Brewers knock off Astros with 6th inning shelling
The Milwaukee Brewers scored nine runs in the sixth inning Tuesday night to crush the Houston Astros 11-5 at Miller Park.
Johnny Estrada highlighted the rally with his first career grand slam. It was the Brewers' fifth four-bagger, after they were the only Major League team not to hit one a year ago.
Ryan Braun fell a triple short of the cycle, going 3 for 4 with a two-run blast and Corey Hart had two singles to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
Luke Scott homered twice for Houston.
Ex-Brewer Carlos Lee and Brad Ausmus also went yard, as the Astros have lost five of their last six.
Craig Biggio singled in four trips, giving him 2,997 career hits.
Matt Wise got the win in relief and now goes to 2-1.
Wandy Rodriguez gave up six runs in five-plus innings to take the loss. He's 4-7.
The Brewers have won 11 of their last 13 and they still lead the National League Central by 7.5 over the surging Chicago Cubs.
The Brewers and Astros will wrap up their series Wednesday afternoon.
A win would tie Milwaukee's season-high of 14 games above .500. Right-hander Jeff Suppan will face Astros' righty Woody Williams.