MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - The Milwaukee Brewers were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday after getting shut out at home by the Houston Astros, 7-0. The Brewers were all but eliminated in mid-August – but they won 24 of 30 games to get back in the race for the National League’s final Wild Card, before dropping three of their last nine. Left-fielder Ryan Braun said it was amazing that Milwaukee got back into the playoff chase, and everybody on the team’s proud of it. Manager Ron Roenicke would not say that the Brewers ran out of gas. He said the team was still high on adrenaline, but made a series of mistakes. Jordan Lyles threw his first Major League shutout for Houston – and he also homered for the first time in his career. Fernando Martinez, Jed Lowrie, and Matt Dominguez also went yard for the Astros. Mike Fiers took the loss, giving up five runs in six innings as his record fell to 9-10 overall and 0-3 in his last four outings. Despite their 53-106 record, Houston took two of three from the Brewers. Milwaukee has three home games left, starting tonight against San Diego. The Brewers need to win one of those contests to finish above .500 – something they didn’t think possible just over a month ago. Right-hander Shaun Marcum will start for the Crew tonight against Padres’ southpaw Clayton Richard. Coverage on WHBL begins at 6:35.
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