Posted September 30, 2012 on AP on Fox
Jordan Lyles pitched his first major league shutout and hit his first home run as the Houston Astros beat Milwaukee 7-0 on Sunday, eliminating the Brewers from wild-card playoff contention. The Brewers, who reached the NL championship series last year, had surged since mid-August to get back into the postseason race. But the last-place Astros won two of three at Miller Park to finish off Milwaukee. The 21-year-old Lyles (5-12) threw a four-hitter in his first complete game in 40 big league starts. Lyles, Justin Maxwell, Jed Lowrie and Matt Dominguez hit solo home runs. The Brewers are 27-12 since being 12 games under .500 on Aug. 19. Lyles (5-12) allowed just four singles in his first complete game in 40 big league starts. Lyles, Justin Maxwell, Jed Lowrie and Matt Dominguez hit solo home runs. The 21-year-old Lyles entered the game with a 1-7 record and 6.95 ERA away from Minute Maid Park. He struck out three and walked one. Mike Fiers (9-10) struck out 10 in six innings, but also gave up Houston's four home runs. He had gone 1-3 with a 6.97 ERA over his previous five starts and ran into more trouble. Tyler Greene put the Astros ahead 1-0 in the third with an RBI double. Maxwell homered the next inning. Lyles, in his second season in the major leagues, helped himself with his homer in the fifth. Lowrie and Dominguez connected for back-to-back shots in the sixth. Carlos Corporan added a two-run single in the seventh. The victory gave Houston its first series win in Milwaukee since it took two of three in July 2008. NOTES: The Brewers entered the game leading the National League in home runs (198) and stolen bases (153). Milwaukee is looking to become the first team since the 1996 Colorado Rockies to lead its league in both categories. ... With the outside game-time temperature hovering around 60 degrees, the Brewers opted to play the game with the retractable roof closed.
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