MILWAUKEE (TSN-WSAU) Pedro Feliz doubled in the go-ahead run in the seventh and the Astros scored seven runs over the last four innings to walk away with a 9-5 win over Milwaukee in the opener of a three-game series at Miller Park.
Michael Bourn had four hits, including his first homer of the season, scored twice and knocked in two. Hunter Pence scored two runs and had a two-run single amid a three-hit game and Carlos Lee added two hits and two RBI. Feliz contributed three hits and two runs scored for the Astros, who dropped two of three to the red-hot Rangers over the weekend.
Bud Norris, activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday, went five innings and allowed five runs (four earned) with six strikeouts and one walk. Gustavo Chacin (1-0) earned the win for pitching a scoreless sixth.
Corey Hart had three hits and knocked in two and Ryan Braun went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Brewers, who had won six of their previous seven games.
Houston trailed 5-2 heading into the sixth and Brewers starter Manny Parra put the first two batters on with a walk and single.
Carlos Villanueva came on as the first of five Milwaukee relievers, who allowed five runs and seven hits in four innings.
"Our bullpen has been doing very well but tonight they didn't get the job done. Every once in a while, you're going to have a stinker. But to their credit, [the Astros] got some big two-out hits," said Brewers manager Ken Macha.
Two quick outs were recorded before Bourn hit an RBI single and Jeff Keppinger walked to load the bases.
Todd Coffey (2-2) charged in from the bullpen in his usual style, and promptly gave up a two-run base hit to Pence to tie the game at five.
Coffey stayed on for the seventh and an error put Chris Johnson on to start the inning. He was quickly home on a Feliz go-ahead double and Zach Braddock entered for the Brewers. Feliz later moved up on a groundout and scored on Jason Bourgeois' pinch-hit single.
David Riske let Keppinger and Pence reach on a walk and single to start the eighth and Lee doubled both home for a 9-5 margin.
The Houston bullpen, in comparison, worked four scoreless frames and allowed just three hits in relief of Norris.
Braun's RBI single in the first inning opened the scoring and Milwaukee made it 4-0 with a two-out rally in the next frame. Jim Edmonds led off with a single and Parra hit a two-out double to leave both in scoring position.
Rickie Weeks singled in Edmonds, stole second and scored along with Parra on a base hit from Hart.
Bourn led off the third with a home run and Pence later scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2. Braun parked his 11th homer of the year leading off the bottom half.
"Parra has always been tough on me, but tonight I was able to get some hits. I'm just doing all I can to help the team. It wasn't just me tonight and that was the key for us," said Bourn. "It was nice to hit the homer but it wouldn't have mattered if we didn't win."
The Brewers and Astros play again Tuesday night at 6:35pm.