MILWAUKEE (AP) -
had enough to earn his first victory in a month.
Parra lasted five innings to pick up his first win since July 20, J.J. Hardy hit a two-run homer and the
5-2 on Wednesday.
''I had nothing today,'' Parra said. ''Nothing.''
walked three times and scored three runs, and
had two sacrifice flies for Milwaukee, which managed just four hits.
Parra (10-6) won 7-4 at San Francisco last month, then lost four straight decisions over his next five starts. He came in
with a 5.70 ERA over the previous five starts, including a poor showing against the
Los Angeles Dodgers
on Friday when he gave up 10 hits, matching a season high, and four runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 5-3 loss.
Again missing his best stuff, Parra still found a way to hold Houston to two runs and six hits. The 25-year-old left-hander
walked four and struck out two.
''If I can go out there and have nothing and get away with five innings and the bullpen does what they do and we get a win,''
he said, ''it really doesn't matter.''
worked two hitless innings,
got out of a jam in the eighth and
pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 29 chances.
Houston loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth but
bounced back to Gagne for a 1-2-3 double play and
grounded out to end the inning.
''We lost it in the eighth,'' manager
said. ''We had our opportunity. We had a walk, hit batter, bunt single and the bases loaded with nobody out and two pitches
later the inning's over. We've got to score there somehow.''
was happy with Gagne's economical approach in the eighth.
''Gagne got the bases loaded and out of it all on eight pitches,'' Yost said.
Hardy homered off
, who entered after reliever
walked Weeks with two outs in the seventh inning. Hardy's 19th homer made it 5-2.
had RBI singles in the fourth for Houston.
Parra got into trouble again in the fifth, but escaped thanks to a perfect throw by left fielder
at the plate to end the inning.
Kapler also doubled in a run in the first
(7-6) allowed three runs, two earned, and three hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out six and walked five.
Notes: Brewers slugger
missed his second consecutive game and ninth of the last 11 with tightness in his lower back. The All-Star outfielder left
Monday's game after the sixth inning when the injury flared up during an at-bat. He could pinch hit, but probably won't start
until Friday against Pittsburgh. The Brewers are off Thursday. ... Brewers C
dropped Loretta's popup in front of the plate in the seventh, but after appealing to plate umpire Dale Scott, recovered to
throw out Loretta, who had his back to the play. ... Weeks returned after missing two games with a sprained left thumb.