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Happ earns a victory in his Houston debut

The Astros´ J.A. Happ delivers against the Brewers on Friday. The lefthander, acquired from the Phillies for Roy Oswalt, gave up 2 hits and struck out 6 in six innings.
The Astros' J.A. Happ delivers against the Brewers on Friday. The lefthander, acquired from the Phillies for Roy Oswalt, gave up 2 hits and struck out 6 in six innings. BOB LEVEY / Getty Images
HOUSTON - J.A. Happ allowed two hits over six innings in his bow for Houston and the Astros beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-0, on Friday night.

Happ and two minor-leaguers came to the Astros on Thursday in the trade that send Roy Oswalt to the Phillies.

"It's a strange thing to fly out this morning, meet the new teammates, and then go out there and pitch but it was good," Happ said.

"It was very emotional [Thursday] saying goodbye to the guys I've played with a few years and then coming in here and meeting new guys."

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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, after being 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 home runs. Jason Michaels hit a solo shot in the second, Chris Johnson added a three-run homer in the fourth, and Jeff Keppinger hit his fifth of the season in the eighth off David Riske.

Johnson extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games. He went 2 for 3 and is hitting .417 in his streak.

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 51/3 innings for Milwaukee. He allowed four hits, walked three and struck out six.

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.

Milwaukee 000 000 000 – 0 4 0

Houston 010 300 01x – 5 6 1

Milwaukee AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Houston AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Weeks 2b 3   0   1   0   .276      Bourn cf 4   0   0   0   .249   

Hart rf 3   0   0   0   .289      Sanchez ss 4   0   0   0   .274   

Braun lf 4   0   0   0   .273      Keppinger 2b 2   1   2   1   .287   

Fielder 1b 4   0   0   0   .257      Ca.Lee lf 4   0   0   0   .237   

McGehee 3b 4   0   2   0   .276      Bourgeois lf 0   0   0   0   .250   

Lucroy c 4   0   0   0   .281      Michaels rf 3   2   1   1   .245   

C.Gomez cf 3   0   0   0   .231      P.Feliz 1b 3   1   1   0   .215   

A.Escobar ss 3   0   0   0   .249      C.Johnson 3b 3   1   2   3   .333   

M.Parra p 2   0   0   0   .240      Quintero c 3   0   0   0   .229   

Coffey p 0   0   0   0   .000      Happ p 2   0   0   0   .000   

a-Inglett ph 1   0   1   0   .266      W.Lopez p 0   0   0   0   ---   

Hawkins p 0   0   0   0   ---      b-Hernandz ph 1   0   0   0   .100   

Riske p 0   0   0   0   ---      Lyon p 0   0   0   0   ---   

c-Edmonds ph 1   0   0   0   .288      Lindstrom p 0   0   0   0   ---   

Totals 32   0   4   0         Totals 29   5   6   5      

a-singled for Coffey in the 7th. b-lined out for W.Lopez in the 7th. c-grounded out for Riske in the 9th. E: Ca.Lee (5). LOB: Milwaukee 9, Houston 3. 2B: Weeks (19), C.Johnson (8). HR: Michaels (6), off M.Parra; C.Johnson (4), off M.Parra; Keppinger (5), off Riske. RBIs: Keppinger (35), Michaels (17), C.Johnson 3 (20). RLSP: Milwaukee 3 (McGehee, Fielder, M.Parra); Houston 2 (P.Feliz, Bourn). RA: Hart, Michaels. GIDP: Ca.Lee. DP: Milwaukee 1 (McGehee, Weeks, Fielder). Milwaukee walks (4): Weeks, Hart, C.Gomez, A.Escobar.

Houston walks (3): Keppinger 2, Michaels. Milwaukee strikeouts (9): Weeks 2, Braun 2, Fielder, Lucroy, C.Gomez 2, A.Escobar.

Houston strikeouts (6): Bourn 2, Ang.Sanchez 2, Ca.Lee, Quintero.

Milwaukee IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

M.Parra (L 3-8) 51/3   4   4   4   3   6   89   5.42   

Coffey 2/3   0   0   0   0   0   7   4.43   

Hawkins 1   1   0   0   0   0   15   8.53   

Riske 1   1   1   1   0   0   11   4.00   

Houston IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Happ (W 2-0) 6   2   0   0   4   6   98   1.27   

W.Lopez 1   1   0   0   0   2   12   3.76   

Lyon 1   1   0   0   0   0   14   3.55   

Lindstrom 1   0   0   0   0   1   7   2.48   

IR-S: Coffey 1-0. Umpires: Home, Jerry Crawford; First, Phil Cuzzi; Second, Chris Guccione; Third, Brian O'Nora.

Diamondbacks 9, Mets 6

NEW YORK - Kelly Johnson and Miguel Montero homered in a five-run sixth, and Arizona stopped a seven-game losing streak with a win over New York.

The Mets were done in by a dreadful relief outing from lefthander Raul Valdes, who gave up hits to all four batters he faced, turning a one-run lead into a 9-5 deficit in 14 pitches.

Arizona 301 005 000 – 9 13 1

New York 302 000 100 – 6 7 2

Arizona AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      New York AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

C.Young cf 4   0   2   0   .268      Jos.Reyes ss 5   2   3   0   .284   

K.Johnson 2b 4   2   2   2   .277      L.Castillo 2b 4   1   0   0   .239   

J.Upton rf 4   2   1   0   .280      Pagan lf 4   1   1   1   .308   

Ad.LaRoche 1b 5   2   2   1   .256      D.Wright 3b 4   2   3   5   .305   

Montero c 5   2   3   4   .311      Beltran cf 3   0   0   0   .216   

M.Reynolds 3b 5   0   2   1   .219      I.Davis 1b 3   0   0   0   .249   

S.Drew ss 5   0   1   1   .264      Francoeur rf 4   0   0   0   .238   

G.Parra lf 4   0   0   0   .250      H.Blanco c 2   0   0   0   .261   

I.Kennedy p 3   1   0   0   .111      a-Carter ph 1   0   0   0   .256   

b-T.Abreu ph 1   0   0   0   .225      Thole c 1   0   0   0   .350   

Boyer p 0   0   0   0   .000      Pelfrey p 2   0   0   0   .108   

Qualls p 0   0   0   0   ---      Valdes p 0   0   0   0   .500   

Heilman p 0   0   0   0   .000      Acosta p 0   0   0   0   ---   

Totals 40   9   13   9         c-J.Feliciano ph 1   0   0   0   .286   

                  Dessens p 0   0   0   0   ---   

                  P.Feliciano p 0   0   0   0   ---   

                  d-Cora ph 1   0   0   0   .206   

                  Totals 35   6   7   6      

a-grounded out for H.Blanco in the 6th. b-struck out for I.Kennedy in the 7th. c-grounded out for Acosta in the 7th. d-flied out for P.Feliciano in the 9th. E: Ad.LaRoche (9), H.Blanco (1), Jos.Reyes (9). LOB: Arizona 7, New York 6. 2B: C.Young (24), Montero (10), M.Reynolds (15), S.Drew (20), Jos.Reyes (19). HR: K.Johnson (17), off Valdes; Montero (4), off Valdes; D.Wright 2 (17), off I.Kennedy 2. RBIs: K.Johnson 2 (51), Ad.LaRoche (63), Montero 4 (22), M.Reynolds (65), S.Drew (31), Pagan (47), D.Wright 5 (74). SB: C.Young (22), K.Johnson (10). CS: C.Young (3). RLSP: Arizona 5 (G.Parra, Ad.LaRoche 2, I.Kennedy, S.Drew); New York 3 (Carter, Beltran, Pagan). RA: J.Upton. Arizona walks (2): K.Johnson, J.Upton. New York walks (4): L.Castillo, Pagan, Beltran, I.Davis. Arizona strikeouts (10): K.Johnson, Ad.LaRoche 2, Montero, M.Reynolds, S.Drew 2, G.Parra, I.Kennedy, T.Abreu. New York strikeouts (6): Pagan, D.Wright, I.Davis, Francoeur 2, Pelfrey.

Arizona IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

I.Kennedy (W 6-8) 6   3   5   5   4   4   111   4.26   

Boyer 1   3   1   1   0   0   23   4.75   

Qualls (H 3) 1   0   0   0   0   2   13   8.29   

Heilman (S 4-8) 1   1   0   0   0   0   22   3.38   

New York IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Pelfrey 52/3   8   5   4   2   4   118   4.10   

Valdes (L 2-3) (BS 2-3) 0   4   4   4   0   0   14   4.85   

Acosta 11/3   0   0   0   0   4   24   2.93   

Dessens 1   0   0   0   0   0   14   1.42   

P.Feliciano 1   1   0   0   0   2   16   2.83   

Valdes pitched to 4 batters in the 6th. IR-S: Valdes 1-1. HBP: by Dessens (C.Young). PB: Montero. Umpires: Home, Chad Fairchild; First, Eric Cooper; Second, Mike Muchlinski; Third, Bill Miller.

T: 3:27. A: 34,280 (41,800).

Braves 6, Reds 4

CINCINNATI - Jason Heyward's two-RBI double with two outs in the 10th rallied Atlanta past Cincinnati.

After Francisco Cordero (3-4) walked two, Heyward worked the count full, then hit a sinking liner that diving leftfielder Jonny Gomes couldn't catch.

Atlanta 001 021 000 2 – 6 12 0

Cincinnati 003 000 010 0 – 4 11 0

Atlanta AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Cincinnati AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Prado 2b 5   2   1   1   .315      B.Phillips 2b 5   1   1   0   .288   

Wagner p 0   0   0   0   ---      O.Cabrera ss 5   1   1   1   .259   

Heyward rf 6   0   3   2   .275      Jor.Smith p 0   0   0   0   .000   

C.Jones 3b 5   1   2   1   .254      Votto 1b 5   2   3   2   .326   

McCann c 5   1   1   2   .269      Rolen 3b 4   0   3   1   .300   

Glaus 1b 5   0   0   0   .246      Gomes lf 4   0   0   0   .270   

Hinske lf 4   0   1   0   .279      Bruce rf 4   0   0   0   .260   

Saito p 0   0   0   0   .000      F.Cordero p 0   0   0   0   ---   

Venters p 0   0   0   0   .000      Janish ss 0   0   0   0   .270   

b-Conrad ph 1   0   0   0   .235      c-Cairo ph 1   0   0   0   .301   

J.Chavez p 0   0   0   0   .000      Stubbs cf 5   0   0   0   .232   

Ale.Gonzalez ss 0   0   0   0   .277      R.Hernandez c 4   0   1   0   .288   

Infante ss-2b 4   1   2   0   .333      Cueto p 2   0   0   0   .135   

Me.Cabrera cf 3   1   1   0   .265      Bray p 0   0   0   0   ---   

Medlen p 2   0   1   0   .192      Ondrusek p 0   0   0   0   .000   

Moylan p 0   0   0   0   ---      a-L.Nix ph 1   0   1   0   .273   

M.Diaz lf 2   0   0   0   .244      Masset p 0   0   0   0   ---   

Totals 42   6   12   6         Rhodes p 0   0   0   0   ---   

                  Heisey rf 1   0   1   0   .286   

                  Totals 41   4   11   4      

a-singled for Ondrusek in the 7th. b-flied out for Venters in the 9th. c-flied out for Janish in the 10th. LOB: Atlanta 12, Cincinnati 9. 2B: Heyward 3 (19), Hinske (19), Me.Cabrera (18), Votto (18), Rolen 2 (20). HR: McCann (14), off Cueto; Votto (27), off Venters. RBIs: Prado (43), Heyward 2 (50), C.Jones (42), McCann 2 (53), O.Cabrera (37), Votto 2 (72), Rolen (61). SB: Me.Cabrera (5). RLSP: Atlanta 8 (McCann 3, Medlen, Glaus, Prado, C.Jones 2); Cincinnati 3 (Stubbs 2, O.Cabrera). RA: Heyward, B.Phillips, Gomes. Atlanta walks (5): Prado, C.Jones, Infante, Me.Cabrera 2. Cincinnati walks (1): Rolen. Atlanta strikeouts (7): Prado, Heyward, McCann 3, Medlen, M.Diaz. Cincinnati strikeouts (8): O.Cabrera, Votto, Gomes, Bruce 3, Stubbs 2.

Atlanta IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Medlen 5   6   3   3   1   4   82   3.66   

Moylan (H 16) 1   0   0   0   0   0   14   2.55   

Saito (H 13) 1   1   0   0   0   0   30   3.46   

Venters (BS 3-4) 1   2   1   1   0   1   11   1.23   

J.Chavez (W 3-2) 1   1   0   0   0   1   12   5.89   

Wagner (S 24-29) 1   1   0   0   0   2   20   1.65   

Cincinnati IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Cueto 51/3   10   4   4   1   3   104   3.32   

Bray 2/3   0   0   0   1   1   14   5.40   

Ondrusek 1   0   0   0   1   0   15   3.38   

Masset 2/3   0   0   0   0   1   6   4.40   

Rhodes 2/3   1   0   0   0   1   18   1.54   

F.Cordero (L 3-4) 11/3   1   2   2   2   1   35   4.02   

Jor.Smith 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   3   2.66   

IR-S: Bray 2-0, Jor.Smith 1-0. IBB: off Cueto (Me.Cabrera). HBP: by Wagner (Gomes), by Cueto (Medlen). Balk: Medlen. Umpires: Home, Bob Davidson; First, Angel Campos; Second, Alfonso Marquez; Third, Tim Timmons. T: 3:46. A: 40,373 (42,319).

Rockies 17, Cubs 2

DENVER - Carlos Gonzalez, Ian Stewart and Dexter Fowler homered and the Colorado used a record-setting 12-run eighth inning to rout Chicago.

Gonzalez had four hits, two in the eighth when the Rockies set a major-league record with 11 straight hits in the inning.

Chicago 000 002 0 0 0 – 2 4 0

Colorado 003 020 0 (12)x – 17 21 0

Chicago AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Colorado AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Colvin rf 3   1   1   1   .268      Fowler cf 6   2   3   2   .231   

S.Castro ss 4   0   0   0   .306      S.Smith rf 4   1   1   2   .287   

D.Lee 1b 3   0   0   1   .246      c-Splbrgh ph-rf 2   1   1   0   .280   

d-Nady ph 0   0   0   0   .223      C.Gonzalez lf 6   3   4   2   .314   

Ar.Ramirez 3b 3   0   0   0   .222      Tulowitzki ss 5   2   3   3   .311   

e-K.Hill ph 1   0   0   0   .196      Hawpe 1b 3   1   1   2   .263   

Byrd cf 4   0   1   0   .312      Iannetta c 3   1   1   2   .219   

A.Soriano lf 3   0   0   0   .266      Stewart 3b 6   1   2   3   .255   

Soto c 3   0   1   0   .287      Barmes 2b 5   2   2   0   .254   

Theriot 2b 2   0   0   0   .284      Francis p 3   1   1   0   .053   

J.Russell p 0   0   0   0   .000      Belisle p 0   0   0   0   .333   

Berg p 0   0   0   0   ---      R.Betancourt p 0   0   0   0   ---   

a-Fontenot ph 1   0   0   0   .281      b-Mora ph 2   2   2   1   .266   

Marshall p 0   0   0   0   .000      T.Buchholz p 0   0   0   0   ---   

Cashner p 0   0   0   0   .000      Totals 45   17   21   17      

Schlitter p 0   0   0   0   ---                     

Dempster p 1   0   0   0   .132                     

Je.Baker 2b 2   1   1   0   .242                     

Totals 30   2   4   2                        

a-struck out for Berg in the 8th. b-singled for R.Betancourt in the 8th. c-struck out for S.Smith in the 8th. d-walked for D.Lee in the 9th. e-fouled out for Ar.Ramirez in the 9th. LOB: Chicago 3, Colorado 11. 2B: Fowler (12), S.Smith (13), C.Gonzalez (15), Tulowitzki 2 (19), Hawpe (20), Barmes (18), Mora (9). 3B: Colvin (3), Iannetta (1). HR: C.Gonzalez (20), off Dempster; Stewart (15), off Cashner; Fowler (3), off Cashner. RBIs: Colvin (38), D.Lee (45), Fowler 2 (15), S.Smith 2 (45), C.Gonzalez 2 (66), Tulowitzki 3 (39), Hawpe 2 (37), Iannetta 2 (17), Stewart 3 (51), Mora (20). RLSP: Chicago 1 (Ar.Ramirez); Colorado 7 (Tulowitzki, Stewart 4, Fowler 2). RA: D.Lee 2. Chicago walks (2): Colvin, Nady. Colorado walks (7): Tulowitzki, Hawpe 3, Iannetta 3. Chicago strikeouts (11): Colvin, S.Castro, Ar.Ramirez, Byrd 2, A.Soriano 2, Soto, Theriot, Fontenot, Je.Baker. Colorado strikeouts (10): Fowler 2, S.Smith 2, Spilborghs, C.Gonzalez 2, Tulowitzki, Hawpe, Francis.

Chicago IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Dempster (L 8-8) 4   7   5   5   5   5   105   3.92   

J.Russell 2   1   0   0   0   3   27   4.06   

Berg 1   0   0   0   0   0   13   5.01   

Marshall 2/3   5   5   5   0   2   22   2.53   

Cashner 0   6   6   6   0   0   18   6.26   

Schlitter 1/3   2   1   1   2   0   21   12.79   

Colorado IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Francis (W 4-3) 6   4   2   2   1   5   88   4.44   

Belisle (H 13) 1   0   0   0   0   2   15   2.53   

R.Betancourt (H 16) 1   0   0   0   0   3   13   4.74   

T.Buchholz 1   0   0   0   1   1   18   3.00   

Dempster pitched to 4 batters in the 5th.Cashner pitched to 6 batters in the 8th. IR-S: J.Russell 3-1, Cashner 1-1, Schlitter 1-1. Umpires: Home, Mike Winters; First, Hunter Wendelstedt; Second, Mike Estabrook; Third, Jerry Layne. T: 3:04. A: 40,189 (50,449).

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