to end Brewers' playoff hopes

The Houston Astros face the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday evening at Miller Park after the Astros opened the weekend series with a 7-6 win on Friday.

Following the loss, the Brewers' faint hopes of catching the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Wild Card race are down to their last strike. One more loss by the Brewers or one more win by the Cardinals will officially eliminate Milwaukee.

The Brewers expect to start right-hander Marco Estrada (4-7, 3.87 ERA) on the mound. In Estrada's last start against the Brewers he gave up seven hits and four runs in four innings but took a no decision in the 6-5 Astros' win.

Houston will try to win their third consecutive game and end Milwaukee's playoff dreams with lefty Dallas Keuchel (3-7, 4.66 ERA) starting on the mound. Keuchel is 0-1 in two starts against the Brewers earlier this season but has won his last two starts heading into tonight's game.

The game is scheduled to start from Miller Park at 6:10 p.m. CT with radio coverage on KTRH 740, KLAT 1010 (Spanish) and no local television coverage.

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Edgar Gonzalez making 5th start for Astros

The Houston Astros are doing what they can do finish off this disastrous season when they begin a new series against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers have a shot at claiming the second wild card spot as they are four back with six games left, but the odds are stacked against them.

Milwaukee will be doing what they can to keep that playoff hope alive and are starting Yovani Gallardo to go up against the Astros Edgar Gonzalez. Gallardo is the Brewers ace who is 16-8 and will be looking to shutdown the Astros offense, but that should not be too hard. While Gonzalez is only 2-1 and is making only his fifth start for the Astros.

Astros lineup:
1. Jose Altuve 2B
2. Scott Moore RF
3. Jed Lowrie SS
4. Justin Maxwell CF
5. Brett Wallace 1B
6. Jason Castro C
7. Fernando Martinez LF
8. Matt Dominguez 3B
9. Edgar Gonzalez P

Brewers lineup:
1. Norichika Aoki RF
2. Rickie Weeks 2B
3. Ryan Braun LF
4. Aramis Ramirez 3B
5. Corey Hart 1B
6. Martin Maldonado C
7. Carlos Gomez CF
8. Jean Segura SS
9. Yovani Gallardo P

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