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Brewers get swept in Houston; blow 4-run lead

The Brewers blew a four-run lead and Eric Gagne blew his Major League-leading fifth save, as Milwaukee lost at Houston 8-6 in 12 innings Sunday.

Hunter Pence hit a walk-off two-run homer off Mitch Stetter, who took the loss to go 1-1.

But it would have never gotten that far had the Astros not scored twice in the ninth.

Lance Berkman drew a bases-loaded walk from Gagne that tied the game. Gagne was visibly upset with plate umpire Phil Cuzzi's strike zone, but manager Ned Yost said only a couple pitches appeared to be strikes instead of balls.

That was right after Geoff Blum legged out an infield single which appeared to be an out by the replays. Yost said the call could have gone either way.

Regardless, Gagne said he should have never gotten himself in that position and the Milwaukee offense did the pitching no favors, getting only six base-runners in the final eight innings.

Tim Byrdak got the win in relief. Berkman went 4-5 with a homer for the Astros, who swept three from Milwaukee and have won four of their last five.

Mike Cameron homered twice and drove in four runs for the Brewers, who've now lost four of five.

Milwaukee is just one game above .500, still in third place in the National League Central, three and a half behind front-running St. Louis.

The Brewers are off (Monday), and will open a series at Florida Tuesday night.