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WSH@MIL: Rogers fans seven in solid season debut

"Streaky" might be an appropriate term by which to describe the Brewers.

Milwaukee has endured eight skids of three or more games, but Ron Roenicke's club has also secured six winning streaks of such a length.

The Brewers notched their sixth on Wednesday after a come-from-behind victory that sealed a three-game sweep of the National League Central-leading Reds. Milwaukee heads to Houston to open a weekend set against the last-place Astros beginning Friday.

Roenicke would like to see more consistency from his team at the plate. The skipper said certain hitting trends are responsible for the club's streakiness.

"I think when we are hitting well as a team, I think we're aggressive on the pitches we need to be aggressive on," Roenicke said. "But I think when we go bad, I think we start swinging at pitches that aren't good pitches to hit, and we get ourselves in trouble. Either behind in the count or we put a first ball in play that we don't square up well. And I think we get in a lot of trouble that way.

"But when we do it right and we're patient, we're good, offensively. How do we stay there? How do we have these good games against some really good pitchers and then the next night, face a guy that's just OK and not score? That's what's concerning to me about the offense."

The Astros have also been on a streak of late, and not one to boast about.

Houston followed up a 3-24 mark in July with a 1-7 start to August. Lately, however, the Astros have demonstrated a knack for keeping games close. They fell short against the NL East-leading Nationals by one run on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

"Once we get enough of those small victories on top of one another, we're going to start seeing some wins," Astros manager Brad Mills said.

The players chalk it up to their youth, and the club expects to reverse its current trajectory sooner rather than later.

"It's a rough stretch for us, this whole second half and earlier, past the first two months," said starter Jordan Lyles. "Like I said before, we'll get over it, we'll learn from it. We're a young team, and we'll bounce back and be stronger."

Brewers: Gomez garners extra playing time
Roenicke said Carlos Gomez will receive the majority of the playing time in center field for the rest of the season.

The 26-year-old is batting .256 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs. He homered and drove in a pair of runs in Wednesday's victory over the Reds.

"His at-bats, overall, definitely are better," Roenicke said. "We know he can play good defense. If he gets on base, he's going to steal. It really comes down to the at-bats. Everything else is good with his game. When he's hitting well, he's great to have in the lineup."

Before this year, Gomez had never hit more than eight home runs in a season.

• Mark Rogers will get the start on Friday. After a strong season debut against the Nationals, the right-hander gave up five runs in a loss to the Cardinals last time out.

• Left fielder Ryan Braun snapped an 0-for-18 slide with a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth inning on Wednesday.

Astros: Greene traded to Houston

 Houston acquired infielder Tyler Greene from St. Louis on Thursday for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Greene arrived in Houston on Thursday night, but won't be put on the 25-man roster until Friday, when the Astros will make a corresponding move.

"He's got all the talent in the world to be a successful Major League player. He's shown flashes of having success in St. Louis," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "Hopefully he'll feel like he's got an opportunity here to do that in a little bit more relaxed atmosphere and show us what he's capable of doing."

In 179 at-bats this season, Greene hit .218 with 15 extra-base hits, 19 RBIs and nine stolen bases.

• Right-hander Bud Norris will take the hill for the Astros on Friday. He's lost his last eight decisions, taking the loss on Sunday to the Braves after allowing four runs on seven hits in six innings.

Worth noting
• Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the third inning on Wednesday.

• The Brewers have won seven of their 11 meetings with the Astros this season.

• Astros center fielder Justin Maxwell is hitting .361 (13-for-36) in his last 11 games, with two double, two triples, two home runs and eight RBIs.

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