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Brew Crew loses to Houston

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The Milwaukee Brewers lost at Houston Thursday night 6-1.

Lance Berkman drove in five runs and fell a double short of the cycle. His three-run triple to center over Mike Cameron's head in the seventh inning broke a one-run game wide open.

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Roy Oswalt struck out 10 in seven innings, breaking a personal string of back-to-back losses. He's now 5-and-6.

Seth McClung took the loss, despite giving up just two runs and three hits in six frames. He's now 3-3.

Ryan Braun provided Milwaukee's only offense with his 17th homer of the year, a solo shot.

The Brewers managed just five hits and went 0-5 with runners in scoring position.

The Astros broke a two-game losing streak and the win was only their second in their last six. They also pulled to within a half-game of third-place Milwaukee in the National League Central.

The Brewers are now 1-3 on their six-game road trip and they're now 14-21 away from Miller Park. They'll play at Houston again tonight (Wednesday).

Left-hander Manny Parra will go against Astros' right-hander Brandon Backe.

Looking for Weeks replacement

With Rickie Weeks on the disabled list, Brewers' Manager Ned Yost will have up to four players fill in at second base.

Bill Hall moved there from his third-base platoon spot Tuesday night. He went 1-3 with a double against Roy Oswalt.

Hall has played 92 career games at second, most of them in 2004.

He's expected to share the job with Joe Dillon, Craig Counsell and Hernan Iribarren - who was called up from Triple-"A" Monday to fill Weeks' roster spot.

Weeks is out with a strained left knee suffered Friday night when Colorado's Joe Baker slid into him at second.

Baker refused to say if his slide was clean, but Rockies' Manager Clint Hurdle said it was and Weeks agreed.

Corey Hart took Weeks' place as Milwaukee's lead-off hitter last night at Houston.

As expected, Mike Cameron moved further down the batting order after hitting just .214 in the No. 2 spot. He moved to sixth and went 1-4 with a strikeout.

J.J. Hardy moved up from seventh to take Cameron's spot.

Signing picks

The Brewers have signed 20 players they drafted last week - including two of their first-five picks.

The signers included college left-hander Evan Frederickson of San Francisco, who was taken as a supplemental pick in the 35th overall spot and outfielder Cutter Dykstra, who was drafted 54th in the second round.

Dykstra is the son of former big leaguer Lenny Dykstra.

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