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Kotteras, Weeks Key Brew Crew's 5-2 Victory Over 'Stros

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - George Kottaras belted a solo homer and Rickie Weeks hit an inside-the-parker, as the Brewers edged the Astros, 5-2, to take the second meeting of a three-game set.

Prince Fielder drove in a pair and Corey Hart went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in Milwaukee's fourth victory in five games overall.

Randy Wolf (8-9) picked up the win after allowing two runs on nine hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings. Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth for his first save since May 7.

Brett Myers (8-7) was on the opposite end of the decision, surrendering four runs on seven hits in a six-inning start. It was the most runs Myers allowed since yielding seven against the Brewers on June 29.

Hunter Pence had two hits and knocked in a run in the loss, Houston's third straight.

Weeks led off the home first by taking an 0-2 pitch to deep center. Jason Bourgeois mistimed his jump at the wall, and the carom allowed the speedy Weeks to round the bases for his first career inside-the-park homer.

"[Bourgeois] wasn't quite there, and it hit where the wall juts out," Astros manager Brad Mills said of the unfortunate bounce.

Hart followed with a double to the left field gap, advanced on a groundout and scored on Fielder's bouncer to short.

The Brewers extended their 2-0 lead in the sixth thanks to four consecutive singles, as Fielder's bloop to left plated Hart and Casey McGehee's base hit up the middle scored Ryan Braun.

Wolf stranded eight runners in the first five innings, pitched a 1-2-3 sixth and even flashed his defensive skills in the seventh, fielding Angel Sanchez's bunt down the third base line and throwing out the runner at first while falling to the ground.

"Wolf had a lot of baserunners the first five innings. He had eight baserunners but he did a good job getting out of jams," said Brewers manager Ken Macha, who recorded his 500th career victory.

The lefty was pulled later in the inning following Pence's run-scoring two- bagger, and Kameron Loe came in and allowed an RBI, ground-rule double to Carlos Lee before getting out the inning with Milwaukee still leading 4-2.

Kottaras got a run back in the bottom half by taking Nelson Figueroa deep to open the inning.

Loe, Zach Braddock and Todd Coffey combined for a scoreless eighth, and Hoffman set down the top of Houston's order in succession in the ninth for his sixth save of the year.

Myers extended his franchise record for consecutive six-plus inning starts to begin a season to 23...Hoffman had his closer role taken from him when he blew his fifth save against Cincinnati on May 18. The all-time leader now has 597 career saves...The Brewers go for the sweep on Sunday with ace Yovani Gallardo on the hill against Houston's Wesley Wright...It was Weeks' seventh leadoff homer, setting a Brewers record...Pence extended his hitting streak to 13 games.

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