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The Astros lost two of three to the first-place Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend. This marked the first time that the Brewers had won a series against the Astros, in Houston, since September of 1997.

Staff ace Roy Oswalt took the loss on Friday. The Brewers won 4-1. After the game, the Astros called spring phenom Hunter Pence up from Round Rock. With Chris Burke benched in favor of Pence, the Astros won the Saturday game 10-1, giving rookie Chris Sampson the victory. Woody Williams went 0 for April as he lost the Sunday game to the Brewers 3-1. The Astros stranded 13 runners. The ‘Stros loaded the bases three times on Sunday, but were unable to score. The lone Sunday run came from a Mike Lamb pinch hit homer.

Burke, who wasn’t hitting, was benched, with Pence taking his place. However, Burke, who was batting .219 when he was benched, is not the only Astro who is not hitting. Craig Biggio is batting .250. Morgan Ensberg .247. Lance Berkman is batting .253. Carlos Lee is hitting .250. Luke Scott’s average has soared to .194, and Adam Everett is all of the way up to .240. Biggio stranded four runners on Sunday. Berkman stranded three, Lee stranded five, and Adam Everett stranded four.

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The Astros finished 10-14 for the month of April, with a game against the Cubs rained out and to be made up after the All-Star break. The team is in last place, five games back of the Brewers.

The Astros are off tonight. The team will open up the month of May on Tuesday with the first of three games at Minute Maid against the Reds. -- John Royal

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