Weeks, Ramirez homer later, Brewers top Astros 3-1

Weeks, Ramirez homer later, Brewers top Astros 3-1
June 19, 2013, 11:35 pm
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Milwaukee Brewers' Rickie Weeks, left, celebrates with Jean Segura (9) after hitting a two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Houston. The Brewers' Josh Prince scored on the play. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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HOUSTON (AP) Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Aramis Ramirez added a solo shot in the ninth to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.

The Brewers couldn't get anything going against Houston starter Erik Bedard as he threw a season-high 7 1-3 innings. Bedard was replaced by Hector Ambriz (1-4) with a runner on second, and Weeks greeted him with his sixth homer of the year for a 2-1 lead.

John Axford (3-3) struck out two in the seventh for the win. Francisco Rodriguez allowed two hits in a scoreless ninth for his fifth save and the 299th of his career.

Brewers starter Kyle Lohse yielded six hits and a run with five strikeouts in six innings.

Jose Altuve had three hits, stole three bases and scored Houston's only run on a sacrifice fly in the first inning.

It was the second straight solid start for Bedard, who allowed four hits and tied a season-high with eight strikeouts. He didn't give up a hit until t until Martin Maldonado singled to start the third inning. But he still faced the minimum through three after the Astros turned a double play in that inning.

Bedard walked a batter in the fourth but didn't allow another hit until a single by Weeks with two outs in the sixth inning. Jean Segura followed with another single before Carlos Gomez grounded out to end the threat.

Brandon Barnes and Altuve hit consecutive singles to start Houston's third, but the Astros came away empty when Jason Castro struck out and J.D. Martinez lined into a double play.

The Astros had another chance to add to their 1-0 lead in the sixth. Altuve singled to start it off and stole second and third base before a two-out walk by Chris Carter. But Lohse retired Carlos Pena to escape the jam.

Altuve singled with one out in the first before Castro drew a walk. Altuve stole third base and scored on a sacrifice fly by Martinez.

NOTES: Houston signed RHP Mark Appel, the top overall pick in this year's draft. He shagged balls in the outfield with the team before the game. ... Brewers OF Norichika Aoki was placed on the paternity list to go to Milwaukee for the birth of his second child. OF Josh Prince was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to take his spot on the roster. Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said he expects Aoki back for Friday's game against Atlanta. ... OF Ryan Braun, on the 15-day disabled list with a right thumb contusion, was in Arizona to visit a doctor about his injury. Roenicke said they should know better when he could come back after they hear the results. The series wraps up on Thursday when Houston's Lucas Harrell opposes Yovani Gallardo.