HOUSTON (AP) -Milwaukee manager
considered removing starter
from the game Friday night. He just wasn't all that serious about it.
Gallardo pitched his first career complete game,
drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run fifth inning and the Brewers won their third straight, 5-2 over the
''I thought about getting somebody up in the seventh, but he was so crisp with his pitches,'' Macha said. ''He got through
the eighth easy and I had somebody warming up for the ninth. Had they got a couple of guys on, maybe.''
It never happened. Gallardo was still bewildering hitters in the ninth. He struck out
on called third strikes and got the final out when pinch hitter
grounded out. Gallardo didn't walk a batter and struck out seven.
Gallardo (2-1) gave up a two-run homer to
in the fourth inning, but the Brewers offense gave him all the runs he needed. Gallardo allowed five hits and surpassed his
previous longest start, eight innings against Houston in 2007.
''I never even had one (complete game) in the minor leagues,'' Gallardo said. ''Other than that two years ago here was my
longest outing other than today. I mixed everything up and stayed ahead in the count. The only mistake I made was against
, and I fell behind in the count. I tried to get that on the inside corner but I left it out over the plate.''
The Brewers trailed 2-0 in the fifth when
singled up the middle with one out. He was sacrificed to second by Gallardo, and
got an infield hit when shortstop
failed to scoop up the ball barehanded.
then went the other way with an RBI single to right.
, Fielder and
hit consecutive run-scoring singles for a 4-2 lead, before Fielder was caught between second and third for the final out.
All four runs were charged to
(0-1), who allowed 10 hits and struck out four without issuing a walk in six innings.
Weeks added a solo homer in the seventh off reliever
''In that inning after two outs, I made mistakes,'' Paulino said. ''I was getting ahead of hitters and then trying to make
them put the ball in play but I made mistakes, leaving the balls up. In the first four innings, I was working the corners
on both sides and especially outside. When I kept the ball down, I was fine, but when I got it up, it cost me.''
An early pitchers' duel unraveled with two outs in the fourth when Cameron doubled to left. J.J. Hardy lined a single in front
, and Cameron came charging around third and collided with Astros catcher
. Cameron's helmet went flying and Quintero fell to the turf holding his head - and the ball.
Quintero left the game with a strained right shoulder and was replaced by
to start the fifth inning.
In the bottom half of the inning, Bourn led off with a single and stole second before Lee hit a 2-1 pitch for his fourth homer
of the year.
Macha credited Gallardo's command through most of the game.
''He was in the low 100s in pitch count,'' Macha said. ''Using all his pitches like he did, maybe gives him an idea that he
wants to go out there and pitch complete games, managing his pitches like he did tonight.''
Gallardo also had a strong outing against the Mets.
''The start I had in New York I think is similar to today,'' he said. ''I had no walks today. That was good for me. The first
couple of times I walked quite a few guys. That means something to me, to go a whole nine innings without walking anyone.
''I guess it all worked out.''
Notes: Paulino had an outstanding performance in his previous start on Sunday. He allowed three hits over six innings and
didn't allow a run. ... Astros RHP
threw on the side prior to the game and felt fine. Brocail has been on the DL since April 11 with a strained rotator cuff.
''I will be ready Sunday,'' he said. ''I don't know if they'll be ready for me.'' ... Brewers closer
(right oblique) was scheduled to pitch in the middle innings at Memphis. ... The Brewers have homered in 13 of 16 games this
season, including 12 of the last 13. ... RHP
will begin a rehab assignment Monday at Triple-A Round Rock.