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MIA@SF: Happ strikes out seven over 6 1/3 for the win

The Astros found something on Wednesday they'd been severely lacking the previous four games -- offense.

After exploding for an 8-3 win over the Brewers, the Astros will look to keep the ball rolling at the plate in the series finale of the two-game set against Milwaukee on Thursday.

The eight runs Wednesday by Houston matched its total from the previous four games combined. Those four games were all losses.

"We've had some close games and tough losses on the road, but the guys have battled," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "Early in the season we were getting runners on and getting the opportunities to score runs, [but haven't]."

Meanwhile, the Brewers have struggled and found success on offense lately. They are 3-3 in their past six games -- in each win they scored eight runs, but they plated just a combined six runs in the losses.

Astros: Lee hitting his stride at plate
• Carlos Lee is on a tear at the plate lately, hitting 10-for-17 (.588) in his last four games. He has a home run, double, four runs and four RBIs during that stretch, and has upped his average to .305.

• Left-hander J.A. Happ will get the start for the Astros, but has not pitched well lately. He is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in his last two starts, and his season ERA has ballooned to 5.72. Happ received a no-decision in a 7-5 win over the Brewers on April 25.

Brewers: Marcum gets the start
• Shaun Marcum gets the ball for the Brewers, trying to build off an outstanding start his last time out. Against the Cubs on May 12, Marcum allowed a run on three hits over seven innings. Against the Astros on April 25, the righty struggled through five innings, allowing eight hits and walking four.

Worth noting
The Astros and Brewers have split four games thus far this season. Milwaukee won two of three at Miller Park earlier this year and Houston has taken the only game at Minute Maid Park. Comments