Houston Astros defeat Milwaukee Brewers, 8-5

MILWAUKEE (AP) Geoff Blum and the Houston Astros rallied for one important win.

Blum drove in four runs, Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer in the eighth and Houston beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 on Sunday.

Blum hit a three-run homer in the sixth and an RBI single in the ninth for Houston, which managed to get the win despite a shaky start by Roy Oswalt. Lance Berkman walked twice and scored three times.

"Huge," Blum said. "Huge. Any win right now is huge. We have ...

It's not how they wanted to leave home, but it could have been worse.

In the three days after the dismissal of pitching coach Bill Castro, the demotion of shortstop J.J. Hardy and the designation and eventual trade or release of third baseman Bill Hall, the Brewers were unbeaten until a late hiccup kept them from winning four in a row and sweeping Houston.

The Astros got a game-winning home run from Hunter Pence in the eighth inning for an 8-5 victory Sunday afternoo...