Brewers 6, Astros 5

Joe Inglett rushed out to first to congratulate Prince Fielder

on his winning two-run single. When he got to the burly slugger,

Fielder was already airborne in celebration.

The two key players in Milwaukee’s big rally sure enjoyed this


Fielder’s clutch hit off Matt Lindstrom capped a four-run ninth

inning and gave the Brewers a wild 6-5 victory over the Houston

Astros on Friday night.

”It’s always fun to win, especially like that,” Fielder said.

”You hope you don’t have to go that far to win, but every win is

always fun.”

Inglett set the stage for Fielder with his first career

pinch-hit homer, a two-run drive off the right-field foul pole that

got the Brewers within one.

Rickie Weeks then singled and Corey Hart walked before Fielder’s

sharp hit zipped down the line and caromed off the short boards in

right field, ricocheting past Hunter Pence in shallow right-center


Pence ran down the ball and made an accurate throw home, but

Hart just slid past the tag of catcher Jason Castro.

”Good call,” Fielder said.

Weeks grabbed Hart in excitement at the plate and Fielder leapt

into the air before Inglett came to hug the first baseman.

”I was actually catching a ride to be honest with you,” said

Inglett, who managed to knock off Fielder’s helmet but had no

chance at taking him down. ”It was just instinct, you go to the

guy who got it done.”

Houston had won seven of eight overall and four in a row against

Milwaukee before Lindstrom squandered another sharp performance

from Wandy Rodriguez, who allowed an earned run in 6 1-3


”I take responsibility for this,” said Lindstrom, who has

blown five save opportunities this year. ”It’s unacceptable having

a three-run lead out there and facing the bottom of the order and

letting them get back in the game like that.”

Pence extended his hitting streak to 12 with a two-run double in

the third and Brett Wallace doubled in a run in the fifth to give

the Astros a 3-1 lead.

Houston scored again in the seventh and ninth to extend its lead

to 5-2, but wasted an opportunity for more in its final at-bat.

With runners on the corners and nobody out, the Astros could only

manage a single run off Kameron Loe (2-2) on Wallace’s double


Before the ninth, Milwaukee had been 1 for 10 with runners in

scoring position. But the Brewers rallied for their 23rd

come-from-behind victory.

Lindstrom walked George Kottaras, who is hitting .197 this year,

and Inglett added his major league-best 15th pinch hit to make it


”I was just willing it to stay fair – and it stayed fair,”

Inglett said.

Lindstrom said he made a bad pitch to Inglett and wasn’t sharp

from then on.

”I kind of lost my location, just was trying to battle against

myself a little bit, trying to find the zone,” he said.

He never did, and Fielder and the rest of the Brewers made him


”Any time you see Rickie Weeks, Corey Hart and then Prince

Fielder coming up, you know you have a great shot of winning the

game,” Inglett said. ”It was in our corner and I’m glad we did

come out with the ‘W.”’

NOTES: The Brewers placed CF Carlos Gomez (concussion) on the

15-day disabled list before the game and called up CF Lorenzo Cain

for the first start of his career. … Astros RHP Brian Moehler, on

the 15-day DL since July 8 with a strained right hamstring, tore a

tendon in his groin during a simulated game Wednesday. He is

considering surgery. … Astros RHP Felipe Paulino (right rotator

cuff) will consult Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on

Thursday. … Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy wasn’t in the lineup, but

made it to the ballpark after the birth of his daughter, Ellia

Elisabeth, earlier Friday.