Happ keeps Brewers in check during his debut for the Astros
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.