had taken some good-natured ribbing around the Milwaukee clubhouse after going hitless in nine at-bats in July.
The backup catcher made up for it on Saturday night, driving in three runs with one swing in the Brewers' 12-5 win over the
hit his 27th home run and
knocked in two runs for the Brewers, who finished with 14 hits.
added RBIs for Milwaukee.
The Brewers led 3-0 when Houston starter
(7-9) left after two innings with a sprained right knee.
doubled and scored in the second inning off
, whose Triple-A contract was purchased by the Astros after Friday night's game, relieved Hampton and got into immediate trouble,
giving up a leadoff double to McGehee and walks to Hall and J.J. Hardy.
Rivera cleared the bases with a double to the left-field corner. He had two hits in the game - his first since June 27.
''We were joking about that I didn't get any hits in July,'' said Rivera, who got a rare start to give
a day off. ''I haven't had that many chances to get RBIs lately. It feels great to contribute.''
said before the game that he didn't think Bazardo was ready to start. He had just pitched for Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday.
''I take the heat on that,'' Cooper said. ''I asked him before the game and he said he didn't think he could pitch. He went
out and sucked it up anyway. It was pretty tough for him.''
After Rivera's hit, Parra bunted to the third-base side. Bazardo scooped it up and threw wildly to first and Rivera scored
for a 7-1 lead. Bazardo was charged with an error.
''Obviously, my stuff wasn't there,'' Bazardo said. ''I was just trying to work to get out of the inning.''
Fielder added an RBI single before Bazardo got the last out and
relieved for the fourth.
The Astros' bullpen gave up nine runs over the final seven innings and the Brewers reached their highest run total since a
14-12 win at Cleveland on June 16.
''We had some key hits,'' said Milwaukee manager
. ''We got some big hits with guys on.''
hit his 300th home run, becoming the first Panama-born player to reach the milestone. The Astros are the first team in history
to have three players reach 300 home runs in the same season. Rodriguez hit his 300th homer against the Cubs in Chicago on
May 17 and
reached the mark in Arizona on June 13.
''It was another accomplishment in my career,'' Lee said of the homer. ''It would've been a lot nicer if we were celebrating
a win right now.''
Parra struck out one hitter in each of the first four innings. Houston loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth and Wright
grounded into a fielder's choice. Lee then grounded into a double play and fans started filing for the exits.
''The best thing you can do in that situation is just pound the strike zone,'' said Parra, who threw 107 pitches. ''I thought
I threw the ball pretty well.''
Fielder doubled off Wright leading off the sixth and scored on Hall's single to center.
The Astros strung together three singles in their half of the sixth to make it 9-3. Parra walked
to load the bases and
scored on Kaz Matsui's sacrifice fly, but Vargas struck out
to stop the rally.
Fielder hit a two-run homer to left in the seventh against
to make it 11-4. Lee answered with a solo shot in the bottom half against Vargas.
pitched the ninth for the Astros and gave up Lopez's RBI double.
NOTES: Hampton has allowed 26 runs in first innings this season. ... Astros RHP
threw a bullpen session on Saturday. Hawkins has been on the disabled list since July 28 due to shingles. He'll throw a simulated
game on Monday. ... Fielder had three RBIs in a game for the first time since July 16. ... Parra has won his last four decisions.
The Brewers improved to 7-12 in games Parra has started this season.