MILWAUKEE (AP) — Joey Wiemer and Owen Miller homered, Colin Rea combined on a five-hitter and the Milwaukee Brewers stopped the Houston Astros’ eight-game winning streak with a 6-0 victory on Tuesday night.
Houston second baseman Jose Altuve left in the bottom of the sixth inning because he was feeling ill, according to manager Dusty Baker. The 33-year-old, playing his fourth game of the season after recovering from a broken right thumb, walked off the field with athletic trainers during a pitching change.
Rea (1-3) gave up four hits in 5 1/3 innings, struck out four batters and walked two. Joel Payamps finished the sixth, and Elvis Peguero, Peter Strzelecki and Bryse Wilson pitched an inning each in Milwaukee’s fifth shutout this season.
Houston was blanked for the second time. The other was a 2-0 loss to San Francisco on May 2.
J.P. France (1-1) gave up two runs — one earned — and five hits in 5 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and one walk.
Wiemer put Milwaukee ahead in the third with a 430-foot solo drive over the left-field bullpen that was the Brewers’ second-longest homer this season.
Miller singled in the fourth and came home when catcher Yainer DIaz’s throw skipped into center for an error.
Brian Anderson hit a two-run double in the eighth off Rafael Montero and Miller followed with his third homer this season.
An eight-time All-Star and the 2017 AL MVP, Altuve broke his thumb on March 18 when hit by a pitch from Daniel Bard while playing for Venezuela against the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic.
Altuve missed Houston’s first 43 games, played in a three-game series at Oakland last weekend, then was rested in Monday’s series opener against the Brewers. He was 1 for 3 Tuesday and is 3 for 12 this season.
Astros: OF Yordan Alvarez was hit on the right elbow by a 93 mph pitch in the first but remained in the game.
Brewers: Manager Craig Counsell said the team was awaiting results on imaging of LHP Eric Lauer, who went on the 15-day injured list on Monday with a right shoulder impingement.
Astros: RHP Brandon Bielak (1-1, 2.89 ERA) will make 12th career start and first against the Brewers when the three-game series finished Wednesday.
Brewers: RHO Adrian Houser (0-0, 3.07) will make his fourth start of the season. Houser is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in one start and one relief appearance against the Astros.
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