Found July 06, 2012 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
While it's been an up-and-down first half of the season for the Milwaukee Brewers, the Houston Astros have been spiraling steadily downward for the last several weeks. Having to face Yovani Gallardo doesn't look like it will help Houston. Gallardo seeks to win his eighth straight start against the Astros, who try to avoid a ninth consecutive loss overall in Friday night's series opener. The Brewers (38-44) arrive in Houston after losing the final two games of their series with Miami to finish their homestand 4-3 and drop eight games out of first place in the NL Central. "That's the way it's gone all year," outfielder Ryan Braun told the Brewers' official website after Thursday's 4-0 loss. "Two steps forward, three steps back. We'll continue to stay optimistic, continue to fight, continue to compete every day. We just haven't played good enough baseball to consistently win games." They seem to have a good chance of winning ...

Brewers 7, Astros 1

Norichika Aoki and Ryan Braun hit consecutive homers in the first inning and Rickie Weeks later hit a two-run shot, leading Yovani Gallardo and the Milwaukee Brewers over the slumping Houston Astros 7-1 on Friday night. The Astros lost their season-worst ninth game in a row. Gallardo (7-6) beat Houston for the eighth straight start, allowing one run and four hits in six innings...

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Brewers turn to Greinke to gather steam

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Astros snap losing streak against Brewers

HOUSTON (AP) -- Scott Moore homered for the second straight day and J.D. Martinez and Jose Altuve had three hits each as the Houston Astros took advantage of the first-inning ejection of Zack Greinke to get a 6-3 win over Milwaukee and break a season-long nine-game losing streak on Saturday. Greinke (9-3) entered the game looking for his 10th win; instead he was gone after four...

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