Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Prince Fielder's two-run single capped a four-run ninth-inning rally, as the Milwaukee Brewers battled back to stun Houston, 6-5, in the opener of a three-game series at Miller Park.
Houston had taken a 5-2 lead when Carlos Lee scored on a double-play grounder in top of the ninth.
However, the Brewers mounted a comeback against Houston closer Matt Lindstrom (2-2), who retired leadoff man Alcides Escobar. George Kottaras then walked and pinch-hitter Joe Inglett made it a one-run contest by homering off the right-field foul pole.
Rickie Weeks slapped a two-strike pitch to left for a single and Corey Hart walked before Fielder ripped a pitch down the right-field line. The ball caromed off the wall protruding in foul territory and rolled into the outfield. Weeks scored the tying run and Hart narrowly beat the throw home, sliding underneath the tag of catcher Jason Castro with the decisive run.
"They put some good swings on him, but Lindstrom has been so good all year," said Houston manager Brad Mills. "Tonight, was just a little hiccup but he's going to come back and he'll be fine."
Fielder added an RBI double for the Brewers, who were swept in three games by the Astros last week in Houston.
"In the ninth, we got some good at-bats against one of the hottest teams," said Milwaukee manager Ken Macha.
Milwaukee starter Dave Bush allowed three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and three walks in six full frames. Kameron Loe (2-2) picked up the win despite yielding a run in the top of the ninth.
Hunter Pence stroked a two-run double and Geoff Blum had three hits and scored two runs for the Astros, who have dropped two in a row on the heels of a seven-game win streak.
Wandy Rodriguez gave up two runs -- one earned -- on eight hits over his 6 1/3-inning start. The lefty totaled seven strikeouts and did not issue a walk.
The Brewers grabbed a 1-0 lead on an RBI double in the second by Escobar.
Houston moved ahead in its next turn at the plate. Michael Bourn doubled and Jeff Keppinger walked to begin the third. With Pence batting, Bourn stole third as part of a double steal before both he and Keppinger scored on the right-fielder's double.
After the clubs traded runs in the fifth, the Astros increased their lead to 4-2 with a two-out rally in the seventh. Milwaukee reliever Todd Coffey quickly retired the first two batters, but Geoff Blum singled, took second on a walk to Brett Wallace and came home on Chris Johnson's single to center.
Lindstrom blew his fifth save of the season...Pence extended his hitting streak to 12 games...Rodriguez had not allowed a run in his previous two outings...The Brewers placed outfielder Carlos Gomez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 3, with a concussion and recalled outfielder Lorenzo Cain from Triple-A Nashville.