Happ keeps Brew­ers in check dur­ing his de­but for the Astros

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

HOUS­TON — J.A. Happ al­lowed two hits over six in­nings in his Hous­ton de­but and the Astros beat the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers 5-0 on Fri­day night.

Happ and two mi­nor lea­guers came to the Astros on Thurs­day in a trade that sent Roy Oswalt to Philadel­phia. Oswalt was hit hard in the Phillies’ 8-1 loss at Washington on Fri­day night.

The Brew­ers have lost three straight af­ter win­ning their pre­vi­ous five games. The Astros won their third straight.

Happ, 12-5 as a rookie last sea­son, made only his fourth ma­jor league start this year. He was side­lined with a left fore­arm strain. He had four walks and six strike­outs as the Astros com­bined on a four-hit­ter and their fifth shutout this sea­son.

All the Astros runs came on homers. Ja­son Michaels hit solo shot in the sec­ond, and Chris John­son added a three-run homer in the fourth. John­son ex­tended his ca­reerbest hit­ting streak to 13 games. Jeff Kep­pinger hit his fifth of the sea­son in the eighth off David Riske.

Happ started his Astros ca­reer by yield­ing a dou­ble to Rickie Weeks and then he walked Corey Hart. He then re­tired the side and didn’t al­low an­other hit un­til Casey McGe­hee’s one-out sin­gle to left in the sixth in­ning.

Manny Parra (3-8) went 51⁄ in­nings for Mil­wau­kee. He al­lowed four hits and struck out six.

John­son went 2 for 3 and is hit­ting .417 in his streak.

Happ left two run­ners stranded in the fourth. Casey McGe­hee reached on Car­los Lee’s field­ing er­ror, and af­ter Jonathan Lu­croy flied out, Car­los Gomez walked. Happ then got Al­cides Es­co­bar on a fly ball and Parra grounded out.

John­son’s 13-game hit­ting streak is the long­est by an Astro since Julio Lugo hit in 14 straight games in 2000.

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